Explore why this is “A Love Like No Other” and understand the emotional challenges facing those who consider or pursue building a family through adoption. Using vignettes from "A Complicated Loss” (part of the documentary “Adopted: We Can Do Better”), follow the journey of several families as they move from infertility to adoption, and the lifelong emotional implications of these decisions.
- Understand reactions and behaviors of those experiencing infertility as they explore adoption
- Identify resilience and strength in individuals and build upon these strengths
- Understand recurring themes of loss that emerge during the adoption process and parenting
- Enable individuals to work as a family unit
- Incorporate clinical, educational, and social issues in the delivery of family services
Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW is a clinical social worker in private practice with over 30 years’ experience in infertility, adoption, and third party reproduction. She has been a support group leader for RESOLVE for over 30 years. She has led groups including Women Over Forty, Male Factor Infertility, Moving From Infertility to Adoption, and groups for adoptive parents. She has done workshops at the 92nd St Y, RESOLVE, American Adoption Congress, Adoptive Parents Committee, and has presented papers at the International Post Adoption Services Conference, St John’s Adolescent Adoption Conference, Harvard Adoption Conference, and the annual conference on Adoption in Provincetown, MA.