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november 2022

29nov12:00 pm1:15 pmPsychoeducational SupportNovember 29 -December 20

Event Details

Search and Connection with Birth Relatives

Moderated by Nina M. Friedman, LCSW, Director of Post Adoption Support

Session Information

  • Tuesdays at 12-1:15pm CT (Central Time) starting November 29, 2022 and ending December 20, 2022

Who is Eligible to Participate?

The upcoming series is for adult adopted people who are 21 years of age or older.

Program Overview

In this series for adult adopted people who have searched for and connected with birth parents or other birth relatives, we will:

  • Explore motivations for searching, expectations of a connection and hoped for outcomes
  • Discuss the actual outcome, the integration of new information into your life and what the connection meant for you
  • Examine how you processed the connection and managed the emotions involved

About the Moderator
Nina M. Friedman has an in depth understanding of adoption issues. She has extensive experience working with adoptive and foster children and their families, adult adoptees, and birth parents. Prior to joining The Cradle’s staff in 2004, she worked with adoptive and foster families at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and Community Counseling Centers of Chicago. She also had a private social work therapy practice working with individuals, couples, and families.

Nina has a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Mental Health and a specialization in Family Therapy. As an undergraduate, she majored in Psychology with a minor in Family Relations and Human Development at The Ohio State University. Nina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois, has her DCFS Child Welfare Employee Licensure and is a Licensed Direct Child Welfare Services Employee. She represents The Cradle on the Illinois Adoption Registry-Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council, the Illinois Post Legal Adoption Services Meeting of Agencies, the Original Birth Certificate Access Oversight Committee, and the Stakeholder Advisory Team for the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation.

Registration Information

The fee for 4 weeks is $50. You will receive payment information in your confirmation email. Registration is required and space is limited to 20 participants per group. Registration is not complete until payment is made.




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