Learn how your (or your child's) origin story is different from a birth history. Often, our origin stories take place over many years as we learn to grow comfortable in our own skin and identify our place in the world.
Project Esther: The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network of Jewish Child & Family Services is pleased to present:
The Power of Narrative: Making Sense of Your Adoption Story
Join us for an enlightening conversation with a diverse panel of young adult adopted persons, facilitated by adoption author Carrie Goldman.
During this interactive and engaging evening, we will learn how helping adoptees make sense of their life story leads to emotional resilience.
By giving our children the tools to understand and retell their narrative -- even the parts that are painful or confusing -- we teach them that their own definition of their identity is the one that matters. Part of embracing a complex family structure is validating that our children can feel multiple things at the same time.
You can grieve your losses through adoption AND love your adoptive family AND your birth/ first family. You can long for your biological connections AND thrive in your relationships with your forever family.
In order to be healthy and whole, a person needs to be able to express, “This is who I am, and this is my story.” In the absence of this sense of self, people can struggle with shame, anxiety, and distress. It is never too late in life to figure out who you are, and it is never too late to learn how to share your story.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 • 7-8:30 pm
Jewish Child & Family Services
Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL
Free and open to the community. This event is made possible by a generous gift from the Rubens Family Foundation. Refreshments will be served. Kosher dietary laws observed.
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Carrie Goldman is the writer of Portrait of an Adoption. She is an award-winning author, speaker, and bullying prevention educator. Follow Carrie's blog Portrait of an Adoption on Facebook and Twitter
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