JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT CLASS:

NOVEMBER 1st

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

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LIFETIME HEALING, LLC 2017 || ALL RIGHTS RESERVED || STEALING IS LAME - KEEP IT CLASSY

FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. NOT INTENDED TO TREAT OR DIAGNOSE ANY CONDITION OR ILLNESS.

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Lifetime Healing Founder and President, Ashley Mitchell, is a birth mother of 13 years. she has spent a decade educating the triad on the expectations and realities of domestic open adoptions. Over the years there have been countless emails from adoptive parents thanking her for the education she was providing.

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FOR COUPLES + INDIVIDUALS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF ADOPTING

  • We know that there is not enough education for adopting parents.

  • We know that EVERYONE has an opinion on the do's and don'ts of adoption.

  • We know that you are HUNGRY for honest, open and helpful information.

  • We know that what is being offered in your Home Study education is NOT enough.

  • We know that you want to do this well.

  • We know that your online communities are overwhelming and can be harsh.

  • We know that we make a lot of fear based decisions.

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Join us for a 12 course ONLINE classroom experience that will walk you through what we believe to be the most

important topics of navigating this complex adopting experience. 

We are so excited to work with CourseCraft to offer you the best possible online classroom experience. You will have access to hours of  Pre-Recorded videos, printable PDF's, resources and more!

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THE 7 CORE ISSUES POST RELINQUISHMENT: Understanding what birth mother grief and trauma actually looks like will help you understand behaviors and seasons of silence, how PTSD plays a role in our actions and signs to watch for when navigating this relationship with your child(ren’s) biological mother. - Ashley Mitchell, Birth Mother

IT DOESN’T END AT THE HOSPITAL: Ashley Mitchell, a birth mother, will talk through how to respond to being chosen by an expectant mother, expectations in contact, do’s and don’ts of social media, what it is like the first time you meet, gifts, hospital time and more. These first few interactions will help lay the foundation of a positive and realistic open adoption relationship moving forward.

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PROMISES: Every relationship with a birth mother is just that: a relationship. How you show up for her is how you would show up for anyone else in your life that matters to you and you want to pursue a relationship with. I want to change how hopeful adoptive and adoptive parents see birth mothers; to change the lenses through which you are currently looking and shift it to one made up entirely of compassion, empathy, love, acknowledgement and commitment, even in the hard things.

NAVIGATING OPEN ADOPTION: Biological and adoptive mother share five major lessons they have learned going from a closed to open adoption. These include: 1. Realistic Expectations 2. Clear Communication 3. Knowing your Roles 4. Healthy Boundaries 5. Marathon not a Sprint. 

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TRANSFERRING PAIN AND INSECURITY: Expectations and Open Adoption: We will be discussing navigating complex emotions such as grief and fear while also unpacking expectations both hidden and open in adoption. - Jenni Starling, Adoptive Mother

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ADDICTION AND INCARCERATION IN OPEN ADOPTION: One of the most taboo topics when talking about open adoption is how to navigate relationships through addiction and incarceration. What are mental health professionals saying about it? How does open adoption work with these issues? Is closing things down the right thing to do? We will be discussing these questions and more.  - Kelly Treadway, Adoptive Mother

ADOPTIVE PARENTS PLAY A ROLE IN ETHICAL PRACTICES: Adoptive parents must lead the charge in ethical adoptions. Come discuss what questions you should be asking, what do you do if you discover unethical practices, and how adoption professionals should be caring for biological families.  - Kelly Treadway, Adoptive Mother

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TELLING YOUR STORY THROUGH YOUR PROFILE BOOKS: Learn about Hannah and her personal adoption journey and what led her to starting the adoption community Kindred + Co.  She will give you tips, and the dos and don’ts of creating your adoption profile book. - Hannah Eloge, Adoptive Mother and Professional 

HOW TO COMMUNICATE YOUR CHILD’S ADOPTION: In this session I will cover how to share different aspects of your child's adoption story with them and with others.  While we as parents are excited about sharing every detail of our child's adoption story, we must also remember that we have a responsibility to also hold some details close to us.  We never want to make their story our own or speak for them before they are ready especially in the world of social media.  And we never want to speak for their biological family.  How much is enough, and how much is too much? I will share how I have done this well and not so well over the last seven years, and what I am still learning as we go.  I will also talk about how we have shared our son's adoption story with him over the years in a way that he can understand and never feel different.  And then how can your family support you in all of this?  How can you help them understand decisions you make regarding your children and their relationships with their biological family when many of them come from a very different generation?  We want your families to support you, understand the adoption process, and also learn how to communicate with others.  We want them to learn to walk alongside you all the way from the moment you make the decision to adopt and through the lifelong fluidity of adoption relationships. Having open communication with everyone is a game changer in adoption and something we are still learning as we go.

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WALKING TWO PATHS: NAVIGATING ROLES OF ADOPTEE AND BIRTH MOTHER: Course presenter, Martha, is both an adoptee and birthmother who will share her experience navigating both roles and how they shaped her perspectives on adoption and why she is an advocate for promoting both adopted family and birthmother support. She will share her own adoption story including the reunification process and developing relationships with her birth family. Martha will also share her experience as a birthmother and how her own view of adoption shifted after placing her birthdaughter in an open adoption.

NURTURING A HEALTHY ADOPTEE: Learn about raising an adoptee to support and address their emotional needs across the lifespan and ways in which you can provide open and honest communication with them regarding their adoption. Identify ways to bond early with your adopted child, promote healthy sensory-rich environments, and be aware of signs and symptoms of trauma that may impact your family. Course participants will be provided with resources, sources of support in their communities, and recommended books for reference or further reading.

LIFETIME HEALING, LLC 2017 || ALL RIGHTS RESERVED || STEALING IS LAME - KEEP IT CLASSY

FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. NOT INTENDED TO TREAT OR DIAGNOSE ANY CONDITION OR ILLNESS.

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LIFETIME HEALING, LLC 2017 || ALL RIGHTS RESERVED || STEALING IS LAME - KEEP IT CLASSY

FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. NOT INTENDED TO TREAT OR DIAGNOSE ANY CONDITION OR ILLNESS.

 
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