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 assignments.
“Why don’t you look like your mom?”
“Why were you adopted?”
“Where are your real parents?”
When it comes to handling questions and comments about adoption and foster care, kids need to be empowered to decide how they want to respond. W.I.S.E. Up! helps children and teens choose what they want to share about their story, if anything.
When the questions begin, W.I.S.E. Up! give kids the tools to answer.
I, as an adult who was adopted, would love to have had something like this when I was a kid.Susan LaVigna, LCSW-C, adoption-competent therapist and adult adopted person
C.A.S.E. offers in-person workshops as well as educational products – visit our online store to learn more about these products:
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.
View the list of agencies certified to provide the W.I.S.E. Up!® Program to families in their communities nationwide:
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