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The international adoption process changed significantly with the U.S. implementation of the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption. The treaty was designed to protect the interests of all parties in adoption and to prevent the abduction or sale of children.


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Adoption & Identity: nature, nurture and the lifelong journey to self

It’s an age old question, isn’t it? Nature vs. Nurture.

We know, of course, that this isn’t an either/or proposition. Both are part of us and influences of each are important building blocks to our sense of self. And this sense changes as we mature. Adoption can add a layer of complexity to this, too.

As an adopted person grows up, their understanding of who they are and what is influencing them becomes more nuanced and complex. Questions, for instance, about birth family or the circumstances of their placement may become more pointed and harder to answer. Or there may be a tendency to avoid the topic altogether.

As parents, we want to be there for our children as they struggle. Yet adopted persons, especially teens and 'tweens, may keep much of these adoption and identity struggles to themselves. So it’s hard to know how to help.

Join us as Michelle Madrid-Branch, an internationally placed adopted person, shares her personal struggles on the topic. An accomplished author and speaker, Michelle has explored her own journey to self more than most of us. Her insights are sharp and candid as she relays what it looked like for her to come to terms with the various, difficult aspects of her story and how she pieced together for herself the things that mattered going forward.

Building from Michelle's story, Carmen Knight, an experienced adoption therapist and transracially placed adopted person herself, will expand upon the lessons from Michelle's story and thereby help parents learn how to:

  • Identify opportunities to help your child process various pieces of their story
  • Empathize with their conflicting feelings of loss and stay part of the conversation
  • Recognize how common life events can serve as emotional triggers for adopted people

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This webinar was offered live July 28, 2016. Once purchased, you will launch the recorded webinar from the link in your account page.

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Adoption & Identity: nature, nurture and the lifelong journey to self
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Michelle Madrid-Branch

Michelle Madrid-Branch is an author, speaker and global advocate for women and children. She is the Executive Producer and Host of The Greater Than Project, a documentary web series exploring the intrinsic greatness within women. An international adoptee herself, she is the recipient of the 2004 Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.

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Carmen Knight

Carmen Knight is an international transracial adoptee from Peru. She has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is currently working as an adoptive parent counselor at The Cradle.

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