JOINT COUNCIL EVENTS

Make Change for Children 2014

Last year, you made a true difference in the lives of our world’s most vulnerable children, those living without the love and protection of a forever family. You held lemonade stand fundraisers. You ran through the streets of your home town – raising your voice, awareness and funds with every step. On Halloween you went trick-or-treating for change. Due to those efforts, thousands more heard the plight of orphans and we raised over $120,000, with 100% of the proceeds going to the programs and services which end the suffering of children without families. This year, our goal is to reach thousands more and raise $160,000 and once again we need your help.

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 more info about education seminars and webinars.

PARTNER EVENTS

West

Adoption Information Meeting – Dillon International
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Central Church of Christ in Little Rock, Arizona
Event Description: Meeting for families interested in learning more about intercountry adoption.
Event Details: Interested people are encouraged to email crystal@dillonadopt.com or call 501-416-0929 for details or to RSVP.

Midwest

Adoption Information Meeting – Dillon International
Date: October 7th
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. Louis, MO office
Event Description: Dillon International hosts a free meeting for families interested in learning more about intercountry adoption.
Event Details: Interested people are encouraged to call 314-576-4100 for details or to RSVP.

Adoptions of Indiana – Domestic Adoption Orientation
Date: October 13th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Carmel, Indiana
Event Description: Free monthly seminar to introduction to our domestic adoption program. Come join us and learn about domestic adoption and have your questions answered.
Event Details: RSVP to Amy at 317-574-8950

Jazz Concert to Benefit Dillon International
Date: October 14th
Event Details: Click here for details.

Adoptions of Indiana - The Birthparent’s Perspective
Date: October 17th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Carmel, Indiana
Event Description: Learn how to navigate the relationships between adoptive parents and birth parents by gaining a direct understanding from birthparents themselves about their needs and reasons for making adoption plans.
Event Details: For more information, please email info@adoptionsofindiana.org or call 317-574-8950

Adoptions of Indiana - Living as a Transracial Adoptive Family
Date: October 25th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Carmel, Indiana
Event Description: Network with and discuss living as a transracial adoptive family with others sharing this journey. Gain and offer support and exchange ideas. This is also a forum for parents to expand knowledge and share concerns.
Event Details: For more information, please email info@adoptionsofindiana.org or call 317-574-8950

The Theraplay Institute - Attachment-Based Therapeutic Parenting for Your Adopted/Foster Child
Date: October 25th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, Illinois
Event Description: The Theraplay Institute has been helping parents build better relationships with their children for over 40 years. We understand that adopted and foster children often need a different kind of parenting, and that these parenting skills may not come naturally to even the best parent. Our experts understand neurological and developmental issues that might be challenging your child, and they will give you specific ideas and techniques to help you bring joy, fun and laughter back home to your family. They will share with you what you need to know about attachment and trauma, and how parenting the Theraplay way will address you child’s challenges. You will see activities being used with other families, and you will practice them to give you confidence to try them at home. This program is also appropriate for pre-adoptive parents as well as for extended family members such as grandparents, and aunts and uncles.
Event Details: Click here for more information

Northeast

Adoptive Parent and Children’s Group - Forest Hills, Queens
Date: October 5th
Time: 3:00 p.m – 4:30 p.m.
Location: JCCA Bukharian Teen Lounge, 64-05 Yellowstone Blvd, Suite CFU-105
Event Description: Whether you just arrived home or adopted years ago, this group will offer you an opportunity to discuss common childhood and parenting issues, as well as concerns specific to adoption. Separate groups for parents and children. Inquire about our Middle and High School programs. Run by Helayne Malamood, LCSW, social work interns and teen mentors.
Event Details: Register here

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children – Bagels and Blox
Date: October 5th
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: New York, NY
Event Description: 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. Parents and kids ages 5 and below are welcome to attend.
Event Details: Contact info@modernfamilycenter.org to register

Homestudies & Adoption Placement Services (HAPS) – International Adoption Information Meeting
Date: October 7th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: HAPS Teaneck, NJ office
Event Description: HAPS is pleased to offer a free information meeting about International Adoption. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Event Details: Please email jdudziak@haps.org to register

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children – Finding the Right Fit: Helping Your Child Succeed in School
Date: October 8th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Event Description: Join us for a collaborative workshop with the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin and Saldana Haas LLP. During this interactive, discussion-based workshop, we’ll help you develop a plan, identify resources for assistance, outline the school’s responsibility, and manage the emotional aspects of raising a child with learning needs.
Event Details: Contact info@modernfamilycenter.org to register

Forever Families Through Adoption – “An Evening at Crawford Park Mansion”
Date: October 9th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Crawford Park Mansion, Rye Brook, NY
Event Description: Forever Families Through Adoption will host its 6th annual gourmet food tasting and silent auction event. Proceeds raised enable FFTA to continue their community outreach, education, and to provide new programming, such as art/socialization group for adoptees, with the continued goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of adoption issues. Throughout the night, guests can expect to eat, drink, mingle, and browse the many available auction items available for bid.
Event Details: For more information about FFTA or to purchase tickets, click here 

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children - Raising Children in a Transracial Family
Date: October 15th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: New York, NY
Event Description: While we celebrate diversity within families, we also must pay attention to how children build racial identity, explore their sense of belonging, and connect to their birth culture. This workshop offers interactive activities, discussion, and guidance on building healthy transracial families.
Event Details: Contact info@modernfamilycenter.org to register.

Adoptive Parents Committee – New York City Parent Support Group
Date: October 18th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:180 Remsen Street (Between Court St and Clinton St), Brooklyn, New York
Event Description: Join Adoptive Parents Committee for networking and waiting workshops, a special update on the November 23rd Annual Conference and two featured speakers. Hear from Deborah Steincolor, Esw, LCSW, about the process of pursuing an independent domestic adoption.Then Stella Gilur-Cook, LCSW, Director of the Modern Family Center at Spence Chapin, will discuss the post adoption services available for the entire adoptive family, throughout the lifetime of the family. She will review the types of post adoption services and levels of care available, depending on the child and family’s needs, age at placement, and pre-placement experiences.  From play groups to support groups, there is always a way to stay connected to the adoption community. This interactive workshop will support all families, at any stage of adoption, to make a long term plan for their family’s post adoption needs and identify services that can grow up with your family!
Event Details: For more information, click here or call 212-304-8479.

Adoptive Parent and Children’s Group – Brooklyn
Date: October 19th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway
Event Desription: Whether you just arrived home or adopted years ago, this group will offer you an opportunity to discuss common childhood and parenting issues, as well as concerns specific to adoption. Separate groups for parents and children. Inquire about our Middle and High School programs. Run by Helayne Malamood, LCSW, social work interns and teen mentors.
Event Details: Register here

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children - Korean Connections Family Workshop
Date: October 19th
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: NY, New York
Event Description: At this workshop, you will hear from a panel of Korean adoptees who will provide insight on how they connect with their Korean heritage. Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky, adoptive parents and authors of the book 100 Thimbles in a  Box, will guide families in creating a traditional Korean handicraft.  Parents and Korean adopted children 5-11 years old are welcome.
Event Details: Contact info@modernfamilycenter.org to register.

How to Adopt Domestically and Internationally – Manhattan
Date: October 22nd
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Event Description: This interactive session is a great place to start if you are thinking about adoption or cannot decide between domestic and international adoption options. Learn the difference in working with an agency or attorney, what to expect during the homestudy, costs, time-frames, ages and background information available on children and the availability of education and support before, during and after adoption. Questions are encouraged. Led by staff of the Ametz Adoption Program of JCCA.
Event Details: Register here

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children -  Brooklyn Drop-In for LGBT Parents
Date: October 23rd
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Event Description: Are you looking for a therapist who understands that LGBT parenting is unique, but also knows that all families face similar challenges? Drop by for a free mini-session to meet our Clinical Director and learn how that Modern Family Center supports LGBT parents.
Event Details: To schedule your free 20 minute appointment, call 646-539-2167 or email info@modernfamilycenter.org

Pre-Adoption Support Group: The Survival Guide – Manhattan
Date: October 23rd
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Event Description: This monthly group is for anyone exploring adoption or who has begun the adoption process. Join other singles and couples to get answers to questions, share concerns and learn survival tips as you navigate unfamiliar territory. Group meets monthly and is led by Lorayne Losch, LCSW, social worker from the Ametz Adoption Program of the JCCA.
Event Details: Register here

Homestudies & Adoption Placement Services (HAPS) Domestic Adoption Information Meeting
Date: October 28th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: HAPS Teaneck, NJ office
Event Description: HAPS is pleased to offer a free information meeting about Domestic Adoption. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Event Details: Please email jdudziak@haps.org to register

Because Kids Don’t Come With Instructions: Post-Adoptive Family Group – Manhattan
Date: October 30th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (76th Street)
Event Description: These interactive programs for parents provide a central location to learn about adoption and parenting after a child joins your family. While you learn, laugh and share the daily joys and challenges of parenting, your children have a peer group of their own. Led by Lorayne Losch, LCSW.
Event Details: Call 212-558-9949 for information; Register here

Webinar

Adoption Information Webinar
Date: October 23rd
Time: 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Event Description: Learn more about Dillon International’s adoption programs at a free webinar.
Event Details: Register here

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