Being adopted is really not that easy. You get a lot of questions that you don't want to answer but you don't want to say it in a rude way.
Adopted teen, C.A.S.E. client and W.I.S.E. Up! video and workshop participant
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 W.I.S.E. Up! – a program that gives adopted children simple options for addressing questions about adoption.
See just how impactful the W.I.S.E. Up! program can be for adopted children and their families:
Since its creation in 2003, W.I.S.E. Up!sm has grown to a nationally and internationally acclaimed program that has helped over 20,000 adopted children and their parents. The mission: create a safe place for children to express their feelings about being adopted and prepare them for the inevitable classmate’s questions, neighbor’s remark and insensitive school assignment.
I, as an adopted adult, would love to have had something like this when I was a kid.
Susan LaVigna, LCSW-C, adoption-competent therapist and adult adopted person
In addition to in-person workshops, C.A.S.E. also offers valuable W.I.S.E. Up! products in our online store:
W.I.S.E. Up! In-Demand Webinar
W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook
W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook for Children in Foster Care
W.I.S.E. Up! Pocket Guides
To enable other professionals to provide this widely-acclaimed program in their communities and to preserve its integrity, C.A.S.E. offers a “Train the Trainer” course. Since 2009, C.A.S.E. has trained teams of professionals from 16 agencies, both nationally and internationally, as W.I.S.E. Up! Facilitators.
Click here for a complete list of agencies certified to provide the W.I.S.E. Up! Program to families in their communities.
Please consider donating to support our efforts in spreading the word about W.I.S.E. Up! and empowering more adopted children and teens with the tools they need to improve their confidence with answering questions about their own unique adoption story.