Foundations of Family Legacy

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? 

We believe 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 is a 12 week course that covers all of the above and more in twelve 90 minute sessions. 

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.

Meet your facilitators below. Click on their photos to read more about them!

Our next course:

Dates: Jan. 19, 26
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6 (2023)
Time: Thursdays, 4-5:30pm PT
Cost: $1200 per household

Facilitators

Astrid Castro

Sujata Soni Wipper

Jennifer Poole

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We offer FREE 15 minute virtual consultations with our founder and CEO Astrid Castro. If you are not satisfied with the results of your assessment quiz or would prefer to speak to someone about which of our services is right for you then this is the perfect choice!

Astrid Castro wears a yellow and white flower shirt and smiles at the camera.

Astrid Castro

Founder and CEO
(she/her)

Astrid Castro (she/her/hers) is the founder and CEO of Adoption Mosaic. Her life-long interest in adoption is rooted in her own adoption at the age of four from Colombia (along  with her older sister). Astrid has been in reunion with her birth family in Colombia since December 2011. Read about Astrid’s journey of searching and finding her birth mother in The Oregonian Part 1 and Part 2.

Astrid has a degree in sociology with an emphasis in adoption. Since 1992, she has traveled the country to lead youth groups, present workshops on transracial parenting, how to talk with children about adoption, and various other workshops focusing on adoption. Prior to creating Adoption Mosaic, Astrid worked in both the private and public sectors of various adoption organizations such as the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC), Holt International and Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange, and VIDA (while living in Italy).

She has also sat on several boards of directors (North American Council on Adoptable Children, Open Adoption and Family Services, Northwest Adoptive Families Association, Spoon Foundation)​ to support the adoption community. 

Astrid has also been featured on many podcasts and contributed a chapter to the anthology, Parenting as Adoptees. She has also helped to develop materials such as Adoption in the Movies, and Adoptive Parent Training: Developing Communication Skills, an innovative, evidence-based, training DVD. 

Astrid’s personal experiences as an adoptee, a woman of color, and growing up in a white family and community, fuel her professional path to helping others. She is aware of the benefit of post-adoption services for individuals and their families and seeks to bring these services to the adoption community. 

When Astrid is not working she loves training for half marathons, firing up her outdoor pizza oven and sharing homemade pizza with family and friends and biking with her little dogs, Guapo and Baci. Her absolute favorite thing is to enjoy the adventures of life with her amazing daughter.

Sujata Soni Wipper

Conscious Adoption Course Facilitator
(she/her)

Sujata Soni Wipper is an adoptive mother and school psychologist.

She has been working with children, educators, and families for the last 15 years in a variety of educational settings. Her expertise is in behavior consultation, psychological assessment and counseling. She also supports her district’s staff equity team and helped to create and to co-facilitate the student equity team.

She and her husband adopted their daughter through domestic open adoption. Sujata is a co-facilitator for Adoption Mosaic’s Conscious Adoption: Foundations course.

Jennifer Poole

Adoptee Outreach Coordinator and Parenting Coach
(she/her)

Jennifer Poole was adopted as an infant in a closed adoption. She holds a Masters Degree in Interfaith Pastoral Counseling, where she wrote her thesis on “Openness in Adoption as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth”. It was during this time, in 2001, that she initiated her reunion with her birth mother and later with her birth father. 

Passionate about supporting families, she is certified in Hand in Hand Parenting, Redirecting Children’s Behavior, the Enneagram, and Whole Person Design Life Coaching. Drawing from a large tool box which includes continuing education in Mindfulness, High Conflict Diversion, ADHD, ACES, Attachment Theory and Trauma Informed Care, Jennifer provides counseling and coaching to help families move from conflict to the connection they seek. 

She currently lives in Oregon with her husband. Together they have 4 grown children.