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Graduate and undergraduate students in helping profession academic tracks have an opportunity to complete their field experience with Roots Incorporated.
Intern hours of adoption-competency practice experience gained.
Interns trained in our program.
Total hours directly delivering our content in live workshops and presentations.
Our Learning Paths
Students with an adoptive identity are supported in ethically incorporating their lived experience of being adopted into their work and professional identity.
Students with identities within the broader adoption community are supported in ethically incorporating their lived experience into their work and professional identity.
Studies without lived adoption experience are supported in using anti-oppressive research and practice to ethically incorporate adoption work into their professional identity.
Our Levels of Practice
Therapy Center for Transformative Growth
Students looking for adoption-competent experience with groups and workshops can join our ongoing projects at Roots Incorporated.
Students looking for adoption-competent experience with research and advocacy can join our ongoing projects at Roots Incorporated.
Our Core Objectives
Each student crafts their own learning agreement based on their professional interests, their academic requirements, and what our practice setting offers. We have no formal job titles for interns to step into and fulfill for us. Supervisors work closely with interns using a professional job crafting framework to create their own job title, responsibilities, and projects.
Adoption is a complex institution of global significance that spans across multiple professional and academic disciplines. Our interns play an important role in helping us locate, review, understand, and synthesize this literature to keep our multi-media project informed. Some of the other vital functions of our interns include:
Complete trainings to increase their practice skills and competencies.
Review outside trainings offered commercially to evaluate them against our criteria for recommended adoption education.
Attend adoption community engagements to observe cultural norms, power dynamics, and best practices for adoption-related gathering and events.
Analyze media inquiry databases for pitches that fall within our scope of practice.
Follow ongoing state and federal pending child welfare legislation.
Interact with the political landscape of adoption and intersecting social justice issues.
Adoption as an institution lacks a "centeredness" on the voices of adopted people. Part of addressing this need is to create resources where there currently aren't any. Some of the vital ways our interns help us create include:
Develop thorough presentations and workshops for major professional conferences.
Formulate policy opinions on pending adoption or child welfare legislation.
Craft print and digital educational content that align with the student's internship-focused interests.
Create educational and outreach displays for our location's storefront windows.
Draft responses to media inquiries and interviews.
Contribute to the ongoing development of our post-adoption support program.
Our students are able to take the content that they have been educated about and created and operationalize it into a real-world practice. Some recent ways our interns have worked with us to facilitate important events.
Adoption-competent genogram classes with adopted people.
Adoption-competent TV show discussion group series with adopted youth.
Two semester partnership in post-adoption support facilitation with a child welfare organization
Multiple professional workshop presentations at educational events and major conferences.
Contributions to oral history databases through interviews with adopted people.
Instagram live moderation for community "ask us anything" sessions.
Roots Incorporated has multiple professional identity development objectives that we hope to impart to every student. Through achievement of these objectives, we feel confident in the ability of each of our students to serve adoptees and the broader adoption community in safe and ethical ways.
An understanding of the diversity of the adoptee community and its varying perspectives.
An understanding of axes of power and privilege that flow through adoption as a social institution.
An understanding of the social prototypes of identities in adoption and an ability to view adoptees through an intersectional lens.
An understanding of anti-oppressive and anti-racist practice behaviors that privilege adoptee voices and perspectives.
An understanding of reflexive practices to decolonize thinking and biases about adopted people, their movements, their needs, and their loved ones.
An understanding of the historical and present personal and political social realities of adopted people globally.
Historically, we have worked exclusively with BSW and MSW students. However, we are open to accepting students from all relevant academic and career paths that align with our mission, vision, and values. To set up an interview for consideration to complete your internship with us, please refer to your university's protocol for students securing their own field placements. You may provide your field liason with our contact information as well.
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