Conscious Adoption: Adoptive Parent Education

FALL 2022 COURSES

COST: $1200/household

This is a 12-session course that meets on Thursdays for 1.5 hours on Zoom

Every child deserves to know their origin story and why they came to be part of their adoptive family. Are you prepared to talk about adoption in a way that is full of complexity and nuance from the moment your child joins your family? Adoption Mosaic believes parents should not have to do this alone. This course prepares you to tell your family’s story by: 

  • Creating space for parents to talk about their decision to adopt 
  • Integrating adoption into the family legacy
  • Unpacking the common adoption narrative
  • Developing age-appropriate strategies to address complex conversations 
  • Connecting to a community of other adoptive parents 

This curriculum has been developed by both adoptees and adoptive parents. Our aim is to serve adoptees by teaching parents adoption competency, how to build family legacy, and creating community.

Facilitators

Astrid Castro, Founder and CEO of 
Adoption Mosaic, has over 30 years of 
experience supporting the adoption 
constellation. 

Sujata Soni Wipper, adoptive parent and school psychologist.

Jennifer Poole, MA CPC, Family Coach, Parenting Educator and a mother, step-mother, and an adoptee.

COST: $800/household

This is an 8-session course that meets on Tuesday for 1.5 hours on Zoom

All transracial/interracial adoptees deserve to have parents that understand that race matters. Think about your family and community, are you raising your child in racial isolation? Adoption Mosaic has created this course to give adoptive parents a compassionate space to learn about race and racism. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge AND will have the opportunity to move theory into practice by learning about: 

  • The history of race & adoption in the U.S. 
  • How to talk age-appropriately about race & racism 
  • The struggle for identity of transracial adoptees 
  • The role race & racism play in your family and community

This curriculum has been developed and is facilitated by transracial/interracial adoptees. Our aim is to serve adoptees by teaching parents adoption competency, how to build family legacy, and creating community.

Facilitators

Astrid Castro, Founder and CEO of 
Adoption Mosaic, has over 30 years of 
experience supporting the adoption 
constellation. 

Shelise Gieseke, Head of Operations at Adoption Mosaic has over 10 years experience in the adoption community as an educator, editor, and mentor. Shelise is an interracial adoptee from South Korea. 

2023 COURSES

Registration for 2023 will open at a later date. Email events@adoptionmosaic.com to be put on a notification list. 

COST: $1200/household

Facilitators

Astrid Castro, Founder and CEO of 
Adoption Mosaic, has over 30 years of 
experience supporting the adoption 
constellation. 

Sujata Soni Wipper, adoptive parent and school psychologist.

Jennifer Poole, MA CPC, Family Coach, Parenting Educator and a mother, step-mother, and an adoptee. 

COST: $800/household

COST: $600/household

The kids grow up so fast! Adoptive parents may become grandparents. And the issues related to adoption are over. Or maybe the issues take on a new form. Join us for a virtual six week program to talk together.

  •  Reflect on why we chose adoption, and what we have learned over decades of raising children
  • Dig into the challenges of talking about race, the adoption industry, gratitude, anger, adoption fog, search, and reunion
  • Practice talking about these adoption issues with your adult children and with others, in ways that are clear, respectful, and helpful. 

This curriculum has been developed by both an adoptee, Astrid Castro, Director and Founder of Adoption Mosaic, and an adoptive parent, Maureen McCauley. Our aim is to serve adoptees (including those who are adults) and parents in the spirit of openness and understanding. 

Facilitators

Astrid Castro, Founder and CEO of 
Adoption Mosaic, has over 30 years of 
experience supporting the adoption 
constellation. 

Maureen McCauley, adoptive parent, writer, and adoptee ally.