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Celebrating Your Family’s Story
January 7 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
Each of us has a story, many stories, really. The one we tell ourselves, the one others believe, and the objective reality. The way we understand our narratives; the extent to which we reconcile our past and learn from our experiences, influence the way we see ourselves, the way we interact, and the way we handle our relationships.
Likewise, each of our children has a story. Some chapters of their stories were written before we knew them; some parts they themselves cannot remember; some parts are truly unknown. Many times, the tale is so troubling that they and we are reluctant to recall it. It is tempting when a child enters a family to write a new book; to begin the child’s story the day s/he came home; to delete the past and begin life anew. Tempting, but not helpful to the child or the family.
As the New Year begins we will welcome the future with respect for the past. We will learn more about our own stories and how they intersect and influence the stories of our children.
“Our joy and our sorrow are contained in the same cup.”
About the Presenter:
Nancy Ng, MA, has been a trainer and resource for adoptive families in the Bay Area for over forty years. Nancy is co-editor of Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers and a long-time board member of FAIR (Families Adopting in Response). Nancy has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and specializes in working with foster and adoptive families. She has served on a subcommittee of the Governor’s Adoption Policy Advisory Council in California and on the advisory board of Adoptive Families of America, and has presented at local and national training conferences on adoption. She is a master trainer of Kinship Center’s Adoption Clinical Training and is a Love and Logic Instructor. In addition, she is a mother of thirteen, nine of whom joined the family via “special needs” adoption.