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Bring Lori’s “Don’t Split the Baby” Workshop to You
Lori speaks occasionally at adoption agencies to help clients understand how to create and sustain a vibrant and child-centered open adoption. She is also available to speak or keynote at adoption conferences. Inquire or arrange.
Praise for Lori Holden’s Open Adoption Workshop
From Randie Randie Bencanann, LCSW, Co-Director of Adoption Connection in San Francisco:
We were so fortunate to have Lori Holden, author of The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption do a presentation for pre- and post-adoption clients at our agency. She is a dynamic and knowledgeable presenter with a passionate and compassionate view of the role of openness in adoption. I was particularly impressed by her ability to see all sides of the adoption triad, be realistic about such complicated relationships but also be optimistic and inspirational in her approach to creating the best possible outcomes for a healthy open adoption. She encouraged audience participation and was responsive and sensitive to all.
If the proof is in the pudding, or the sale of the book is evidence of a great evening, we sold all of the books we ordered and the comments were extremely favorable. I would recommend Lori as a presenter to anyone involved in the adoption world.
From Katie Stallman, LICSW, CGE, Seattle Regional Supervisor of Open Adoption & Family Services
The Seattle Open Adoption &Family Services community was thrilled to welcome Lori on October 1st. Lori’s activities, personal stories, and grid analysis on four different styles of “openness” led to greater awareness and clarity as to what the adults truly need to do in relationships with children to both acknowledge and “heal the split between biology and biography.” Our community, already well versed in the benefits of openness and poised to enter a values-based open adoption, left the evening with even more wisdom and self-awareness courtesy of Lori’s candid style. Lori’s ability to reflect, use self-talk, and then act based on the best interests of her children left all feeling inspired and more equipped to reflect for themselves.
Lori has an amazing ability to articulate the many nuances of open adoption and leaves space for others to ponder the difficulties without feeling judged. I would recommend her workshop to any community interested in fine-tuning their open adoption philosophy and the skill-set inherently needed to navigate a sometimes rocky, yet beautiful road. Many thanks to Lori for her Northwest visit!
Praise for Lori Holden’s book
“Those who long to see adoption done in a big-hearted way will be encouraged by her hospitable words.” — James L. Gritter, MSW, author of Hospitious Adoption
“Not only is Lori Holden an acknowledged thought leader in the area of open adoption, she is also truly beloved by the men and women who look to her for guidance, humor and balance when considering this route for themselves. Her book will be cherished by many and inspirational to all.” — Corey Whelan, patient advocate and author, The American Fertility Association
“This is one wise book. Sure it’s full of the practicalities of open adoption—the whys and, most useful, the hows, but it is the spirit of this book that truly shines. It is this spirit of openness — Lori calls it the heartset/mindset that ultimately needs to guide us as parents. I’d love for this to be read by every adoptive parents and expectant parent at the beginning of the adoption journey. — Dawn Davenport, host of the top rated national radio show- Creating a Family: Talk about Adoption and Infertility, executive director of Creating a Family
“The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption covers what this adoptee wishes my parents had known, and beyond. The definitive post-modern guide to enlightened adoption. –Marcy Axness, PhD, parent coach and author of Parenting for Peace
See more endorsements and reviews on Amazon.
Speaking dates 2013
- March 9: Rochester, NY
- September 26: Denver, CO
- October 1: Seattle, WA
- October 2: Portland, OR
- October 3: Eugene, OR
- October 17: San Francisco, CA
- November 3: Denver, CO
- Dates soon announced for 2014
- Listen To Your Mother Show: “The Day I Earned My Mom Badge.”
- The Huffington Post article: I’m Raising Someone Else’s Children.
- The Huffington Post article: When News is No Longer News and When Denial is Still Denial
- The Huffington Post article: Re-homing After Adoption: Teasing Out the Problem
- Adoption Perspectives radio show.
- BlogTalk Radio with Dawn Davenport of Creating a Family
- Dawn’s post-radio show blog post: The #1 Secret Tip for a Successful Open Adoption.