Talking About Adoption will be Social Work Speaker Topic May 16

“Talking About Adoption” will Highlight When and How to Communicate with an Adopted Child About Adoption Issues

April 30, 2012




Information: Daemen Social Work


                       (716) 839-8515


           On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, the Daemen College Social Work Department’s Spring 2012 Lecture Series will present “Talking About Adoption: Social, Emotional, Values, and Identity Development.”  The presentation will be by Michele Fried, BS, the founder and chair of Adoption STAR.  


           The lecture will take place 11:45a.m. - 1:45 p.m., in Wick Center Alumni Lounge on the Daemen College campus, 4380 main Street, in Amherst. Ticket cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Tickets and reservations can be obtained by calling the Daemen College Social Work Department, 839-8515. 


           “Talking About Adoption: Social, Emotional, Values, and Identity Development” will highlight when and how to communicate with an adopted child about adoption issues based on their age and developmental level. In addition, Michele Fried will address how we find the right words when "talking about adoption." As an adoptive parent and adoption professional, Michele points out the need to be cognizant of the words we use when introducing adoption to our families, clients, schools, and community. “Talking About Adoption” is an interactive presentation that will address how language and the ways we choose to discuss adoption affects an adoptee’s perceptions and identity, where identity will be a dual focus of the presentation.


           Before starting Adoption STAR, Michele worked as an educator in Pennsylvania; after she and her husband adopted their first child, she entered the field of adoption. In 1989 she founded an adoption agency licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As Michele’s own family began to grow they chose to return home to Western New York. Michele was inspired by the need for a passionate, advocacy based, non-profit child-welfare agency in this area, which led directly to the start of Adoption STAR in March, 2000, founded on the belief that "there is a family for every child." In 2003, Michele received a Business First “Forty Under 40” award; she was subsequently selected by WKBW-TV as one of the WNY community’s “Everyday Heroes” in 2004.   


           The YWCA honored Michele in 2005 by selecting her as one of 26 “Women Making a Difference in Western New York.” A few years later Michele was the recipient of a Business First “Women of Influence” entrepreneur award in 2009.

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