Keynote Speech and Breakout Session at Full Circle Conference
October 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
“From Struggles to Superpowers: Reframing the Seven Core Issues in Adoption”
Keynote Speech Presented by Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker at the Nebraska Children’s Home Society Full Circle Conference:
SUPPORT FOR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES COMES FULL CIRCLE
The seven core issues in adoption are often perceived as barriers to an adoptee’s ability to be healthy and successful. But what if we viewed these issues – loss, rejection, guilt/shame, grief, identity, intimacy, and control – on a spectrum that ranges from struggle to strength? Join Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker as she guides you into the extraordinary and often overlooked world of adoptee strengths and superpowers. Learn to support your adoptee’s natural tendencies, embrace their unique methods for problem-solving and navigating relationships, and empower them to feel proud of the remarkable ways in which they contribute to the world.
“Supporting Transracial Identity: Understanding the Racial and Cultural Needs of Transracially Parented Youth”
Breakout Session Presented by Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker
Join Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker in this breakout session as she addresses the challenges of parenting transracial adoptees of color through the lens of the seven core issues in adoption combined with her model of the racial and cultural identity needs of transracial adoptees. Explore the distinct needs of adoptees of color as they strive to build a positive racial/cultural identity, open up family dialogue around racial and cultural needs, and consider how you as a caregiver can support this process by building access to racial and cultural mirrors.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker is a licensed psychologist, international/transracial adoptee of color, and an adoptive parent. She specializes in providing mental health support focused on adoption, trauma, and racial identity work through her private practice based in Denver, Colorado. She is a frequent speaker and trainer at adoption agencies, camps, and conferences throughout the U.S., and the creator of the National Adoptee-Therapist Directory. She authored “The Adoptee Self-Reflection Journal,” “The Adoptive Parent Self-Reflection Journal,” and will be releasing a children’s book series entitled “Adoptees Like Me” for elementary-age adoptees in 2022.