Adoptive siblings, or children who were already a part of the family prior to foster care or adoption, can struggle with many unspoken challenges in their families. One of the biggest challenges is feeling invisible – feeling like no one recognizes that they are affected by what is happening in their families. In this Deeper Dive, we will discuss not only how these children – the often invisible family member – are impacted by foster care or adoption, but also how every member of the family is impacted. We will gain a new awareness of what is really happening in our families and why it can sometimes feel so stressful or chaotic. We will also learn practical, research-based strategies that have been proven to meet the needs of every member of the family and improve overall family functioning.
Presented by Dr. Jana Hunsley
Dr. Jana Hunsley is an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), psychologist, TBRI Practitioner, and advocate for families in the adoption and foster care community. Jana received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD) at Texas Christian University (TCU). She has written and spoken for the National Council for Adoption, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Show Hope’s Hope for the Journey Conference, and more. Jana is the executive director of Project 1025 and a professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Jana’s work focuses on understanding and meeting the needs of every member of the adoptive and foster family. She has counseled, studied, taught, trained, created, and researched foster and adoptive families for years. Taking what she’s learned, she’s developed a new model that has proven effective for meeting the needs and improving the quality of life for foster and adoptive families.
This webinar will take place on Zoom and it will be recorded. You will receive the link to join after registering below.