At C.A.S.E., we have learned from working with thousands of adopted children and teens that having opportunities to directly address thoughts and feelings about adoption can reduce stress, calm children’s fears, and bolster self-esteem.
That’s why we created The Kid’s Adoption Network (K.A.N.) and W.I.S.E. UP!sm programs. Below are descriptions about these popular workshops that C.A.S.E. offers.
Additionally, our highly trained adoption-competent therapists are also available to conduct customized workshops on a wide array of topics suited for your own adoptive parent or school related organization. For a list of frequently requested topics, visit our professionals training page.
The Kid’s Adoption Network (K.A.N.)
K.A.N. is a program that provides opportunities for groups of children, teens, and adoptive parents to share their common questions, experiences and challenges around adoption in a safe, supportive environment.
Kids benefit from interaction with their peers, and group participation promotes the normalization, and validation of feelings, and reduces feelings of isolation. Feeling different from their non-adopted peers is especially challenging for adopted children and teens.
Does your child know anyone else who is adopted? Does she wonder about her birth mother? Does he ever tell you that he wishes he looked more like you? These comments are typical for children who were adopted!
K.A.N. groups meet weekly for 8 weeks and incorporate arts, games, role plays and most importantly, peer feedback that facilitates discussion of key adoption topics. These topics include identity, birth family, feelings, W.I.S.E. UP! and much more!
Parents Are Involved Too! Adoptive parents benefit from having the opportunity to share their concerns, questions and feelings with others who truly understand. Held concurrently with the K.A.N. Group, three parent sessions are facilitated by one of our therapists. These sessions provide the opportunity for parents to problem-solve together, exchange ideas and provide the camaraderie that can help you through the most challenging of times. A pre-group assessment is required. Connect with the C.A.S.E. office closest to you regarding K.A.N. workshops in your area.
Looking for all the benefits of a K.A.N. group condensed into three days? Try a K.A.N. Express session. K.A.N. express groups are generally offered during school holidays/vacations and are offered a couple of times a year. A pre-group assessment is required. Contact us at one of the C.A.S.E. locations listed below to request additional information.
K.A.N. Annual Conference
Each November, during National Adoption Awareness Month, C.A.S.E. invites adopted children in 1st-12th grades and their parents to participate in a cleverly themed action-filled full day event culminating in a carnival. Make sure you are on our mailing list so you don’t miss information about this signature event!
While children and teens enjoy their entertainment and activities, parents participate in an educational program designed to increase their knowledge and confidence in addressing the common concerns inherent in raising adopted youth. Prospective parents and parents whose children are not yet old enough to participate in the conference are welcome to attend our Parent Program. Read the recap and see photos from the 2015 K.A.N. conference.
Friends, neighbors, relatives, teachers and strangers ask questions about adoption for many different reasons. Most people whose lives have not been touched by adoption have very little understanding about it.
The W.I.S.E. Up!sm Program gives adopted children simple options for addressing questions and feeling more confident and in control of the discussion. In addition to workshops, we also offer W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbooks for adopted and foster kids. Learn more about W.I.S.E. Up!
Connect with the C.A.S.E. office closest to you regarding upcoming W.I.S.E. Up! Workshops in your area. For information about W.I.S.E. Up! or K.A.N. workshops, please contact us!
In the Burtonsville, MD office, email Penny Zimmerman or call 301-476-8525
In the Annandale, VA office, email Mari Itzkowitz or call 703-256-3820
In the Riverdale Park, MD office, email Sean Delehant or call 301-779-4309
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Do you live outside of the D.C. Metropolitan area? Click here to access a complete list of agencies around the country certified to present W.I.S.E. Up!.
Are you a professional mental health services provider?* If so, please visit our W.I.S.E. Up! facilitator training page.
*Please note! Only mental health professionals certified by C.A.S.E. are eligible to provide W.I.S.E. Up! workshops to families in their communities pending approval from C.A.S.E.’s Training Coordinator, Ellen Singer. Please contact Ellen for additional information.