10 Things Adoptees Want You to Know

Check out the article I wrote for Huffington Post!  
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Adoptive Parent Coaching is here!

I am excited to announce that I am now offering coaching and consultation specifically for Adoptive Parents who have questions and concerns related to parenting adopted children. I get many calls and emails from parents with questions, worries and needing resources...
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My 7-year-old son isn’t interested in his adoption story.

QUESTION: We adopted my son at birth and now he is 7-years old. He used to like to hear about his adoption and the day my husband and I brought him home but recently he does not have any interest in hearing his adoption story or talking about adoption. In the past few...
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Feeling Felt: The Importance of Adoption Support Groups

My latest article was just published on GoodTherapy.org! Feeling Felt: The Importance of Adoption Support Groups discusses the importance of coming together with others who are walking a similar path.  My colleague and I started AdoptCONNECT and Teen AdoptCONNECT to...
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It’s time to start a LifeBook for your child!

Today is a good day to start a Lifebook for your child. It’s ok if they’re 5 months, 5 years or much older. A Lifebook is an important gift you can give to your son or daughter. Lifebooks help connect a child to his or her history and beginning. They...
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Here are a few of my favorite adoption books for young children.

ABC, Adoption & Me by Gayle Swift is one of my favorite kids book about adoption. It is written with “true” language and deals with some of the complex feelings related to adoption in an age-appropriate way. This book can certainly be a starting point...
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How Parents Can Help Adopted Children Navigate Birthdays and Holidays

Birthdays, Mother’s Day, and other notable dates can bring about complicated feelings for many adopted kids. Parents can help by acknowledging and honoring their child’s past history. GoodTherapy.org published my latest article: How Parents Can Help...
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Adoption Memoir “blog tour” – Finding Zoe

This is my first year participating in an adoption memoir blog tour, created by my friend and colleague Lori Holden. Participants were invited to reflect and comment on different questions after reading Finding Zoe, written by Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris. Finding Zoe...
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10 Things Adoptees Want You to Know

10 Things Adoptees Want You to Know 10 Things originally appeared on Huffington Post! Click here to view. I was adopted as an infant, during a time when adoption was still shrouded in secrecy. My birthmother kept her pregnancy hidden from her family for nearly seven...
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Adoption Knowledge Affiliates Conference November 7-8, 2014 ~ Austin, TX

The Adoption Knowledge Affiliates Conference (AKA) was wonderful. I had the privilege to present at this year’s conference: “A Place at the Table: Making Room for the Entire Triad.” Keynote Speaker, Leslie Pate Mackinnon LCSW was fantastic,...
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Ask the adoptee is a place for anyone connected by adoption to ask and get answers to questions related to adoption. Ask the adoptee can be a useful resource for adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents, foster parents and youth, educators, medical and mental health professionals and social workers. Education, insight and awareness are keys to understanding and integrating the lifelong adoption experience. Find answers and support here.

Lesli Johnson lives in Los Angeles and was adopted as an infant. She works as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in adoption related issues. Her practice includes adults, adolescents, couples and families. Lesli is dedicated to helping her clients connect the dots of their story in order to achieve understanding, clarity, emotional resilience and a general sense of well being. She utilizes attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, mind-body connection and mindfulness practices in her work with her clients. Please visit Lesli’s website www.yourmindfulbrain.com for more information.

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Email: lesliajohnson@gmail.com | Phone: 310-614-1867