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Parent Support Group: Treading Water is Harder Than it Seems

May 3, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Heading into adoptive parenting, we often believe that we are well-prepared, ready for anything. We soon learn that parenting a child with a history that includes loss and trauma can be harder than we anticipated, stressful and exhausting. We thought we had training, learned what to do…but learning something is not the same as doing it. Treading water for three minutes in a warm swimming pool is not the same as struggling to keep your head above water when you fall overboard into the ocean, waves crashing overhead and sharks swimming beneath you as you await rescue. Let’s share strategies that work in real life, building new skills to brave the waves and sharks as your children work through the impact of the core issues of adoption.

Topics will include:

  • How trauma, loss and grief tend to show up in behavior
  • Strategies to help children (and ourselves) identify and cope with grief
  • Attachment strategies when a child’s behavior seems to push us away
  • How to depersonalize behavior
  • When to pull out your own life preserver

This virtual support group will meet Wednesdays (May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, Jun. 7) at 7:00 – 8:30pm. 

This support group is intended as an opportunity for parents to network with other parents and learn strategies to support themselves and their children. Each participant needs to register (including spouses/partners who will be joining the group sessions). There are a limited number of seats.


Contact: Lauren Lynch,



Lisa Maynard, LMSW is a Training & Implementation Specialist with the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). Lisa has expertise in trauma and adoption, working in the child welfare arena for 30+ years. She has earned certificates in Trauma Counseling, Traumatic Stress Studies, Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and is a certified yoga and meditation teacher. Lisa maintains a private therapy practice in Upstate New York, integrating yoga philosophy, meditation, and mindfulness in her work with clients, guiding them to explore life challenges in a safe, supportive environment. Lisa is also an adoptive mother.