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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 Viewers 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
Who should use Unlocking the Heart of Adoption:
Adoption agencies preliminary, post adoption and foster care services, staff
Educational institutions social work, psychology, sociology, family
relations, ethnic studies, womens studies, family law
Professional organizations social work, child welfare, psychology, family and
individual counseling, family law
Library resources hospitals, pregnancy clinics, infertility clinics Back to top
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
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.
Lifelong Process of Adoption represents core issues that are
important to address in the foster and adopted childs 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
This allows for healing around these issues.
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. Pandoras 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
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 DVDs may not be altered,
duplicated, digitized, reproduced (by videotape or other means), televised, or
electronically transmitted in whole or part without specific authorization from
Pandoras 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.