Katie Naftzger will discuss how to help your adopted teen feel empowered and optimistic about the future and strengthen your relationships along the way. Katie will take you through the four essential tasks - “unrescuing,” setting adoption-sensitive limits, having connecting conversations, and envisioning the future. She will also include mental health and answer that burning question, “Is this adoption or teen hood?"
WHO: Open to Public
WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
* Registration cutoff on Friday, Jan 19, at 12 noon
WHERE: Manhattan location to be announced
COST: $20 per parent / couple general public
* FREE for Also-Known-As Members, but you must still register in advance (note that all families in our mentorship program are Members and therefore qualify for free)
* $5 for members of affiliate adoption groups such as FCCNY, AVI, Spence Chapin
INFO: Send questions to Michael Mullen
Katie's recent book Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years will be available for purchase and autographing at the event.
NOTE that this is an event for only ADULTS, and childcare will not be available.
KATIE NAFTZGER, LICSW, Korean, adopted psychotherapist, works with adoptive parents and adoptees through the life cycle. She maintains a private practice in Newton, MA and speaks nationally about adoption, race, and parenting. She leads online and local groups for adoptive parents. She is the author of Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years. You can also see her work in Adoptive Families magazine, Adoption Today. She is on the advisory council for the Korean-American Adoptee Network Conference. Katie has also been interviewed on several podcasts, including The Rambler, AdopteesOn and Creating a Family. Learn more and join her mailing list at www.adoptiontherapyma.com.