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Continuing Education REsources:

Adoption through the Eyes of Adolescents

Summary: This article addresses how adoption influences healthy separation from parents, identity formation, and decisions related to sexuality by focusing on six key areas of vulnerability around the adoption experience as highlighted in Debbie Riley’s book, Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens. This article addresses the unique challenges represented in each of these six themes, referred to as “the six spots where teens get stuck.”


Healing Foster Care Trauma Through Art

Summary: Through painting, drawing and art, Miriam is able to work through some of her childhood trauma.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Former Foster Youth

Summary: A former foster youth, now a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, talks about what it was like to age out of foster care with little support. She offers up advice for youth who are currently in the system.

Foster Youth Video – How Foster Care Can Be a Stepping Stone

Summary: After being taken from her adopted parents, Kaysie, a former foster youth shares her experiences living in twelve different placements from the time she was 14 until she aged out at 21.


Summary: Developing a trusting relationship with any teenager can be a challenge. For teenagers with traumatic backgrounds of abuse, neglect or broken homes, it’s especially challenging for both the teens and the adults who care for them. In this video Dr. Karyn Purvis, of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, shares some TBRI strategies that can be used with teens.