2021 NAAA Fall Virtual Conference

Seven Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: For All People Touched By Adoption, Foster Care and Kinship Care

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1.) Participants will learn the Seven Core Issues in Adoption/Permanency as a way of understanding the lifelong, intergenerational losses, challenges and tasks for the child/youth/adoptee, foster/kinship/adoptive parents and birth/first parents.

2.) Participants will learn tools and resources to address each of the Seven Core Issues for each constellation member through a strengths-based, resiliency focused lens.

3.) Participants will be able to identify various types and symptoms of traumatic loss for children, as well as ways to intervene to help children identify, express and manage their pain/grief/anger/distress.

4.) Participants will recognize the signs of grief and loss in children/youth, especially as it relates to their traumatic losses and developmental stage and develop tools to assist with grief and affect management.

5.) Participants will learn to use the conceptual framework of emotional intelligence as way to strengthen parents/caregivers ability to read and attune with the emotional cues of their child while strengthening the child/youths ability to identify and express complex emotions associated with trauma and the foster/adoption experience.


Sharon Kaplan Roszia, M.S. is an internationally known trainer and author. She is renowned for her work in open adoption.  Sharon is the co-author of two books: the Open Adoption Experience and Cooperative Adoption. Sharon’s latest book is The Seven Core Issues in Adoption And Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction, which she co-authored with Allison Davis Maxon. Sharon is a consultant for the National Center on Adoption and Permanency. She is the recipient of an Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the Humanitarian award from The American Adoption Congress and awards from the North American Council on Adoptable Children among other awards.

Allison Davis Maxon, M.S. LMFT is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health.  She specializes in attachment, trauma and Permanency/Adoption.  Allison is the Executive Director for the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and was the Child Welfare consultant on the Paramount Pictures movie Instant Family.  She is co-author and master trainer of Kinship Center’s Act: An Adoption and Permanency curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals and Co-Author and Master Trainer of Pathways to Permanence: Parenting The Child Of Loss and Trauma.  Allison was honored in 2017 with the prestigious Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angel in Adoption Award and she is the co-author of The Seven Core Issues in Adoption And Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting  Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction.