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About one out of 10 Americans is an adoptee, adoptive parent or birth parent. (National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey)

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Beyond Culture Camp: A Guide for Professionals

All parents want their children to grow up with a healthy sense of self. Yet for transracially formed adoptive families, the notion that this will naturally develop cannot be taken for granted. For these families, adoption is an obvious component of who they are. They may face questions from perfect strangers about being adopted, whether they invite the discussion or not. What's more, society's persistent race-based stereotypes will likely impact these adopted persons in ways that their parents may not have personally experienced or even anticipated.

In a first of its kind study, Beyond Culture Camp: Promoting Healthy Identity Formation in Adoption, more than 450 adult adoptees were surveyed to better understand the complex and inter-related impacts of being adopted and being raised by parents of a different ethnicity. Respondents reflected back on their childhood, adolescence and adulthood, giving powerful insights as to what helped them gain a positive sense of self and what hindered that development.

This webinar, geared toward adoption professionals, features Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, reviewing key findings from the study.  Mr. Pertman is joined by Judy Stigger, an adoption counselor with thirty plus years of experience and the adoptive mom of two transracially placed children.  Ms. Stigger offers practical recommendations for adoptive parents on how to promote a healthy sense of self in their "conspicuous family".

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Beyond Culture Camp: A Guide for Professionals
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Judy Stigger, LCSW

Judy, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and adoptive mom, has been serving families and children in the field of adoption for over 30 years. Instrumental in launching The Cradle's international program, Judy was also a lead developer for Adoption Learning Partner's debut course, Conspicuous Families.

She serves on the board of Adoptive Families magazine, is the past president of Joint Council on International Children's Services, and is currently serving as the Clinical Director of Adoption Learning Partners.

Adam Pertman

Adam is the author of Adoption Nation and associate editor of Adoption Quarterly. Adam has contributed to many articles on adoption-related issues and has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses and trainings.