Expert Voices in Adoption Webinars

Expert Voices in Adoption

The Expert Voices In Adoption Webinar Series is hosted by adoptee, adoptive parent, and psychologist Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker. Each month features an adoptee speaker with expertise in the human services and mental health fields. Topics will focus on the lived experiences of adopted individuals, with an emphasis on unique concepts that showcase a deeper understanding of the mental health needs of adoptees. Adult adoptees, adoptive caregivers, and adoption professionals are welcome to attend. All webinars are recorded and automatically sent to all registrants within a couple of hours of live air; recordings are viewable for at least 30 days after live air. Fee: $25 (non-transferable, non-refundable). Registration details are below.

2022 Webinar Schedule

Webinar Details

Attachment and Parenting as Adoptees
Adoptee Presenter: Spring Hecht, LICSW
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 @ 12:00-1:00PM-MDT

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There are many unique experiences parenting as an adopted person. Becoming a first-time parent is a milestone and life transition that can trigger attachment wounds. This new role must be successfully integrated into the adoptee parent’s identity which can be more complex for the adopted person since identity is one of the seven lifelong issues in adoption. There are not many resources available to help adult adoptee parents or professionals working with this population. More training is needed to ensure adequate understanding of how to help these clients heal and cultivate healthy, secure attachments with their children and co-parent.

Spring HechtSpring Hecht is an adopted person from South Korea who has spent over 20 years working in the adoption field. Spring’s professional experiences include being a psychotherapist/clinical social worker, adoption agency administrator, public health researcher, adoption presenter and trainer. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Washington Adoption Reunion Movement, Vashon Island School Board, and the Adoptee Mentoring Society, as well as chairing a committee for racial equity in education. Her current work includes private clinical practice in Seattle focused on supporting BIPOC adopted teens and adults, consulting, training and parent coaching and education. Learn more about Spring’s work at Healingworkstherapy.com.

The Journey: Returning to My Birth Country
Adoptee Presenter: Amber Turcotte, LICSW
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 @ 6:30-7:30PM MDT

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Traveling internationally is a big decision, especially if you are going back to a place that was once your home. When adoptees choose to return to their birth country, it can be for a variety of reasons such as exploring, sightseeing, searching, or moving. Preparing for a trip to one's birth country is essential, and while an adoptee is planning the physical components for their trip, it is also important for them to consider the emotional components. A range of emotions may come up before, during, or after a trip to one's birth country. This webinar will share one adoptee's insights and experiences after multiple trips back to their birth country. It will cover things to consider in preparing for a trip, self-care on the trip, and the importance of documenting the trip.

Amber Turcotte, LICSW is a transnational and transracial adoptee from India. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Minnesota and has been working in schools for eight years. Amber loves to travel and has had the opportunity to travel back to India multiple times as an adult.

Are you a mental health professional and adopted person who would like to present for the Expert Voices in Adoption webinars?

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Feedback on the Expert Voices in Adoption Series

Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker kicked off the Expert Voices In Adoption Webinar Series with a day-long conference in November 2021 that featured a full line-up of adoptee-clinicians. Read the incredible feedback attendees had to share about the presentations below!

“I thought the conference one of the best I've attended re adoption.”

"All of the sessions were excellent! The presenters had so much knowledge to share and I feel very grateful to have learned from each of them. I particularly liked the talk on eating disorders and the morning session on the question of searching. Lots to think about and process ...”

“The presenters were very knowledgeable and so were the panelists. I learned a lot and I hope to watch again to go over what I missed! Personally as an adoptee, these panelists and clinicians are people I would consider mentors and trailblazers as they motivate me to reach my goal of also becoming an adoptee clinician but also giving me the reality of what it is like to be a clinician but also an adoptee.”

“All presentations were very clear, concise, and packed full of important information. The spectrum of topics covered was well-planned. I feel much better informed and have a renewed empathy for adoptees and adoption professionals.”

“They were all wonderful and very helpful information. I learned a great deal. Thank you!”

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