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¬†“How Open Adoption Strengthens the Entire Family System.”

Traci W. Pirri, LCSW


Friday, October 14, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM








Open adoption challenges the traditional definition of family and forces those within the adoption triad to redefine the family system. There are many fears and misconceptions about open adoption that often cause both adoptive and birth parents to react protectively…causing divides, misunderstandings, and unnecessary conflict. This negatively affects the adoptees ability to develop a stable sense of self and often threatens the entire family’s stability. But learning to overcome these fears and building a new healthy definition of family roles helps create a strong adoption bond that extends well beyond the adoptee/adoptive parent relationship and into the extended adoptive and birth families, as well. Adoption coaching is a dynamic way to accomplish this transition.


Learning Objectives:
1. List at least 3 fears that plague adoptive and birth families.
2. Name 3 ways families benefit from open adoption.
3. Understand what adoption coaching is and what it offers to families.

Traci’s¬†website is www.HopeForTheJourney.org. She recently relocated to Austin after providing over 15 years of psychotherapy in Raleigh, NC. She also specializes in complex trauma working with adolescents and adults. Track is an adoptive mother of two children.