OPEN Adopt-ED Salon Group Forum
for ANYONE interested in learning from the experience of
an Adopted Person, a Former Foster Youth, a Birth Mother or Father and
Foster or Adoptive Parent.
A small group format, which allows for participants to learn more about adoption or foster care firsthand, (via question cards) with answers given by an Adopted Person, Former Foster Youth, a Birth Mother or Father, and/or a Foster or Adoptive Parent.
Open Adopt Salon was developed and is supported by the CELIA CENTER, a non-profit Adoption and Foster Care Support organization and supported by
A place for the Adoption & Foster Care community to come together to share stories, thoughts, feelings, ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, learn about search and reunion, and build strong bonds/connections.
Participants: Anyone interested in learning about Foster Care and Adoption FIRSTHAND experiences!
When: WEDNESDAY, October 2nd, 2019.
Where: Vista Del Mar 3200 Motor Ave. Los Angeles CA 90034
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm
Fee: $20 entry
$10 Additional for 2 Hours of Continuing Education Credit.
Celia Center Founder Jeanette Yoffe Los Angeles provides Adoption and Foster Care Education and Support
Celia Center Inc is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #121492. The target audience is the following: educators, teachers, health providers, licensed professionals in the community: LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCCs, and/or LEP’s.
This event facilitated by Jeanette Yoffe, M.F.T., Adult Adoptee and Former Foster Youth and Founder of Celia Center.
What people are saying about Celia Center!
“I just wanted to give a big THANK YOU for allowing me to observe your group. It was absolutely amazing, empowering and nothing that I have ever heard before. Something of this magnitude would be so beneficial for ALL to witness, and listen to. I can see this becoming huge. Your influence, compassion, and empathy illuminate in every member of the group.”
HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE, 1639 18th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA
About The Event
This event will give purpose and voice, utilizing the expressive arts in all mediums to bring awareness to foster care and adoption. All funds raised will go to support the event, the artists, and Celia Center programs
PERFORMING ARTISTS FEATURED
Born, Never Asked by Zoe Klein Productions is an acrobatic dance journey of a Colombian adoptee’s search for belonging and sheds light on the complexity of international adoption through acrobatics, dance, spoken word, and visual imagery.
Susan Harris O’Connor recites The Harris Narratives
Jeanette Yoffe performs scenes from What’s Your Name, Who’s Your Daddy?
Denise Schnelle recites BIRTHMOTHER
Julayne Lee, Korean American Poet, Adoptee
Julia Miller Dunnett, Teen Singer, Adoptee
Nicole Rademacher, Artist Presents a Film, Adoptee
Briana Spencer, Spoken Word, Foster Alumni
If you know artists, performers, who may be interested in presenting at this festival or other Celia Center events please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanette Yoffe was interviewed for this podcast on February 16, 2018.
Podcaster Haley Radke invites Jeanette Yoffe to share what inspired her to begin a support group for adoptees. Discussion covers how to start your own group and best practices for peer-facilitated groups.
If starting or joining a support group feels too intimidating, don’t worry! Jeanette has a great idea for free support: find a listening partner.
The Adoption Constellation: New Ways of Thinking About and Practicing Adoption by Michael Phillip Grand
Using the term adoption constellation vs adoption triad
Adopt Salon constellation groups can include: adoptees, adoptive parents, first parents, foster youth, foster alumni, foster families, social workers, spouses, siblings
Suggested Support Group Rules:
We support each other here, we don’t fix each other – no unsolicited advice
Everyone gets a turn to share (5 minutes). What’s your name, what are you here for – do you have a question, do you want support for something in particular? You can share briefly about your story.
You can ask questions if you do want advice.
You can be here and not share: OWL (Observe, Watch and Listen)
Keep everything confidential that is shared in the group
We need firm and safe group rules so we don’t experience secondary trauma
Constellation groups help us examine adoption from multiple angles; helps in growing compassion and acknowledging it is a shared experience.
Celia Center support groups have been featured on OWN’s Television Show, “Raising Whitley” and TLC’s “Long Lost Family”
If you can’t find a group, don’t feel comfortable going to a group, don’t want to start your own… Find a listening partner! Book a regular call that is to someone who will just listen. Listen, receive and acknowledge.
Support groups to listen, share and support; you can also have guests come in and present, maybe for 15 minutes on different topics – mindfulness, an education piece about trauma, sharing their story… but leave space for the group to still share and discuss.
If a group has different members of the adoption constellation present, it’s best to have a licensed therapist to facilitate. For peer-led support, just having adult adoptees (for example) is safer.
Celia Center Arts Festival | Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Spirit of Creativity
Celia Center Arts Festival 2016 Summary Video
Check out adopteesconnect.com for new peer-led groups starting in the United States (started by Pamela Karanova of How Does it Feel to be Adopted)
If you have another resource of places to find in-person adoptee support groups, please get in touch so I can list it here.
Facing Trauma with Truth Conference Welcome with Trish Lay • Jeanette Yoffe
Sarah Culberson – Opening Keynote
On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery Laura Dotson • Ruth Beaglehole
A Vision For Adoption in the 21st Century with Adam Pertman
Setting the Record Straight: 5 Myths of Domestic Adoption with Carra Greenberg
Healing the Wound: A Body-Mind Approach with Noah Rothschild
Foster Care Alumni Panel – Hear our Voices, Listen with Your Heart- NEW! Jeanette Yoffe
Acknowledging Guilt and Shame as the Doorway to Connection and Love with Sophie Bain • Sandi Stuart
Infant Massage and Attachment with Hillary Wilson
The Challenge of Responsible and Attuned Adoption Revelation: New Thinking & Understanding with Anne Brodzinksy
“Birthmother” One-Woman Play with Deanna Ross
Unfolding the Open Adoption Process with Jeanette Yoffe
Coffee/Brownie/Cookie Break LIMITED
Disrupted Adoptions, Contributing Factors & Intervention Strategies with Adam Pertman
Light and Shadows: Exploring Adoption Through the Arts with Anne Brodzinksy • Laura Callen • Daniel Barash
Inside Transracial Adoption: Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier with Beth Hall
Forgiveness: The Final Frontier with Dee Dee Mascarenas
Recovering the Child: Resolving Developmental Trauma Disorder with Neurological Reorganization with Bette Lamont
Adopted: For the Life of Me with Trish Lay
Limit Setting through Connection with Darlynn Childress
Identity Challenges of an International Adoption with Susan Smiley
Permanency, Loss, Trauma & Attachment – Role of Mental Health in the Healing Process with Dr. Greg Manning
Male Adoptee Panel with Brian Stanton, Ridghaus Nin, Noah Rothschild
Closing Healing Ritual and Energy Wolfdog from Wolf Connection with Jeanette Yoffe • Trish Lay • Wolf Connection • Red Spirit Fusion