My Birth Mother "Friended" Me: Being Proactive Before and After Contact Through Social Networking

In a world where texting, tweeting, and "friending" on Face Book are the norm, it is not surprising that more adopted children and birth families are beginning to connect through social media outlets. Many adopted youth yearn for information about their birth family, and social media makes it very easy for them to search and make those connections. Regardless of who initiates contact, youth are often not emotionally prepared to manage this complicated relationship on their own. Adoptive and foster parents may feel betrayed and conflicted, especially when contact occurs without their prior knowledge or consent. More importantly, they may be unsure how to help their child navigate this complicated journey in a healthy and appropriate way. This seminar will explore the complex issue of adoption and social media, and will offer families practical guidance and support. Case scenarios will be presented, and participants will be provided with information and strategies they can employ both before and after contact occurs.