Adopting the Older Child or Teen (11/12/20)


This is a live virtual training being held via ZOOM.
There is no cost for this event.

Presenter: Mari Itzkowitz

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern

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Adopting the Older Child or Teen

Foster and adoptive parents need reassuring, practical advice for promoting secure attachment in their children. This workshop helps participants understand how attachment develops and familiarizes them with the different styles of attachment. Participants will also explore the life events and experiences, including neurobiological influences that interrupt the development of secure attachment.  Attachment-focused parenting techniques will be addressed as well as sensory-related activities that help with emotional regulation and promote connection. 

In this training, participants will:

  • enhance their understanding of the impact of grief and loss and how it is different in adoption.  Participants will also learn how this difference effects preparedness of children and parents when adopting the older child.  
  • enhance their understanding of specific strategies in working with pre-adoptive parents seeking to adopt an older child.
  • learn techniques to help families to prepare for supporting a healthy racial socialization of older children being considered for transracial adoption.
  • identify the risk factors associated with adjustment to adoption by the older child. 
About the presenter

Mari Itzkowitz, LCSW, serves clients through telehealth throughout the states of Virginia and Maryland. She has over 20 years of experience providing clinical services to families who have adopted both domestically and internationally.

Mari provides individual, family and group therapy to adopted children, teens, adults and their families, as well as pre-adoption therapy for children and families moving toward finalization. Her specialty is grief and loss, and attachment issues.  Mari works from a family systems perspective and believes that strengthening the family bond is the most effective way to bring about change. 

 Mari is also a leader of the C.A.S.E. Training Team, providing training and education to adoption, child welfare, mental health and school professionals as well as parent groups, both locally and nationally. 

Additional Course Information

This event is approved for 2.0 hours of ongoing, elective foster parent training credit in a group setting for Kentucky foster parents.

If there are two adults in the same household that want to participate in this training, each person must register separately. Foster parent training credit is administered based on the duration of the meeting and each attendee’s participation. In order to receive credit, participants must be on video and visible to the moderators during the event.

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Upon registration for this training, the Zoom URL link located within the course module will grant you access to the live interactive training. A reliable internet connection and a smartphone, tablet, or computer with web camera is needed to participate.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Lauren Lynch at or 1-888-44-ASKKY.