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Central Region Book Club: "Before We Were Yours" - 2.5 CEUs
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When: Thursday, June 20, 2019
5:45pm - 8:15pm
Where: AdCare
95 Lincoln Street
Worcester, Massachusetts  01605
United States
Contact: Jessica O'Neill, Central MA Coordinator

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This program will include a facilitated group discussion of the book Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate. Registration, light refreshments, and networking will begin at 5:30 pm. Program will run from 5:45 – 8:15 pm.


About the Book

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. (summary from Amazon)


About the Program

The group, having read the book Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, will be led in discussion by Sheron Adair. The group will learn about some of the laws and structures within which adoption work gets done by the Commonwealth. Ms. Adair will offer her experience from 20+ years working with adoptive children and adoptive parents, as well as her own experiences of being an adoptee. Some issues that will be discussed are finding the right family for a child, attachment, bonding, and moving forward while dealing with the past. She will be able to offer generalized stories and themes as they relate to adoption and this story. We will look at ways these events effect adoptees entire life going forward and what might be helpful in working with adoptees of all ages. 


This program is approved for 2.5 Social Work CEUs.

Cost of Attendance: $10 for NASW members / $20 for non-members.

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