W.I.S.E. Up! Workshop

This workshop is for pre-adoptive and adoptive parents, as well as adopted children ages 6-11.

Did you know nearly every adopted child is asked questions about their adoption? For children in trans-racial families, they may also be asked questions about their race. This may start as early as age 3 with: “Why don’t you look like your mom?” For others, it may not begin until ages 6, 7 or even 8 with: “Why were you adopted?” or “Where is your real mother?”

Now you can empower your child with W.I.S.E. Up! The nationally recognized tool developed by C.A.S.E. to help parents just like you empower their children to handle comments and questions; and to decide the most comfortable ways to communicate about their adoption story with others.

The workshop is facilitated by IAC Center Counselors; with adults who were adopted as assistants. The format includes separate and joint sessions for parent and for children groups. In this workshop parents and children will learn:

A common language to use in communicating about these issues within the family

Strategies and tools to deal effectively with difficult adoption-related situations

To feel empowered when confronted with inappropriate comments and questions

Session 1:
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
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Parents meet with one IAC Center Counselor while children meet with a second IAC Center Counselor. Adults who were adopted will assist with the children’s group.

Each group will identify difficult situations and learn the W.I.S.E. Up tools and strategies for dealing with them.

Lunch and Chat:
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A Demonstration of WISE Up tools

Adult Adoptee Panel for parents while children play games and do arts and crafts.

Based in Pennington, NJ