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Workshops & Webinars

Are you affiliated with:

  • an adoption or child-welfare agency?
  • an adoptive parent support group?
  • an adoption conference?
  • adoption camp?
  • any other adoption education event?

Below are three current workshop/webinar offerings and a bit about them. Each can be customized to suit your purposes.

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Option 1:
Being the Parent Your Child Needs You To Be

  • Full day workshop complete with interactive exercises
  • Includes three adoptee & birth parent panelists to share their lived experiences and viewpoints on openness
  • Explores three shifts that help participants evolve from fearful to fearless in our adoptive parenting
  • Participants come away with a new orientation from which to generate creative solutions to tricky situations in adoptive parenting
  • Situations addressed include conversations around boundaries and conflict, parenting with intention and attunement, and cultivating discernment, openness, and confidence


Lori provided a day-long conference for adoptive, foster, and guardianship parents and professionals. Lori thought through every detail, and it really paid off. We couldn’t be more pleased with how the day went!

Lori presented in a way that kept attendees engaged. Attendees left with a greatly enhanced understanding of what openness in adoption really looks like, and how every single adoption can be an open adoption.

The word that describes the feeling in the room after the conference is energized. Feedback was ALL positive, with participants saying they learned something new and intend to apply it. Highly recommend!
—Jessica Wright
Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support Program

Option 2:
Navigating Openness in Adoption

  • 75 to 120 minutes
  • In person or via webinar
  • Can be co-presented with Angela Tucker, author of You Should Be Grateful
  • Introduces the Open Adoption Grid and the Inclusive Family Support Model

Option 3:

"You’re Not My Real Mom!"+ 9 More Parenting Conversations That Will Arise

  • 60 to 90 minutes
  • In person or via webinar
  • Co-presented with either Barbara Herel or Alicia Ehr Martínez, experienced adoptive moms and who bring levity to the gravity of these situations
  • A humorous take on serious situations adoptive parents WILL face
  • Interactive and with role-playing