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November 2023Vol. 24, No. 9Parenting Adopted Teens and Young Adults

Adolescence can be a trying time for many youth and their families, but for teens and young adults who have been or are in the process of being adopted, this is particularly true. A free training from Creating a Family provides adoptive parents with information and guidance for navigating the teen years with a focus on the added complexities that adoption presents.

In it, the course instructor, Katie Naftzger, a licensed clinical social worker, Korean adoptee, and author, discusses topics such as the challenges unique to parenting an adopted teen, trauma and adversity, birth family issues, identity development, supporting teens’ mental health, transitioning to adulthood, and more.

The 55-minute audio-recorded course includes a training outline and a 2-page tip sheet, which provides tips parents can use to better understand and support their child. Access the training "Parenting Adopted Teens and Young Adults" on the Creating a Family website.