Joint Council Events

2015 Conference – Putting Family First: Family Strengthening to Adoption

Our joint conference with the National Council for Adoption -Putting Family First: Family Strengthening to Adoption - will be held June 21-24, 2015, in Arlington, VA (Washington DC metro area).  Join us for three-days of compelling presentations on topics ranging from adoption medicine and orphan nutrition to government policy and best practices. To learn more, please click here.

Education Seminars and Webinars

Through our partnership with Adoption Learning Partners, we hope you can join in on one of our educational webinars or seminars which are open to adoptive families, adoption professionals and anyone providing care for children.  Click here for info on our next webinar.

PARTNER EVENTS

Midwest

Holt Sunny Ridge – Young Adult Adoptee Group
Date:  April 1, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Event Description: This event is for older teens and adults (16-20 years old) who would like to discuss adoption-related topics in a safe and open environment. Discussions will range in topics from peer relationships, launching out of their parents home, college/career, and other adoption related issues.
Event Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/young-adult-adoptee-group-tickets-14753454981

Holt International – Adoption Information Meeting
Date:  April 3, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Event Description: Holt International invites you to attend an adoption information meeting to learn more about your options for international adoption. An experienced, local Holt social worker will sit down with you to outline eligibility requirements for various countries, give you an overview of the processing steps, and explain how your state branch office will be there with you along the way. Please RSVP for further details on the location.
Event Details: http://www.holtinternational.org/adoption/adoption-meeting.php

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Transracial Families Group
Date: April 5, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Duluth, MN
Event Description: Anyone who is considering adopting transracially or is part of a transracial/multicultural family is welcome to join this potluck event to build relationships and community.
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/blog/join-our-transracial-family-group-duluth

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Adoption Information Meeting for Families in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin
Date: April 6, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CT
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Event Description: Join a free, in-person information meeting to learn about international, domestic infant, and foster care adoption.
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/minnesota-western-wisconsin-meetings

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Parents of Adopted Adults Group
Date: April 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Event Description: Join other parents to support one another and learn about the changing world of adoption and how it affects our relationships with our adult children. This group is open to any adoptive parents, regardless of agency.
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/parents-adopted-adults

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Domestic Waiting Children Information Meeting
Date: April 11, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Event Description: Join a free, in-person information meeting to learn about adopting from Minnesota foster care.
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/intro-minnesota-waiting-children

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Bubble Gum Group
Date: April 13, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 -p.m. CT
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Event Description: This group, for kids ages 8-11, offers children a chance to talk about diversity and culture, school issues, adoption and birth families. A discussion group for parents meets separately at the same time. This group is open to any family, regardless of agency.
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/bubble-gum

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Parents of Domestic Waiting Children
Date: April 14, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CT
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Event Description: Join other parents to share experiences in a peer environment about parenting children who lived in foster care prior to joining their adoptive families. This group is open to any adoptive parents, regardless of agency.
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/Adoptive_Parent_Group_MWC

Holt Sunny Ridge – Parent Discussion Group
Date:  April 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Event Description: This group is open to all adoptive parents and will focus primarily on TBRI skills, strategies, and techniques.
Event Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-discussion-group-tickets-14753699713

Holt Sunny Ridge – Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Workshop – Correcting
Date:  April 18, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Event Description: Holt-Sunny Ridge Children’s Services and The University of Chicago Adoption Center are excited to announce the fourth of four workshops on Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), presented by Pam Shepard, LCSW and Linda Walsh, NP. Goals for this workshop are to: lay the foundation for understanding on how to balance structure and nurture during interactions with children, enhance understanding of the TBRI ® IDEAL Response © and Levels of Response ™, and to communicate that after behavioral episodes children should feel content and connected to their caregiver and have changed behavior.
Event Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trust-based-relational-intervention-tbri-workshop-correcting-april-2015-tickets-14509593585

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Beyond the Bubble Group
Date: April 20, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 -p.m. CT
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Event Description: This group, for kids ages 11 and up, offers children a chance to dive deeper into what adoption means to them. A discussion group for parents meets separately at the same time. This group is open to any family, regardless of agency.
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/beyondthebubble

Holt Sunny Ridge – Adoption Information Meeting
Date:  April 20, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Event Description: Attend our Adoption Information Meeting! Learn more about adoption and the current adoption opportunities through our agency. Holt-Sunny Ridge hosts regular Adoption Information Meetings where you can learn about our services. Our meeting will provide information on children in need of a family, both in domestically and internationally. We will also discuss requirements for adopting, the adoption process, wait times, costs, and more. Be sure to spend some time on our website reading about program requirements prior to registering for this meeting. Note: Holt-Sunny Ridge offices are wheelchair accessible. Children are not allowed to attend Information Meetings.
Event Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holt-sunny-ridge-adoption-information-meeting-2015-registration-14508087079

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Educational Event – Trauma-Informed Care and Attachment
Date: April 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CT
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Event Description: Join a workshop on understanding trauma and a relationship based approach to foster care. Learn best practices for intervention, prevention, and care through a trauma-informed lens.
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/learn

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Bubble Gum Group
Date: April 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 -p.m. CT
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Event Description: This group, for kids ages 8-11, offers children a chance to talk about diversity and culture, school issues, adoption and birth families. A discussion group for parents meets separately at the same time. This group is open to any family, regardless of agency.
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/bubble-gum

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Adoptive Family Potluck
Date: April 28, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Duluth, MN
Event Description: Join a quarterly pot luck gathering of families (regardless of placing agency) who have adopted or is adopting. The purpose of our gathering is to bring adoptive families together, to serve as a place that is safe to discuss adoption-related topics with each other, and have some fun!
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/events

Holt International – Adoption Information Meeting
Date:  April 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Kansas City/Overland Park, Missouri
Event Description: Holt International invites you to attend an adoption information meeting to learn more about your options for international adoption. An experienced, local Holt social worker will sit down with you to outline eligibility requirements for various countries, give you an overview of the processing steps, and explain how your state branch office will be there with you along the way. Please RSVP for further details on the location.
Event Details: http://www.holtinternational.org/adoption/adoption-meeting.php

Northeast

Adoption STAR – Race Matters
Date:
April 1, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 131 John Muir Drive, Amherst, NY 14228
Event Description: With Sue Reardon, Adoptive Parent Mentor & Coach and Panel. This class will introduce a panel that will include professionals and adoptive parents who will challenge the idea of love being colorblind as we explore topics such as race, identity and discrimination. We will also include discussions on current events as they pertain to race.
Event Details: Please call Adoption STAR at 716-639-3900 or email the agency at info@adoptionstar.com to Register.se email jdudziak@haps.org to register

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services – Speed Friending for Adoptees & their Allies
Date:
April 1, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Spence-Chapin Services 410 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128
Event Description: YLC and the Modern Family Center present: Speed Friending for Adoptees & their Allies. What is “Speed Friending”? It’s kind of like Speed Dating, minus the dating. It’s a great way to meet and bond with your peers in the adoption community and share experiences and stories. During the activity you’ll answer a few questions about yourself including fun things you like to do and what connects you to adoption. It’ll give you the chance to get to know everyone while keeping the conversations fresh and lively! At the end of the activity there will be plenty of time to hang out and get to know each other over drinks. Beer, wine, soda, and snacks will be served. This event is FREE!  Adoptees and allies in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are welcome.
Event Details: http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=813

Homestudies & Adoption Placement Services (HAPS) – International Adoption Information Meeting
Date: April 7, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: 668 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Event Description: HAPS is pleased to offer a free information meeting about International Adoption at our Teaneck, NJ office.  A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Event Details: Please email jdudziak@haps.org to register.

Adoption STAR – Private Track Group Training
Date:
April 8, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Jewish Community Center 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY
Event Description: Sue Reardon, Adoptive Parent Mentor & Coach Adoption STAR created The Agency Assisted Private Adoption Program, often referred to as “Private Track” to provide increased opportunities to adopt an infant. This creative and flexible program will teach you how to advertise yourself. Learn from the professionals! Please call Adoption STAR at 716-639-3900 or email the agency at info@adoptionstar.com to register.
Event Details: https://www.whfc.org/events/registration/adoption?event=188

Wide Horizons for Children – Adoption Information Meeting
Date:
April 9, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Event Description: Wide Horizons For Children is actively seeking families for young children in China, Taiwan and the Philippines and newborn children in the U.S.! Join us to learn about these exciting opportunities. Our experienced Adoption Educators will help you understand more about the adoption process, choosing an agency, eligibility, traveling for your adoption, and the children who need you. This meeting provides an excellent base of information, and we are available to schedule free individual consults with all families who attend this initial meeting. Email: contact@whfc.org
Event Details: Please call Adoption STAR at 716-639-3900 or email the agency at

Adoption STAR – Jump with SOFIA
Date:
April 11, 2015
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Sky Zone 425 Cayuga Rd, Cheektawoga, NY 14225
Event Description: Open to Adoptive Families. Join SOFIA for this day at a unique and fun indoor park! A perfect family outing. Advance ticket purchase required.
Event Details: Please call Adoption STAR at 716-639-3900 or email the agency at info@adoptionstar.com to RSVP.

Wide Horizons for Children – Adoption Information Meeting
Date:
April 11, 2015
Time: 10:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Location: Manhattan, NY
Event Description: Wide Horizons For Children is actively seeking families for young children in China, Taiwan and the Philippines and newborn children in the U.S.! Join us to learn about these exciting opportunities. Our experienced Adoption Educators will help you understand more about the adoption process, choosing an agency, eligibility, traveling for your adoption, and the children who need you. This meeting provides an excellent base of information, and we are available to schedule free individual consults with all families who attend this initial meeting. Email: contact@whfc.org
Event Details: https://www.whfc.org/events/registration/adoption?event=198

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services – Bagels & Blox
Date:
April 12, 2015
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Spence-Chapin Services 410 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128
Event Description: Join us for Bagels & Blox. We’ll provide food, child care, and fun – all you have to do is enjoy breakfast and connect with other parents while your kids play! Our early childhood experts will be here to answer questions and offer guidance for eating, sleeping, and behavioral concerns. Bagels and Blox is sponsored by Farrah and Aaron Zabar. All of our events are open to the public. Adoptive parents and kids ages 5 and below are welcome to attend. For questions, contact us at 646-539-2167 or at info@modernfamilycenter.org.
Event Details: http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=800

Adoption STAR – Adoption 101
Date:
April 14, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Sams, Fischer, Packard & Schuessler 8738 Union Centre Blvd, West Chester, OH 45069
Event Description: A local adoption attorney, Lauren McClain will provide a comprehensive look at domestic and international adoption for prospective adoptive parents.
Event Details: Please call Adoption STAR at 513-631-3900 or email the agency at info@adoptionstar.com to register.

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services – Modern Family Forum: Continuing the Conversation on Openness
Date:
April 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Spence-Chapin Services 410 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128
Event Description: Join us for dinner and our new parenting series, where you and other parents will learn, talk together, and hear from our family experts and guest speakers. Together, we will explore the challenges of raising children today while developing insight and confidence into your parenting. Each month we’ll discuss a new theme connected to parenting in today’s modern world of work, family life, the internet, racial and gender identity, relationships, communication, and more! This month we’re continuing the conversation on Open Adoption and how to make the most of it! Newcomers and past attendees are welcome. Once again we’ll be joined by special guest speakers from the Donaldson Institute to address the questions and unknowns that families often worry about. You’ll walk away with practical tools and resources that will allow any family to enter into this sometimes complex relationship with clarity, confidence, and poise. What do we mean by family registration? Well that depends on what you mean by family! Spouses, partners, parents, caretakers, friends, and siblings are all welcome. Fee covers 2 adults. $40/family
Event Details: http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=814

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services – Family Fun Day! Honoring Your Adoption Connections
Date: April 19, 2015
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Spence-Chapin Services 410 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128
Event Description: We are thrilled to be partnering with Friends in Adoption to bring you an exciting and fun-filled day for the whole family. We’ll be celebrating adoptive families through art, conversation, food, and hula hooping! In separate, concurrent groups led by social workers, parents and their kids will do an arts and crafts activity designed to encourage conversation about adoption and what it means to be a family. Following the group discussions we’ll come together for lunch and a hooping activity that allows you and your child to expand your definition of family. You’ll have the opportunity to make connections with other adoptive families, all while having fun! Adoptive parents and their children ages 6 – 11. Child care for kids 5 and under is included.
Event Details: Cost: $100/family – http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=815

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services – Family Fun Day! Honoring Your Adoption Connections
Date: April 19, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Spence-Chapin Services 410 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128
Event Description: Being a member of the adoption constellation – adoptee, birth parent, or adoptive parent – can sometimes be hard to wrap your heart and head around. Putting words to complex and amorphous thoughts and feelings can be challenging. In this small, integrated group, we’ll explore our internal experiences around adoption through short writing exercises followed by discussion and optional sharing (submitting your writing and reading aloud are not required). You will have an opportunity to explore these issues with other members of the constellation, and learn from one another’s varied experiences, perspectives, and wisdom. All adult members of the adoption constellation, with any (or no) writing experience, are warmly welcome. Just bring a creative spirit, a desire for reflection and discovery, and a respect for the spectrum of experience. This group will be facilitated by Sarah Saffian, LMSW, MFA. adoptee, author of Ithaka and memoir teacher at Sarah Lawrence and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
Event Details: Early Registration (through April 5th): $56/person, $93/2 family members, and $123/3+ family members . Regular Registration (April 6th and after): $75/person, $125/2 family members, $165/3+ family members. Details (how to attend): http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=804.

Forever Families Through Adoption – Adoption: Everything You Need to Know FREE Information Session
Date:
April 20, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library, One Haseco Ave Port Chester, NY 10573
Event Description: This free event is open to anyone interested in or involved with the adoption process, including professionals, community members, expectant parents, adoptive or potential adoptive parents, and adoptees. Come learn about the domestic and international adoption process and meet the staff of FFTA. FFTA is authorized in CT and NY.
Event Details: Open to the public

Adoption STAR – Adoption STAR Free Orientation Session — Building Families Through Adoption
Date:
April 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: 131 John Muir Drive, Amherst, NY 14228
Event Description: Introduces the Adoption STAR agency and the agency’s policies and procedures. The many services and programs of the agency are explored. Adoption STAR’s Founder and CEO Michele Fried and Client Relationship Manager & Adult Adoptee Support Group Leader Zack Fried will be the facilitators. A family who has adopted through the agency will be present to share their adoption story.
Event Details: Please call Adoption STAR at 513-631-3900 or email the agency at info@adoptionstar.com to register.

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services – LEVEL ONE Theraplay & MIM TRAINING
Date:
April 22, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Spence-Chapin Services 410 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128
Event Description: Looking for continuing education or to expand your clinical skills?  Join us for this exciting and dynamic professional training opportunity!  Details are below:
April 23-26, 2015
Trainer:  Dafna Lender, LCSW
What is Theraplay? Theraplay is a short-term, therapist-guided dyadic psychotherapy that focuses on parent-child relationships. It:

  • Enhances attachment, self-esteem, and trust in others through joyful engagement
  • Is based on the natural patterns of interaction between parent and child
  • Focuses on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships:  structure, engagement, nurture and challenge
  • Creates an active and empathic connection between child and parents
  • Results in changed view of the self as worthy and loveable, and of relationships as positive

Join the thousands of mental health professionals who have added Theraplay to their skill set! For more information visit The Theraplay Institute.
Event Details: http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=805 Cost: $775 for non-members • $750 for Theraplay Association members – $650 Bring a Friend (first person pays in full); $25 Early-Registration Discount (30 days prior)

Adoption STAR - Orientation Session — Building Families Through Adoption
Date: April 23, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Jewish Community Center 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY
Event Description: Introduces the Adoption STAR agency and the agency’s policies and procedures. The many services and programs of the agency are explored. Adoption STAR’s International Adoption Coordinator Megan Montgomery and Adoptive Parent Social Worker and Family Advocate Shannon Boeheim will be the facilitators. A family who has adopted through the agency will be present to share their adoption story.
Event Details: Please call Adoption STAR at 716-639-3900 or email the agency at info@adoptionstar.com to RSVP.

Adoption STAR - Waiting Families Meeting
Date:
April 28, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Jewish Community Center 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY
Event Description: This group provides an opportunity for prospective adoptive families to receive support from one another during their wait to adopt. Families who have successfully adopted after “being in your shoes” will be invited to share their journey in adoption and to offer tips for surviving the wait. No fee.
Event Details: Please call (716) 639-3900 to RSVP or email info@adoptionstar.com.

Homestudies & Adoption Placement Services (HAPS) - Domestic Adoption Information Meeting
Date:  April 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: 668 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Event Description: HAPS is pleased to offer a free information meeting about Domestic Adoption at our Teaneck, NJ office.  A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Event Details: Please email jdudziak@haps.org to register.

West

Holt International – Adoption Information Meeting
Date:  April 7, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Portland, Oregon
Event Description: Holt International invites you to attend an adoption information meeting to learn more about your options for international adoption. An experienced, local Holt social worker will sit down with you to outline eligibility requirements for various countries, give you an overview of the processing steps, and explain how your state branch office will be there with you along the way. Please RSVP for further details on the location.
Event Details: http://www.holtinternational.org/adoption/adoption-meeting.php

Holt International – Adoption Information Meeting
Date:  April 11, 2015
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: San Diego/Orange County, California
Event Description: Holt International invites you to attend an adoption information meeting to learn more about your options for international adoption. An experienced, local Holt social worker will sit down with you to outline eligibility requirements for various countries, give you an overview of the processing steps, and explain how your state branch office will be there with you along the way. Please RSVP for further details on the location.
Event Details: http://www.holtinternational.org/adoption/adoption-meeting.php

Holt International – Adoption Information Meeting
Date:  April 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Event Description: Holt International invites you to attend an adoption information meeting to learn more about your options for international adoption. An experienced, local Holt social worker will sit down with you to outline eligibility requirements for various countries, give you an overview of the processing steps, and explain how your state branch office will be there with you along the way. Please RSVP for further details on the location.
Event Details: http://www.holtinternational.org/adoption/adoption-meeting.php 

Nationwide

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services – International Adoption & The Universal Accreditation Act Webinar
Date:
April 1, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Event Description: Are you adopting internationally? April’s webinar will explore the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) and how it may impact your adoption process. This webinar is for families considering applying or already at any stage of an international adoption process, in any country.  We will pay particular attention to the UAA’s impact on international kinship adoptions. The meeting will include ample opportunity to have your questions answered, so bring your questions!
Event Details: To register – http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=812

HOLT International – Empowered to Connect Simulcast
Date:
April 10 and 11
Time:
9:00 am – 5:00 pm (PST and CST), 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (EST)
Locations:
Eugene, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Fresno, California
Santa Clarita, California
Sioux Center, Iowa
Omaha, Nebraska
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Springfield, Missouri
Rogers, Arkansas
Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
Zarephath, New Jersey
Event Description:
Holt International and orphan care organization, Show Hope, is hosting the Empowered to Connect conference, featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis, the director of TCU’s Institute of Child Development. Dr. Purvis’s widely-renowned parenting model is designed to help parents connect with children who have experienced grief and trauma. The conference will be held all day on both Friday and Saturday, April 10-11. Show Hope is simulcasting the event from San Antonio in almost 300 locations nationwide. We strongly encourage all adoptive families to attend a simulcast!
Event Details:
http://holtinternational.org/eblast/2015/Empowered-to-Connect.html?source=homepage

Holt International – Discover China Adoption: Where do I start? Webinar
Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm PST
Event Description: Please join us to learn more about adopting from China. Our China Program Director of Service , Beth Smith will be presenting an overview of the adoption process along with some exciting eligibility changes. You’ll also hear from a family who recently completed the adoption process. Have your questions ready!
Event Details: https://holtinternational.webex.com/mw0401lsp12/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=holtinternational&service=6

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Domestic Waiting Children Information Meeting Webinar
Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT
Event Description: Join a free, online information meeting to learn about adopting from Minnesota foster care. (Minnesota residents only.)
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/intro-minnesota-waiting-children

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services – Adoption Webinar
Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm ET
Event Description: Considering adopting? Want to learn about adoption programs at Spence-Chapin? Join Spence-Chapin staff to learn about the current landscape of international and domestic adoption and the needs of the children waiting for adoptive families. We’ll discuss the scope of all Spence-Chapin adoption programs including international adoption (Bulgaria, Colombia, and South Africa) and domestic adoption (special needs adoption) as well as Spence-Chapin’s adoption services (Adoption Partnership). Bring your questions! The meeting will include ample opportunity to have your questions answered.
Event Details: http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=786

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Adoption Information Meeting for Families in Maryland, Virginia and DC Webinar
Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET
Event Description: Join a free, online information meeting to learn about adoption options in your area!
Event Details: http://www.chsfs.org/maryland-and-virginia-meetings 

Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of MN – Online Education – Adopting a Child Living with HIV Webinar
Date: April 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT
Event Description: This webinar will cover what you need to know about adoption and HIV, including: preparation, treatment, and disclosure. It is presented by Catherine Patterson, MA, MPH; Mary Clark, an adoptive parent; and Abigail Anderson, Children’s Home & LSS Intern.
Event Details: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/305551347903469826

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services – Expert Q&A Webinar: The Adoption Home Study – What to Expect and How to Prepare doption Webinar
Date: April 22, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Event Description: Description: The home study is a universal step in the adoption process, whether you plan to adopt domestically, internationally, or from foster care—but what exactly does the process involve? Stella Gilgur-Cook, LCSW, director of the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin will provide an overview of the home study process and answer your questions, including: What is a home study? How long does the process take? What kinds of questions will the social worker ask? Will someone really come inspect our home? Do we need to clean out that basement storage space and dust the lampshades? Click here for additional information.
Event Details: http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=817

Holt International – Holt Adoption 101 Webinar
Date: April 22, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm PST
Event Description: In this Webinar, you will learn about Holt’s unique approach to intercountry adoption, Country Program options, processing timeframes, eligibility guidelines, travel, costs, and more! Holt’s adoption counselor will receive and answer your questions throughout this live, interactive presentation.
Event Details: https://holtinternational.webex.com/mw0401lsp12/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=holtinternational&service=6

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