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Unlocking the Heart of Adoption
Running time: 56:40 minutes

Available on DVD with Closed Captioning

          Individual for Home Use Only ---  $24.95  

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          Adoption Agencies / Professionals --- 
$160.00 plus $15 shipping & handling

DVD and Workbook with Discussion Guide

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         Colleges / Universities ---  $250.00 plus $15 shipping & handling

DVD and Workbook with Discussion Guide

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Public High Schools / Public Libraries ---  $99.00 plus $15 shipping & handling

DVD and Workbook with Discussion Guide

Also available:

   Adoption Training - 3 Hour Curriculum on the Issues of Loss and Identity

For Purchase Orders call 415-564-3691 or email - unlockingheart@hotmail.com.  Send check to:

Sheila Ganz
Pandora's Box Productions
1546 Great Highway, Suite 44
San Francisco, CA  94122

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Unlocking the Heart of Adoption is a training tool for adoption professionals and college instructors.  The package includes a Workbook with a Viewer’s Guide that includes an outline of the film, description of the people in the film and a three-section Discussion Guide for each perspective of the adoption triad with quotes from the people in the film and thought-provoking questions.  Plus a list of books written by and for adoption triad members and professionals. 

Who should use Unlocking the Heart of Adoption:

Adoption agencies – preliminary, post adoption and foster care services, staff training  


Educational institutions – social work, psychology, sociology, family relations, ethnic studies, women’s studies, family law 
      
Professional organizations – social work, child welfare, psychology, family and individual counseling, family law

Library resources – hospitals, pregnancy clinics, infertility clinics

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Sample Discussion Questions

Please take a few minutes to reflect on the people you have seen in the film. What is your immediate impression of their concerns about the adoption experience?   How did these stories expand or change your knowledge of adoption?  If you have a relative, or friend who is in the adoption triad, do these stories help you to understand them better?

The people in the film candidly reveal their feelings about loss, identity, self-esteem, ethnicity and the need to know the truth.  How do you see these issues reflected in their stories?

If you are an adoptee, birthparent, or adoptive parent can you relate to any of these issues through your personal experiences?  Adoption happens to families, not just to individuals.  Do these stories help you understand your birth or adoptive family members better?  Do you think the film will give you a better basis for communication with your birth and/or adoptive family members?  Are there others you hope will see the film?

If you are thinking of adopting a child, or considering relinquishing your child for adoption, do the people in the film give you insight into the lifelong process of adoption?

Adoption Training Curriculum
In-Service Training for Foster and Adoption Agencies

Loss and Identity in the Lifelong Process of Adoption is part of 
The Dynamics of Shared Parenting In-service Training Series
with the Child Welfare Institute.

Understanding Loss and Identity Issues for Foster and Prospective Adoptive Parents - 3 hour Curriculum includes one hour to screen film.

$79.00 includes shipping and handling

Lifelong Process of Adoption represents core issues that are important to address in the foster and adopted child’s life.  Recognizing the complexities of the life situation of adoptees – every adopted person has two families, one by birth and one by adoption – the Lifelong Process of Adoption emphasizes acknowledgement of the losses and questions of identity that will surface over time, rather than denial that these issues exist.

The Curriculum includes an Introduction, 25 page Leader's Guide, Overheads and Handouts for the participants. Within the Lifelong Process of Adoption framework, foster and prospective adoptive parents work to understand the issues surrounding loss and identity for themselves, as well as for foster and adopted children, and birthparents.  This is seen within the context of bridging the gap between foster and adoption triad members, as they become aware of the commonalty of their experiences.  This allows for healing around these issues.

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Preview-for-Purchase Evaluation

Unlocking the Heart of Adoption is available for preview for serious institutional purchase evaluation only.  Preview requests must be made in writing on official letterhead. Pandora’s Box Productions reserves the right to qualify preview requests.

Customers requesting evaluation previews are normally charged a $20 handling fee.  This fee will be deducted from the purchase price if your purchase order is received within 60 days of preview.

Preview materials will be sent for an evaluation period of ten (10) business days. If more time is absolutely necessary, your preview request should explain.

Returns

Previewers are responsible for return shipping costs (via UPS or Priority Mail) and insurance.  DVD/cassette must be returned on time and in the same condition in which they were received. DVD/cassette damage will be billed at prevailing lab rates, with a $30 minimum.  Please do not return video tapes in fiber-lined packaging as this causes tape damage.

Rights & Restrictions

Purchases at the Institutional Rate are for educational and non-theatrical playback only. Unlocking the Heart of Adoption is fully protected by U.S. Copyright. Purchase, or preview does not include rights to rent, loan for a fee, or sublicense to others.  Video cassettes and DVD’s may not be altered, duplicated, digitized, reproduced (by videotape or other means), televised, or electronically transmitted in whole or part without specific authorization from Pandora’s Box Productions.

Purchase of Unlocking the Heart of Adoption at the Institutional Rate includes public performance rights, allowing the film to be shown before public audiences within libraries, adoption agencies, educational institutions and community centers.  If you plan to show the film at a paid admission screening or fund-raising event, you must inform us when you place your order.

Other questions concerning your order? call (415) 564-3691, or email: unlockingheart@hotmail.com

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