Foster/Adoptive Identity: The Journey from Foster Care to Adoption

Speaker

Erin Boyce, MSW

Dr. Michele Hanna from the University of Denver

Job Title

Project Manager/ Doctoral Student

Format

workshop

Audience

Foster and/or Adoptive Parents, Service Providers, Case Managers, Students, Advocates

Presentation Summary:

Foster / Adoptive Identity

Older children and adolescents in foster care are in need of permanent homes and understanding how they view their overall experience from removal to adoption is important in helping to provide them with a healthy environment in which to continue to develop their personality and identity. This session will provide both foster and adoptive parents as well as child welfare and adoption professionals with an in-depth look at the experiences, outcomes, and identity development of young adults who are adopted from foster care after the age of 8.
-       For the foster/ adoptive parents and child welfare and adoption professionals to gain a better understanding of the
foster care to adoption experience from the point of view of the adopted young adult.
-       For the foster/ adoptive parents and child welfare and adoption professionals to gain an in-depth understanding of
the adopted child’s identity development from the young adult’s perspective.
-       To provide the foster/adoptive parents and child welfare and adoption professionals with tips to integrating the adopted
older child into their new family.

BIO/Experience:

 

Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

Currently I am a second year doctoral student at the University of Denver.As part of my doctoral studies I am  the project manager on two research projects.  One of which is proposed for presentation

at the conference: Foster / Adoptive Identity. The second is a large Federal Grant from the Children's Bureau through Denver Department of Human Services evaluating Denver's diligent recruitment programs for foster and adoptive parents.