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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 professionals.
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?
In-Service Training for Foster and Adoption Agencies
- 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.
2015 Sheila Ganz