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Challenges Confronting Adoptive Families: A Look Across the Life Span.
Presented by Debbie Riley, LCMFT, C.A.S.E. CEO
Adoption is said to be a life-long journey. This is because adoptees and their families experience normal, predictable challenges throughout their lives. From a developmental perspective, C.A.S.E. CEO Debbie Riley will explore the common issues adoptive family members may grapple with including: loss and grief, identity formation, trauma and attachment, and relationships with birth family.
A little bit about the presenter:
Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT, is the CEO and co-founder of the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). She has more than 35 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and their families. Ms. Riley has created a continuum of innovative and best practice clinical and training programs to address the complex needs of youth in foster families and adoptive families from all adoption backgrounds. A nationally and internationally recognized adoption expert and sought-after speaker and trainer, Ms. Riley is the co-author of Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens and contributing member of the C.A.S.E. Team in producing the newly released companion book, Beneath the Mask: For Teen Adoptees, as well as a contributor to other publications. She leads two national initiatives to enhance the delivery of adoption-competent services: The Training in Adoption Competency (TAC) and the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI). Ms. Riley is an adoptive parent.