UPCOMING TRAININGS

(View recordings for past webinars at the bottom of the page):

*Jan. 18 & 25, 2022 ~ Raise the Future ~ Webinar: The Hierarchy of Racial and Cultural and Needs of Transracial Adoptees and Fosterees – Parts 1 & 2

*Jan. 23, 2022 ~ Expert Voices in Adoption Webinar: Transforming Trauma: Rewire Your Brain for Resilience and Joy
by Presenter Lesli Johnson, LMFT

*Feb. 23, 2022 ~ Expert Voices in Adoption Webinar: The Unrecognized Developmental Trauma of Early Relinquishment in Adoption
by Presenter Meggin Nam Holtz, LMSW

*March 24, 2022 ~ Expert Voices in Adoption Webinar: This is Why I Was Adopted: Navigating Loss on a Journey Toward Hope
by Presenter Cam Lee Small, LPCC

BOOKS & VIDEOS:

“The Adoptee Self-Reflection Journal”
Journal-Writing Prompts for Adopted Teens & Adults

This journal is for every adoptee who seeks to self-reflect and better understand their adoption journey, identity, and experiences. Over 50 prompts are included to guide exploration on a number of topics, including chapters entitled “In the Beginning,” “Beliefs,” “Wishes and What If’s,” “Relationships,” “Boundaries,” “The Media,” and more.

Self-Reflection Journals


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“The Adoptive Parent Self-Reflection Journal”
Journal-Writing Prompts for Adoptive Parents

This journal is for every adoptive parent who seeks to better understand themselves and their relationship with their adoptive child. Over 70 prompts are included to guide exploration on a number of topics, including chapters modeled after the journal for adoptees entitled “In the Beginning,” “Beliefs,” “Wishes and What If’s,” “Relationships,” “Boundaries,” “The Media,” and more. *Be sure to choose the 2nd item on the dropdown menu for the parent journal!

Self-Reflection Journals



“EMPOWRD! Ways to Respond to Adoption Questions”
Activity Book for Elementary-Age Kids

Learn about and practice six simple and effective strategies for responding to other people’s adoption questions in this fun activity book – developed by an adoptee, for adoptees! SOLD OUT – CHECK BACK IN 2022 FOR THE NEW “ADOPTEES LIKE ME” BOOK SERIES FOR ELEMENTARY-AGE CHILDREN!


“Videos & Recorded Webinars for Parents” – View past videos & recorded webinars from Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker’s unique “trifecta perspective” as a psychologist, adoptee & adoptive parent on Vimeo:

  • Talking to Your Child’s Teacher About Inclusive Family Trees
  • How Trauma Impacts the Adoptee Brain: Implicit Memories & the 6 F’s
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Transitions & Separation Anxiety
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Homework Headaches
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Rages & Aggression
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Lying, Stealing & Hoarding
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Argumentative & Oppositional
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Bedtime Struggles
  • Creative Discipline Strategies that Build Healthy Attachment
  • The Best Ways to Handle Bullying at School
  • The Mixed Emotions of Adoption Anniversaries, Birthdays & Holidays
  • EMPOWRD! Ways to Respond to Adoption Questions
  • Emotional Preparedness for Homeland Visits
  • Name Changes in Adoption
  • Screening for an Adoption-Competent Therapist
  • How to Help a Child Narrate Their Adoption Story
  • How to Talk About Difficult Birth Histories: Abuse/Neglect/DV
  • How to Talk About Difficult Birth Histories: Substance Abuse
  • How to Talk About Difficult Birth Histories: Product of Rape/Prostitution
  • How to Talk About Difficult Birth Histories: Human Trafficking
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: Understanding the Lingo & System
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: Recognizing Microaggressions
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: How to Respond to Your Child After Negative Racial Incidents
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: S.H.A.R.E.D. Responses to Racism
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: Racial Mirrors, Maslow’s Hierarchy & The Cultural Iceberg
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Loss
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Rejection
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Guilt/Shame
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Grief
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Identity
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Intimacy
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Control
  • Understanding & Responding to Adoption Trauma
  • Talking to Transracially Adoptive Kids About Race & Racism
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