Welcome to our Calendar of Events!

This calendar includes opportunities for learning and connection from the Wisconsin Family Connections Center, the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, and several other organizations across Wisconsin. (NOTE: Opportunities from the Wisconsin Family Connections Center are noted with a blue ribbon on the calendar below.)

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For a complete listing of Regional Events and Support Groups, please visit the Wisconsin Family Connections Center Eventbrite Page.

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For information about Recorded Webinars, Upcoming Live Webinars, Courses, and Conferences, please visit the Champion Classrooms.

Events are added as information is made available to us. If you’d like to share an upcoming event with us, please contact us at info@wifamilyconnectionscenter.org.

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Activism in Adoption: Rejection, Reclamation, and Self-Acceptance: Adoptee Consciousness Model

May 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join transracial adoptee Patrick Armstrong as he walks us through the Adoptee Consciousness Model, a way of understanding adoption designed by adoptee scholars, which describes how adoptees become aware of the larger social issues (racism, poverty, unethical agency practices, etc.) that shape adoption and begin to question the mainstream narrative of adoption as an exclusively happy and positive outcome for all involved. This process of becoming critically reflective of adoption may bring up feelings of anger, denial, and confusion as an adoptee struggles to meaningfully process and accept the impact and implications of their adoption. How can adoptive parents support their child if their feelings and views about adoption change? How can everyone in the adoption constellation come together to better support adopted people? Understanding this model is the first step.

Patrick Armstrong uses the Adoptee Consciousness Model to share about his experience navigating rejection, reclaiming his identity, and finding self-acceptance. Patrick takes the audience through the phases of the Adoptee Consciousness Model by sharing examples and stories from his own experience and offering practical guidance on supporting adoptee well-being long-term.


May 29
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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