2017-01-13 / Community

Program for seniors touched by adoption

The Simi Valley Senior Center will present a panel discussion on issues that affect those touched by adoption from 1945 to 1975 at 1 p.m. Fri., Jan. 20 at 3900 Avenida Simi.

During this period, known as the “Baby Scoop Era,” many single women who became pregnant were sent to maternity homes for unwed mothers and encouraged to put their babies up for adoption. Although maternity homes have largely disappeared, many women still live with the repercussions of an antiquated belief system.

A panel of therapists, social workers, adoption specialists and birth parent advocates will address topics such as the history of adoption, social pressures of this era, emotional consequences adoption had on birth mothers and healing in the aftermath.

There will also be information available on a newly formed birth parent discussion group that will meet on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

The group will be geared toward any senior parent who has placed a child for adoption.

The group’s goal is to offer a nurturing framework to meet with peers and explore issues including grief and loss.

For more information or reservations, call (805) 583-6363.

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