Check out the adoption resources available from Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker and her unique “trifecta perspective” as a psychologist,
transracial adoptee & adoptive parent!


“My Adoption Story”
Activity Book for Elementary-Age Kids

Every adoptee needs to write their own story, but sometimes it can be tough getting started. This activity book uses helpful sticker sentence starters to get your adoptee thinking about all of the parts of their story, so they can fully express their thoughts and feelings about adoption. Sample pages by the author are included to guide your child in creating their story.


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“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!


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“EMPOWRD! Ways to Respond to Adoption Questions”
Video for Parents

The video for parents, to complement the workbook for kids! Developed by an adoptee, for adoptees – learn six simple and effective strategies for responding to questions about your or your child’s adoption story, and gain a deeper understanding of how to support your child as they develop the narrative around their adoption losses, struggles, and realizations throughout their childhood.

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“Talking to Transracially Adoptive Kids About Race & Racism”
Video for Parents

For foster and adoptive parents. Learn how to talk to your child about race and racism in a developmentally appropriate manner, using concrete examples to help them understand the importance of celebrating differences and diversity, and the acronym RAD RIC to remind them of options for responding to racism in a way that promotes positive racial identity development.

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“Understanding & Responding to Adoption Trauma”
Video for Parents

For foster and adoptive parents. Learn about how loss and trauma impact a child’s brain development and behavior, how to accurately recognize attention-seeking tantrums vs. genuine distress, and how to respond effectively with parenting that focuses on attunement and attachment when your child’s trauma-reactive behaviors are triggered. Strategies to support your child with common struggles are also addressed, such as aggression, argumentativeness, sleep anxiety, homework avoidance and more.

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