AFHK is happy to host this timely webinar and discussion on back-to-school challenges relating to children with a history of adoption and foster care. This will also be taking into consideration the specific challenges presented right now - pandemic, virtual school, heightened anxiety - things that are hard for children with a history of loss.
In this session we will have an hour-long webinar followed by 45 minutes of facilitated discussion on application within our local context. In the webinar transracially-adopted person and adoption and foster care thought-leader April Dinwoodie will share thoughts on the intersection of adoption and education from early childhood experiences to secondary school to university and beyond. Participants will experience a mix of personal experiences, anecdotes and themes from school-based adoption affinity groups, and parent support groups as well as be offered tips and ideas to better support and advocate for adopted children and young people along their educational journey.
April Dinwoodie is a transracially-adopted person, and a thought leader on non-traditional and multiracial families. She is the former Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, the founder of Adoptment - a mentoring program that matches foster youth with adopted adults, and hosts “Born in June, Raised in April: What Adoption Can Teach the World” a podcast about adoption, identity and family. As an inclusion and diversity expert, April works with families, corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, and other government agencies to support the healthy identity development of all children and young people.
Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S is a therapist, trainer and consultant and has over 15 years of practice in family and play therapy, specializing in complex trauma, attachment, and adoption. She recently relocated to Grand Rapids, MI from Austin, TX and she also consults, teaches, and trains extensively throughout the US.
Our discussion time will be facilitated by AFHK volunteer Ann Bridgewater, MSc Clin Psych. Ann is a clinical psychologist and also an experienced occupational therapist, who works with families and children in Hong Kong.This online event is open to all parents and caregivers, waiting and prospective parents, adult adoptees, professionals and students. A Zoom link will be circulated to registrants before the event.
- Please log in from 6:50; event will begin at 7pm;
- 95HKD for members;
- 145HKD for non-members or lapsed members