The Different Parts of Me - Dublin

28 October 2020 11am - 1:30pm Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22

€40

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Who should attend: Young Adopted teenagers 13-15 years old. Workshop Facilitators: Anne Blaine, Kasia Purcell.

Teenage years can be a challenging time for young people and for their parents, and they even more so for adopted young people. The job of the teenager is to work towards their own identity- and that can be hard to do when you don’t know too much about your beginnings.

Many parents are concerned that their young teens find it hard to express themselves about what adoption means to them. It can be very helpful for young people to understand that others can have the same feelings as they do and this workshop can be a springboard for more discussion with parents.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring young teens together in a safe, fun and supportive setting to look at how adoption fits in to all the other parts of themselves. Activities will be used to keep the participants relaxed and engaged.

With the workshop we hope to:

  • Boost participants self-esteem by understanding how many families are made through adoption
  • Explore some interesting facts about the teenagers’ birth countries
  • Give opportunities to name some common feelings that many young people might have about adoption
  • Look at some of the questions participants might have about themselves
  • Give ideas for managing questions others might ask the young person about adoption
  • Assist with identity building by mapping out their “parts”- their interests, talents and help them explore which of these might have come from birth family and which from forever family.

We will suggest that parents take part in some of the workshop with refreshments available while the teens work as a group. Parents will be most welcome to contact us both before and afterwards to discuss their son/daughters participation. Handouts will be provided.

Workshop limited to 8 teenagers. If sold out, please contact adoption@barnardos.ie

The venue will allow for social distancing for participants.

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