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Patricia Martinez Dorner
Angel in Adoption

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About Us


EDUCATION

McGill University, Montreal, Canada: Bachelor of Arts, 1968, Psychology Major                                                                  
                                                            
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA: Master of Arts, 1970, Counseling                                                 

 

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS AND ORGANIZATIONS
 
Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas License #04018

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Texas License #001574-001589

Board Member: National Federation for Open Adoption Education

Advanced Toastmaster Bronze (ATM-B)- CL

HONORS & FEATURED APPEARANCE  

The Baran & Pannor Award for Outstanding Contributions in Open Adoption (April 1999)
“Angel in Adoption” awarded by Congressional Coalition on Adoption (Sept. 2001)
The Today Show- Expert regarding Birthparent Experience in Open Adoption (Feb. 2003)

EXPERIENCE

April 1989 - present: Private Practice
                   Director, Adoption Counseling & Search

As a speaker and trainer, I provide adoption/foster care education nationally. My private practice includes adoption counseling and education to adoption triad members, the opening of adoptions, rejoining families separated by foster care and search assistance to persons separated by adoption. This includes search preparation and support. Frequently assume Intermediary Role. Provide post adoption services to the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, The Casey Family Program, Catholic Charities and others as needed.  I also act as a court appointed intermediary. TRAINING AVAILABLE IN SPANISH.

1981-1989: Coordinator, Adoption Awareness Center, Lutheran Social Service of Texas
                   
I provided post adoption services to the community.  The position involved community and professional education as well as support of adoption triad members.  This support included counseling, search and referral.  United Way substantially funded programs I developed at the Center. During my tenure, I organized a vast amount of workshops presented to the community. I also co-chaired 2 National Conferences: American Adoption Congress (1982) and Open Adoption National Conference (1983).

PUBLICATIONS:

Adoption Search: An Ethical Guide for Professionals,
Catholic Charities USA, April 1997 (EXPANDED, REVISED EDITION SEPT 2000)

ADOPCION- hablando con tu hijo, Spanish translation of Talking to Your Child About Adoption, Tree of Life Publ. Co., 1998

How to Open an Adoption: A guide for parents and birthparents of minors, R-Squared Press, Spring, 1998

Talking to Your Child About Adoption, Tree of Life Publishing Co., 1991

Children of Open Adoption, Kathleen Silber & Patricia Martinez Dorner, Corona Publishing Co., 1990                
           
"Talking About Adoption: The Teen Years, Part 2", Adopt Net, Sept/Oct 1990.

"Talking About Adoption: The Teen Years, Part 1", Adopt Net, Jul/Aug 1990.

"Talking About Adoption: Understanding, The School Age Years", Adopt Net, May/Jun 1990.

"Talking About Adoption: Understanding, The Preschool Years", Adopt Net, Mar/Apr 1990.

"Talking About Adoption: Infancy", Adopt Net, Jan/Feb 1990. 

"Meeting the Needs of the Adoptive Triangle Through Open Adoption: The Birthmother", Cathy Chapman, Patricia Dorner, Kathleen Silber & Terry S. Winterberg, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, Vol. III #4, Winter, 1986.

"Meeting the Needs of the Adoption Triangle through Open Adoption: The Adoptive Parents", Cathy Chapman, Patricia Dorner, Kathleen Silber & Terry S. Winterberg, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, Vol. IV #1, Spring 1987.

"Meeting the Needs of the Adoption Triangle Through Open Adoption:  The Adoptee", Cathy Chapman, Patricia Dorner, Kathleen Silber & Terry S. Winterberg, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, Vol. IV #2, Summer 1987.

"Changing Adoption Practices Foster Openness", Women in Touch  (Humana Women's Hospital Magazine, Fall, 1987)

PRESENTATIONS:
FEATURED SPEAKER

“A Focus on Opening Adoptions”, Post Graduate Certificate Program in Adoption Therapy, Hunter College School of Social Work, (New York, Feb. 2007)

"Search Process", Confidential Intermediary Training, Arizona Supreme Court, (Phoenix, Nov. 2006)

“The Families of Adoption”, Adoption Knowledge Affiliates 14th Annual Conference, (Austin, Nov. 2006)

“Post Reunion Fears and Strategies”

“Ethical Family Building in Adoption”

“Adoption is A lifetime Experience”, Heart of Adoptions, (Tampa, Nov. 2006)

“Practice Variations into the 21st Century”, Texas Post Adoption Professionals 20th Annual Meeting, (San Antonio, Oct. 2006)

Talking To Your Child About Adoption”, San Luis Obispo County Dept. of Social Services, (San Luis Obispo, Nov. 2005)

"Search Process", Confidential Intermediary Training, Arizona Supreme Court, (Phoenix, Nov. 2005)

“Adoption Is A Lifetime Process”, Women’s Pregnancy Center, (Ocala, Feb. 2005)

“Open Adoption- The Benefits, Challenges and Outcomes”, California Institute on Human Services, (Sacramento, Jan. & Feb. 2005)

“Embracing Adoptive Parenting: A Look at Lifetime Issues” Adoption Council of Ontario, (Toronto, Nov. 2004)

“Talking To Your Child About Adoption”

“Older Child Adoption”

“A Look at Open Adoption Practice”, Fall Training For Adoption Practitioners, Licensees & Licensed Agencies, Adoption Council of Ontario, (Toronto, Nov. 2004)

“Responsive Post Adoption Services”

“Facilitating & Strengthening Adoption Communication in the Family”, Let’s Talk Adoption 23rd Annual Conference,   (Piscataway, New Jersey, Nov. 2004)

“Opening Closed Adoptions”

“Search and Reunion”

"Search Process", Confidential Intermediary Training, Arizona Supreme Court, (Phoenix, Nov. 2004)

“Lifetime Issues for Our Children”, 3rd Annual Idaho Foster Care Conference, (Boise, Sept. 2004)

“Tools for Maintaining Family Connections”

“Exploring Adoption Issues in Search & Reunion”, Sponsored by Catholic Charities & Board of Child Care, (Baltimore, May 2004)

“Navigating the Challenges of Ethical Open Adoption Practices”, The Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies Annual Conference, (Atlanta, Feb. 2004)

"Search Process", Confidential Intermediary Training, Arizona Supreme Court, (Phoenix, Nov. 2003)

“Changing Times, Changing Practice”, TX Care Annual Conference, (New Braunfels, Sept. 2003)

“Adoption Boundaries: The Design, Maintenance & Prudent Adjustment Thereof”, Among Friends: The Open Adoption Community Reflects On A Generation Of Practice & Experience, 9th Biennial Conference of Open Adoption, (Traverse City, Apr. 2003)

“Adoption…Lessons We Have Learned”, Parenting Through Adoption 2003, Chicago Area Families for Adoption, (Chicago, Apr. 2003)

-“Adopting After Infertility”

-“Talking to Your Child About Adoption”

“Navigating Open Adoption-Considering Issues and Communication”, Alternatives in Motion, (Houston, Feb.2003)

"Search Process", Confidential Intermediary Training, Arizona Supreme Court, (Phoenix, Nov. 2002)

“Acknowledging Family Bonds: Open Adoption with Older Child Adoption”, The Ontario Adoption Community, (Toronto, Nov. 2002)

-“Understanding the Search”

“The Art of Open Adoption Relationships”, Humboldt Co. Dept of Health and Human Services & California Dept. of Social Services, (Eureka, CA, Oct. 2002)

“The Art of Open Adoption Practice”, Humboldt Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services and California Dept. of Social Services, (Arcata, CA, Oct. 2002)

“Adoption Search: Best Practices and Ethics- a training for Professionals”, Catholic Charities USA, (Philadelphia, PA, Apr. 2002)

“Practicing Open Adoption: A Conference For Families & Professionals”, Humboldt Co. Dept. of Human Services & CA Dept. of Social Services, (Arcata, CA, Nov. 2001)

"Search Process", Confidential Intermediary Training, Arizona Supreme Court, (Phoenix, Nov. 2001)

“Perspectives on Adoption”, SSS St. Mary’s Health Center & The Adoption & Foster Care Coalition of Missouri, (St. Louis, Nov. 2001)

“Implementing Open Adoption”, The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, (Greensboro, Oct. 2001)

“Children’s Issues in Adoption”, Adoption Registry: Search & Reunion, Horizon Institutes, Center for the Support of Families/ Georgia Office of Adoptions, (Atlanta, Aug. 2001)

-“Family Communication About Adoption”

“What Family Means in Adoption”, Fresno Co. Dept. of Children & Family Services, (Fresno, Jun. 2001)

“Maintaining Family Connections in Older Child Adoptions”, 8th Biennial Conference on Open Adoption, (Traverse City, May, 2001)

“Open Adoption: Giving Children A Voice”, Adoption by Choice, (Calgary & Edmonton, Apr. 2001)

“Maintaining Healthy Family Connections In Adoption: Therapeutic Issues and Implications”, Adoption by Choice, (Calgary, Apr. 2001)

“Maintaining Family Connections in Special Needs Adoption”, Kinship Center, (Monterey, Feb. 2001)

“Navigating Open Adoption”, Spence Chapin, (New York, Oct. 2000)

Open Adoption Staff Training, Spence Chapin, (New York, Oct. 2000)

“Celebrating Open Adoption”, 20th Year Celebration, Catholic Human Service, Inc., (Traverse City, Oct. 2000)

“Illusions in Adoption”, Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, (Austin, Aug. 2000)

“Open Adoption Over Time”, 1st Annual Adoption & Kinship Care Conference of Central Washington, (Washington, May 2000)

-“Open Adoption: Striving For Learning, Acceptance & Openness”

-“Addressing Adoption Issues With Your Child (Infancy & Early Childhood)”

-“Addressing Adoption Issues With your Child (Middle Childhood & Teen Years)”
 
“Adoption Is a Life-Long Experience”, 22nd Annual Conference American Adoption Congress, (Nashville, April 2000)

“Adoption Search & Reunion”, Ethics Forum 1999 Sponsored by Counseling Associates, (San Antonio, Oct. 1999)

“Perspectives on Openness In Adoption: Supporting Children by Building Connections Between Adoptive & Birth Families”, Inter-Agency Committee on Adoption of Delaware’s Adoptive Parent Fall Training, (Delaware, Sept.1999)
 
“Perspectives on Openness In Adoption: Building Connections Between Adoptive & Birth Families”, Inter- Agency Committee on Adoption of Delaware’s Professional Fall Training, (Delaware, Sept. 1999)

“Building Healthy Families through Open Adoption”, National Adoption Center, (Philadelphia, Sept. 1999)

“Open Adoption with Special Needs Children: Building Bonds Between the Adoptive & Birth Families”, Catholic Charities USA, (Denver, Oct. 1999;Chicago, Sept.1999)

 “Open Adoption!! Am I Crazy??, Ask the Expert On Line Conference Series, National Adoption Center, (Aug. 99)

“Lifelong Issues in Adoption for the Birthparents, Children & the Adoptive Parents”, Training for Adoptive Parents, Children’s Home Society & Chesterfield Colonial Heights Dept. Of Social Services, (Richmond, May 1999)

_ “Talking to Your Child About Adoption”

_ “Adoption Search & the Impact on Your Children”

_“Why Open Adoptions”

“Open Adoption With Special Needs Children: Building Bonds Between the Adoptive & Birth Families”, Catholic Charities USA Training for Professionals, (Philadelphia, Apr. 1999)

“Working with Difficult Birthfamilies”, 7th Biennial Conference on Open Adoption, (Traverse City, Apr. 1999)

“Making Adoption More Child- Centered”, 7th Biennial Conference on Open Adoption, (Traverse City, Apr. 1999)

“Adoption: A Lifetime Experience”, OURS 14th Annual Adoption Options Conference, (Green Bay, Mar. 1999)

“Am I Ready to Adopt?”,  OURS 14th Annual Adoption Options Conf., (Green Bay, Mar.1999)

“Open Adoption- A Family Systems Approach”, OURS 14th Annual Adoption Options Conf., (Green Bay, Mar.1999)

“Birthparents Never Forget”, OURS 14th Annual Adoption Options Conf., (Green Bay, Mar.1999)

“Ethics in the New Age of Adoption”, OURS 14th Annual Adoption Options Conf., (Green Bay, Mar.1999)

"Talking to Your Children About Adoption", Blue Ridge Adoption Group (BRAG) Annual Conference, (Roanoke, Nov. 1998)

"Understanding the Search", BRAG Annual Conference, (Roanoke, Nov. 1998)

"The Adoption Triangle" Panel Discussion leader, BRAG Annual Conference, (Roanoke, Nov. 1998)

"Best Practices and Ethics in Search" Institute, Catholic Charities USA 1997 Annual Conference, (Palm Beach Gardens, Sept. 1997; Atlanta, May 1998; Trenton, June 1998, Chicago, Oct. 1998)

"Search Process", Confidential Intermediary Training, Arizona Supreme Court, (Phoenix, Sept. 1999, Sept. 1998, Sept. 97, Oct. 96)

"A Child's Developmental Understanding of Open Adoption", First Biennial Conference on Open Adoption Families, (Colorado Springs, June 1998)

"Lifetime Issues of Adoption", Adoption Coalition of San Diego Annual Adoption Forum, (San Diego, June 1998)

"Voice of Birthparents", Adoption Coalition of San Diego Annual Adoption Forum, (San Diego, June 1998)

"Children of Open Adoption- How Are They Really Doing?”, Adoption Coalition of San Diego Annual Adoption Forum, (San Diego, June 1998)

"Barriers to Transformation", Catholic Human Services 6th Biennial Conference on Open Adoption, (Traverse City, Apr. 1997)

"Best Practices & Ethics in Search", Pre Conference Training, Catholic Charities USA, 1997 Pregnancy, Parenting & Adoption Meeting, (San Diego, Apr. 1997)

"It is More Complicated than We Thought! The Many Faces of Adoptive Parenting", Adoption Knowledge Affiliates 5th Fall Conference, (Austin, Nov. 1996)

"Been There, Done That: Personal Perspectives from Triad Members", Adoption Knowledge Affiliates 5th Fall Conference, (Austin, Nov. 1996)

"Children's Issues as They Grow Older", Institute, Catholic Charities USA, 1996 Pregnancy, Parenting & Adoption Meeting, (San Antonio, TX, Apr. 1996)

"Secrecy, Privacy and Openness in Adoption", Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, (Austin, Feb. 1995)
 
"The Adoption Journey: Considerations for Professionals & Families", The Metropolitan Adoption Council of Greater Kansas City, (Kansas City, MO., Sept., 1994)

"Search Process", Arizona Supreme Court, (Phoenix, Sept. 1993, Dec. 1993, Apr. 1994, Dec. 1994, Oct. 1995)

"Adoption & Spirituality", Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, (Austin, Sept.1994)

"Lifetime Issues in Adoption", Adoption Advocates, (San Antonio, Jun. 1994)

"Communication Within the Adoptive Family" & "Understanding the Search", The Care Connection, (San Marcos, Dec. 1993)

"Talking With Your Child About Adoption", Adoption Affiliates Parent Support Group, (Corpus Christi, Nov.1993)

"Lifetime Issues in Adoption", Northside Independent School District, Community Ed., (San Antonio, Oct. 1993)

“Talking With Your Child About Adoption", Adoption Affiliates Parent Support Group, (Dallas, August 1993)

"Enhancing Communication Within the Adoptive Family", MAPLE, (Austin, June 1993)

"Adoption: A Lifetime Experience", Amarillo Interagency Council, (Amarillo, May 1993)

"Salvaging Distressed Adoptions", National Conference on Open Adoption, (Traverse City, Apr. 1993)

"Responding to All Triad Members", Catholic Charities USA National Conference, (Atlanta, Apr. 1993)

"Ethics in the New Age of Adoption" & "Adoption Is A Lifetime Process", Dallas Interagency Council, (Dallas, Mar.1993)

"Adoption Myths & Realities", Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, (Austin, Nov. 1992)

"How to Talk With Your Child About Adoption", Alternatives in Motion Family Seminar, (Houston, Sept. 1992)

"Facing Your Infertility", RESOLVE, (San Antonio, Sept. 1992)

"Adoption Issues and the Role of th Nursing Professional", NAACOG, (San Antonio, Mar. 1992)

"Open Adoption", Adoptive Families Together, (Houston, Nov. 1991)

"Counseling & the Adoptive Triad", Adoptive Families Together, (Houston, Nov. 1991)

"Therapeutic & Developmental Issues in Adoption, Shadow Mountain Institute, (Oklahoma, Nov. 1991)

"Learning More About Adoption", Shadow Mountain Institute, (Oklahoma, Nov. 1991)
 
"The Many Faces of Adoption", The Center for Reproductive Medicine, (Kansas, Sept. 1991)

"Post Adoption Issues for Children", The National Federation for Open Adoption National Conference, (California, Nov.1990)

"Understanding the Search", New Mexico Adoption Training Conference, (Albuquerque, Mar. 1990)

"Children of Adoption: What to Say and When to Say it", Colonial Hills Hospital Resource Center, (San Antonio, June 1990)

"Adoption is a Lifetime Process", Hannah's Prayer Annual Conference, (Tulsa, Feb. 1990)

"Counseling the Adoptive Family: Therapeutic Approaches and Treatment Implications", Colonial Hills Hospital, (San Antonio, Feb.1990)

"The Many Faces of Adoption", NAACOG District VII Fall Conference, (San Antonio, Sept. 1989)

"Open Adoption: The Experts Speak Out", Video Produced by Children's Services Center, Pacific Grove, CA., 1989.
 
"Post Adoption: What Does It Really Mean?", American Adoption Congress 1988 Region 4 Conference, (Houston)

"Adoption as a Lifelong Process: The Role of a Progressive Agency ", ALMA 17th Annual National Conference, (Austin: April 1988)

"Open Adoption: A Responsive Option", ALMA 17th National Conference, (Austin: April 1988)

"Emotional Problems of Adopted Children", Shoal Creek Hospital, (Austin, Jan. 1988)

"Adoption as a Lifelong Process, Workshop sponsored by Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois, (Chicago, Nov.1986)

"Open Adoption: Why It Works", American Adoption Congress Region IV Annual Conference, (New Orleans, Aug. 1986)

"Adoption is a Lifelong Process”, American Adoption Congress Region IV Conference, (Lake Charles, Aug.1985)

“Creating Significant Relationships: Life After Relinquishment”, The Many Faces Of Adoption, Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, (Austin, Nov. 2005)

“Hearing From the Voices of International Adoption- A Panel”

“ Couples and Adoption Issues- How Adoption Impacts Your Relationship”, Lifelong Connections in Adoption, Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, (Austin, Nov. 2003)

“ Maintaining Family Connections: From Foster Care to Adoption”

“Talking With Children About Adoption”, Adoption: Putting The Puzzle Together, Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, (Austin, Nov. 2002)

-“Before, During and After Searching: Opening Closed Doors From Your Past”

“Developing Open Adoption Agreements”, Open Adoption in Practice, National Federation for Open Adoption Education, (Tahoe, Nov. 2002)

-“Ethical Issues In Adoption”

-“Conflict Resolution in Open Adoption”

-“Working With Difficult Birthfamiles”

“Siblings Together & Apart”, Moving Children Toward Permanency Conference 2001, (Tucson, Dec. 2001)

-“Preparing Children For Adoption- Giving Them a Voice”

“A Child’s Developmental Understanding of Adoption”, Open Adoption In Practice, 10th Biennial National Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption Education, (Anaheim, Oct. 2000)

-“Ethical Considerations in Open Adoption”

-“Maintaining Family Connections In Older Child Adoption”

-“Opening Closed or Semi-Open Adoptions”

“Before, During & After Search: Opening Closed Doors From Your Past”, Adoption Knowledge Affiliates 1999 Annual Conference, (Austin, Oct. 1999)

-”Non Traditional Adoptive Families & Their Issues”

“Opening Closed Adoptions”, Texas Post Adoption Professionals 13th Annual Meeting, (San Antonio, Oct. 1999)
 
“Open Adoptions with Special Needs Children”, Promoting Permanency: The 1999 Virginia & Foster Care Conference, (Virginia Beach, May 1999)

“Identifying Symptomatology in Adoption- A Systems Approach”, Texas Assoc. for Marriage & Family Therapy, 1999 Annual Conference, (San Antonio, Jan.1999)

"Open Adoption with Special Needs Children", Child Welfare League of America, 1998 National Adoption Training Conference, (San Antonio, Dec. 1998)

"Disappointments in Search & Reunion", Adoption Knowledge Affiliates 1998 Fall Conference, (Austin, Nov. 1998)

"Building Healthy Communication Within & Between Adoptive & Birthfamilies", 9th Annual Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption Education (NFOA), (Minneapolis, Oct. 1998)

"The Male Perspective in Open Adoption", 9th Annual Open Adoption Conference, NFOA, (Minneapolis, Oct. 1998)

"The Essence of Search and Reunion", 3rd Annual Statewide Adoption Conference, Louisiana Adoption Advisory Board, Inc, (New Orleans, Dec. 1997)

"Ongoing Services in Open Adoption", 8th Annual National Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption, (San Francisco Bay Area, Nov. 1997)

"Open Adoption with Older Children", 8th Annual National Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption, (San Francisco Bay Area, Nov. 1997)

"What Can We Do to Involve More Birthfathers?", 8th Annual National Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption, (San Francisco Bay Area, Nov. 1997)

"Opening Up Closed or Semi-Open Adoptions", 8th Annual National Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption, (San Francisco Bay Area, Nov.1997)

"Open Adoption With Special Needs Children", 23rd Annual Conference on Adoptable Children, North American Council on Adoptable Children, (Toronto, Aug. 1997)

"Open Adoption With Special Needs Kids", Catholic Human Services 6th Biennial Conference on Open Adoption, (Traverse City, Apr. 1997)

"Pre & Peri Natal issues in Adoption", Catholic Human Services 6th Biennial Conference on Open Adoption, (Traverse City, Apr. 1997)

"Opening Up Closed Adoptions", Catholic Charities USA 1997 Pregnancy, Parenting & Adoption Meeting, (San Diego, Apr. 1997)
 
"Open Adoption with Special Needs Children", 7th Annual National Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption, (San Francisco Bay Area, Nov. 1996)

"Issues as Children with Open Adoptions Grow Older", 7th Annual National Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption, (San Francisco Bay Area, Nov. 1996)

"Opening Up Closed Adoptions", 7th Annual National Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption, (San Francisco Bay Area, Nov. 1996)

"Open Adoption with Special Needs Children", 22nd Annual Training Conference, The North American Council on Adoptable Children, (Dallas, Aug. 1996)

"Search Issues", Catholic Charities USA, 1996 Pregnancy, Parenting & Adoption Meeting, (San Antonio, TX, April 1996)

"Issues as the Children Grow Older", 5th National Conference on Open Adoption, (Traverse City, MI, May 1995)

"Navigating Open Adoption & The Family System", 5th Annual Open Adoption Conference, National Federation for Open Adoption, (Denver, Nov. 1994)

"Opening Up Closed Adoptions", 5th Annual Open Adoption Conf., NFOA, (Denver, Nov. 1994)

"Post Adoption Needs in Open Adoption", National Federation for Open Adoption Education (NFOAE), (Los Angeles, Nov. 1993)

"Opening Up Closed Adoptions", NFOAE, (Los Angeles, Nov. 1993)

"Learning From the Past-The Effects of Secrecy in Adoption", NFOAE, Nov. 1993)

"How to Maximize Bonding & Attachment Through Open Adoption", NFOAE, (Los Angeles, Nov. 1993)

"Psychological Implications of Teenage Pregnancy, Methodist Mission Home & Our Lady of the Lake Univ., (San Antonio, Nov. 1993)

"Issues in Adoption", 3rd Annual Perinatal Connection, (San Antonio, June 1993)      

"How To Maximize Bonding Through Open Adoption", NFOAE, (San Francisco, Nov. 1992)

"Learning From the Past- The Effects of Secrecy in Adoption", NFOAE, (San Francisco, Nov.1992)
 
"Ongoing Contact- Long Term Issues for Families & Children", NFOAE, (San Francisco, Nov. 1992)

"Opening Up Closed Adoptions", National Federation for Open Adoption Education, (San Francisco, Nov.1992)

"Living With Adoption: Myths & Realities", RESOLVE, (San Antonio, Sept. 1992)

"Getting Started With Adoption: The Legal & Judicial Process", RESOLVE, (San Antonio, Sept.1992)

"Therapeutic Issues in The Adoptive Family", Region VI Minority Adoption Training Conference, (Dallas, Apr. 1992)

"Therapeutic Issues in the Adoptive & Birthfamily", Texas Families Today & Tomorrow, (Austin, Mar. 1992)

"Pre and Peri Natal Experiences: Their Impact on Bonding & Attachment in Adopted Children", Regional Network for Children, (Austin, Mar. 1992)

"Therapeutic Issues in Adoption", National Association of Social Workers Texas State Conference, (San Antonio, Nov. 1991).

"Unique Post Adoption Issues in Adoption" National Federation for Open Adoption (NFOAE), (San Antonio, Nov. 1991)

"Learning from the Past- Effects of Secrecy in Traditional Adoption", NFOEA, (San Antonio, Nov. 1991)

"Opening Up Closed Adoptions", NFOEA, (San Antonio, Nov. 1991)

"How To Develop Post Adoption Services in Agencies & on a Statewide Basis", NFOEA, (San Antonio, Nov. 1991)

"Genetic Sexual Attraction", Statewide Interagency Post Adoption Conference, (Houston, May 1991)

"Opening up Closed Adoptions", National Conference on Openness in Adoption, (Traverse City, 1991) 

"Pre and Peri Natal Experiences: Their Impact on Bonding and Attachment in Adopted Children", Central Texas Regional Network for Children, (Austin, Mar. 1991)

"Therapeutic Issues in Adoption- Let's Debunk the Myths", South Texas Association for Counseling & Development Winter Workshop, (San Antonio, Jan.1991)

"Opening Closed Adoptions", The National Federation for Open Adoption National Conference, (California, Nov.1990)

"Maximizing Bonding and Attachment-The Transition from One
Set of Parents to Another", The National Federation for Open Adoption National Conference, (California, Nov.1990)

"Counseling the Adoptive Family about Possible Search", American Adoption Congress International Conference, (Chicago, May 1990)

"Open Adoption: Finally Acknowledging All Parts of the System", Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Annual Conference, (San Antonio, Jan. 1990)

"Open Adoption", South Texas Association of Counseling and Development Winter Workshop (San Antonio, Jan. 1989)

"Adoptive Parents and Their Feelings", American Adoption Congress 1988 Region 4 Conference, (Houston)

"Open Adoption", American Adoption Congress 1988 Region 4 Conference, (Houston)

"Open Adoption", Texas Assoc. for Counseling & Development Annual Conference, (Austin, Oct. 1988)

"Search and Reunion", Ninth Annual Children Who Wait Training Conference, (Austin, Sept. 1988)

"Exploring Openness Options in Adoption", Training Seminar for Professionals, Children's Home Society, (St. Paul, 1985)

"Open Adoption: An Option Teens Can Live With", Texas Assoc. Concerned with Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting, (San Antonio, Nov. 1984)

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

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