By Joni S. Mantell, LCSW, Director Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center and Judith Kottick, LCSW, Director Fertility Counseling and Consulting Services Why disclose Children need information about their genetic origins to understand their identity as they grow up. Taking an open approach to information sharing about their donor conception: Helps children understand their nature and […]
Many adult adoptees report that adoption was on their minds much more than it was discussed at home. The single most common factor in their not discussing adoption with their parents was that they picked up on their parents’ discomfort with the topic.
Therapeutic Writing Workshop for Birth Parents of Children Ages Infancy to 21 Express yourself…Gain clarity…Work through feelings… Enjoy the amazing healing power of writing… And meet others with similar experiences Each meeting will include writing prompts, time to write, the optional opportunity to share your writing or to simply enjoy the personal insights gained by doing the writing […]
Happy Spring! I don’t know about you but I am going to act like its Spring even if it’s cold outside. Read about: What’s NEW at IAC Center Some stimulating articles and a video A Spring event you can participate in that helps the World Wide Orphan Organization WWO. IAC Center NEWS Joni Mantell, LCSW, […]
How to Talk to Your Kids about Adoption Workshop Workshop Outline The Whole Truth The Facts of Life Budding Curiosity: Talking about adoption Ages 3 to 5 Talking 3-5 Talking tips till 6 Talking to Kids about Adoption ages 6-8 Talking tips 7 to 12 Dealing With Your Child’s Birth Parent Fantasy Talking to Your […]
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Closed era adoptions are very different from most modern domestic adoptions in that adoptees and their adoptive parents typically had very little if any information; and adoptive parents were not educated about “How to talk to kids about adoption.” As a result there are many scars from the shame and secrecy of this era. Search […]
For Pre-Adoptive and Adoptive Parents Open Adoption Reference Guide: by Joni Mantell, MSW – This is a good guide for starting this relationship on the right foot, dealing with bumps on the road and keeping the focus on the purpose of the relationship: the best interests of the child. The Open-Hearted Way to Open […]
Ages 2 to 5 and up Katz, Karen. Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale. Through mystical storytelling and beautiful imagery, the process of adoption from start to finish is told in terms that will enchant young readers. (A Joni Mantell favorite) Curtis, Jamie Lee. Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born. Some family […]
Adopting After Infertility, by Patricia Irwin Johnson. A book to help you and your partner assess where you are at; when and how you are able to move from medical treatments to adoption. In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption, By Elisabeth O’Toole (2010). An excellent book for grandparents, other […]
This list was developed by Stefani Moon, LPC, Program Director for the Open Arms Adoption Network and Joni Mantell, LCSW, Director of IAC Counseling Center made some additions Books for Adults: I’m Chocolate You’re Vanilla: Raising healthy black and biracial children in a race-conscious world by Marguerite A. Wright The Harris Narratives: An introspective […]
Joni Mantell presents THE HANJI BOX + discussion with director Nora Jacobson Please join us on Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 PM at the Hopewell Theatre for a special viewing of an award-winning film, The Hanji Box, which depicts the stormy relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter which is complicated by adoption […]
By Susan Merkel, MSW, LSWfirstname.lastname@example.org IAC Center Counselor While many people start their adoption process unsure of where, and how to proceed; Lisa and Harry had a unique perspective which led them specifically to Guatemala. After learning medical issues would prevent a safe pregnancy, the couple took a break from their jobs and traveled […]
10 Things Birth Mothers Want Adoptive Parents to Know Profiles: What To do and What Not to Do Openness in Communication Be Patient, Kind & Understanding We Have to choose each other Don’t Assume It’s Okay to Ask About the Birth Father Know the Professionals That You’re Working With Respect the Hospital/Birth Plan […]