NEWS AND TRIBUNE
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Even adopted kids whose skin color “matches” their parents’ will be asked about adoption. The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) reports that children in same-race adoptions may first receive questions between the ages of six and eight, when friends and classmates begin to be curious about adoption.
Talking with children about their adoptions is important for all adoptive parents. “The level of comfort a parent experiences in addressing this issue will have a direct effect on the child’s comfort level,” said social worker Rhonda Gore.This summer, Gore will lead a parents’ workshop on the C.A.S.E.-developed W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook. The workshop will be Saturday, July 27, at Eastside Christian Church, 2319 Charlestown-New Albany Road, Jeffersonville and is hosted by Southern Indiana Adoption Groups, a Jeffersonville-based network of regional adoptive families, church groups and support organizations. Rhonda Gore, MAMFC, will lead a four-hour parents’ workshop on the W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook. Gore will guide parents through the 29-page workbook with a combination of teaching, interactive discussion and role play to equip them to go through it with their children. Attendees do not need to have a copy of the workbook.
Childcare for the workshop is available and lunch is included. Registration is open at www.adoptedindiana.org.
Through June 30, base registration is $15 per adult. Children do not need to register. Lunch is $5 per child and $6 per adult. Registration and lunch fees are paid in advance online. Childcare is $10 per child or $20 per family on the day of the workshop. Late Registration pricing begins July 1.