W.I.S.E. Up! – Giving kids who are adopted simple tools to answer tough questions
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.
Teen who was adopted, C.A.S.E. client and W.I.S.E. Up! video and workshop participant
The W.I.S.E. Up! program gives children who are adopted simple options for addressing questions about adoption. See just how impactful the W.I.S.E. Up! program can be for children who are adopted and their families:
From the Beginning
Since its creation in 2003, W.I.S.E. Up! has grown to a nationally and internationally acclaimed program that has helped over 20,000 children who are adopted 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 assignments.
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
W.I.S.E. Up! Products
C.A.S.E. offers in-person workshops as well as educational products – visit our online store to learn more about these products:
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
W.I.S.E. Up! Train the Trainer
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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