Adoption 301

Post-adoption support is critical to the success of any adoption journey.

It is our endeavour to provide post-adoption support and education workshops that cover the most relevant and needed topics and to be a safe place where adoptive families can find support, rest, care and a place to lean when it gets tough.

Fee: R 550 per person or R 950 per couple, per workshop.


Workshop Information



Workshop THREE

Loss and Grief: A Lifelong Journey

During this workshop we seek to understand the journey of loss and grief and how it shows up in children and adolescents. We discuss what behaviours and triggers to be aware of and how to navigate the journey with empathy and awareness.

We present our Real Stories: Abandonment – Understanding Why It Happens interview series where we hear the real stories of birth mothers who abandoned their children. Their voices, their history and subsequent stories are explored.

Rounding off the session we take a look at reframing therapeutic work to incorporate culturally sensitive positioning.


09:00 am

Virtual via Zoom

Speakers: Mandy Matthews (Clinical Psychologist) & Anthea Benjamin (Integrative Arts Psychologist)

Adoptees: Isaac Etter & Thandi Kuo



Workshop FOUR

Extended Family, Lifestories and the Lived Experiences of Adult Adoptees

During this workshop we talk about how to deal with your extended family and the sensitive, often traumatic information of your child’s history. We discuss how to set healthy boundaries and facilitate bonding between your adopted child and your family members.

We also engage in Lifestory work and how to help your child understand and process their life story in an empowering and healthy way that makes space for grief and loss, and acknowledges and validates adoption trauma.

We present our Real Stories: Being Adopted Series, a series of transracial adult adoptee interviews sharing their lived experiences of adoption.


09:00 am

Virtual via Zoom

Speakers: ARISE Family & Anthea Benjamin (Integrative Arts Psychologist)

Adoptees: Melissa Guida Richards, Adam Goodman, Isaac Etter & Thandi Kuo

Upcoming Workshops

These are the workshops that will take place in the second half of 2022. More detailed information will be provided on each of the below workshops closer to the time. If you would like to make an early bird booking or enquire for more information, please click the button below.

Workshop FIVE

29 October

  • Adoptee Advocacy and Empowerment – advocating for your child, and helping them to advocate for themselves by empowering them through their adoption story

Workshop SIX

26 November

  • Adoption and Identity Formation: how to raise a transracially adopted child with a strong, healthy sense of racial, cultural and ethnic identity

Join the Companionship

The heart of The Adoption Companion is to champion, strengthen and journey with every person and family that we connect with.


39 Inanda Road, Hillcrest,  
Albany, 3610