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ALASKA
Anchorage Adopt Talk
Held last Thur./mo., 6:30-8:30 P.M., The Alaska Center for Resource Families. Adopt Talk is a monthly training, discussion & dessert night for parents.
Brenda Ursel 907 279-1820 or bursel@nwresource.org
ANCHORAGE
ARIZONA
Arizona Transracial Adoptive Families
For adoptive & foster families raising Black/African American & biracial children (parents may be of any race.) Meets several times/year on the weekends.
groups.yahoo.com/group/Arizona_Transracial_Adoptive_Families Kiara andykiara@cox.net
PHOENIX AREA
Arizona Adoptive Families
Meets sporadically for playgroups, family events, & Mom's night out.
groups.yahoo.com/group/Arizona_Adoptive_Families/ Robyn Ratcliff 602-971-2869 or robynratcliff@yahoo.com
PHOENIX METRO AREA
CALIFORNIA
FCC Central Contra Costa Playgroup
2nd Sat./mo., 10 A.M.-1 P.M., Hap Magee Park. For families with kids 1-10. Contact Elaine to confirm playgroup. Spons. by FCC Northern California.
www.fccncalif.org Elaine Hannah ehan5@sbcglobal.net
ALAMO/DANVILLE
Adoption Support Group
Meets 1st Mon./mo., 6:30-8:30 P.M. Ridgeview Community Church, 8420 Stine Rd. Child/Teen Support Groups Infant & Toddler Care Sponsored by Koinonia Family Services
Evelyn Eterno 661-833-4483 or eeterno@kfh.org
BAKERSFIELD
FCC East Bay Play Group
1st Sun./mo., 10 A.M.-12 P.M., Memorial Park, 1331 Portland Ave. Spons. by FCC Northern CA.
www.fccncalif.org Alison Seevak aseevak@earthlink.net
BERKELEY
FCC South Bay Playgroup
2nd Sun./mo., 11 A.M.-1 P.M., Portal Park, 10299 N. Portal Ave. Spons. by FCC N. CAL
www.fccncalif.org Dianne Maxon dm_maxon @hotmail. com
CUPERTINO
Northern CA Bay Regional Adoptive Family Group Meeting
1st Sun./mo., 2-4 P.M. Families with adopted children of color meet at a park or venue at various locations for informal gatherings. All ages welcome. Spons. by Pact.
info@pactadopt.org
EAST BAY
"Facing Trauma with Truth" Conference
Nov. 7, 8 A.M.-6:30 P.M. PST, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, It is the goal of this event to educate, enlighten, empower, motivate, and illuminate all aspects of Adoption and Foster Care roots. Throughout this day we will discuss and provoke ideas that, hopefully, will eliminate the mystery of pain, shame, and trauma within the foster care and adoption constellation.
www.eventbrite.com/e/facing-trauma-with-truth-conference-tickets-10640705637 Jeanette Yoffe 877-858-6917 or theceliacenter@gmail.com
LOS ANGELES
Adoption Salon Pasadena Support Group
Meets 31st Thurs./mo., 7-9 P.M., Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Ave. Pre/Post Foster Care & Adoption Support No need to RSVP; just drop in. Spons. by Celia Center.
www.celiacenter.org/adoptsalon/ Lesli Johnson info@celiacenter.org
LOS ANGELES
The Adopt Salon Support Group
1st Wed./mo., 7-9 P.M., 7-9 P.M., The Shuken Auditorium, Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Ave. Facilitated by adoptions psychotherapist, & adult adoptee Jeanette Yoffe, MFT. Free to members of the Adoption Triad, adults only no kids. Please bring pot luck to share. Spons. by Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services.
Jill Boyer 310-836-1223 ext. 288 or JBoyer@VistaDelMar.org
LOS ANGELES
Adoption Triad Members Support Groups Monthly Meetings
PACER offers 2 types of Peer-led support groups: Triad Groups for all members of the adoption triad/constellation & Single-Focus Groups are for either adopted individuals or first/birth mothers We offer support groups in the Bay & Sacramento areas. PACER-adoption is a non-profit organization that has been providing education, support, & research to all triad members for 35 years.
www.pacer-adoption.org/groups/ contact_person@pacer-adoption.org
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION
Adoption Support Group
4th Tue/mo., East Bay. RSVP.
Lisa Sweet RN 925 408-7699 or sweetbeginningsadoptions@yahoo.com
PLEASANT HILL
FCC San Francisco Play Group
2nd Sun./mo., 10 A.M.-1 P.M. For toddlers, pre-schoolers(younger & older siblings welcome). Spons. by FCC Northern California.
www.fccncalif.org Elizabeth Huey elizabeth_huey@yahoo.com
SAN FRANCISCO
COLORADO
The FFTA 29th Annual Conference
Aug. 2-5, Marriot Denver Tech Center. Join more than 600 foster care professionals and foster parents for the 29th Annual Conference on Treatment and Foster Care. Spons. by The Foster Family-based Treatment Association.
ffta.org Stacey Horowitz 800-414-3382 x 121 or shorowitz@ffta.edu
DENVER
INDIANA
Living as a Transracial Adoptive Family
Oct. 25, 2-4 P.M. Network with & discuss living as a transracial adoptive family with others sharing this journey. Gain & offer support & exchange ideas. This is also a forum for parents to expand knowledge and share concerns. $25 pp & $35 per couple. Spons. by Adoptions of Indiana.
www.adoptionsofindiana.org 317-574-8950 or info@adoptionsofindiana.org
INDIANAPOLIS/CARMEL
Post Adoption Support Group
Meets 2nd Mon./mo, 6-8.30 P.M., Munster Public Library. Connect with other adoptive parents in a safe, therapeutic environment to build community & gain support. All adoptive parents, past & present, are welcome. Spons. by SAFY.
www.safy.org Lydia Robertson 219- 299-6097 or robertsonl@safy.org
MUNSTER
SAFY Support Group
Meets 2nd Mon./mo, City Chapel, 401 S. Main St.
www.safy.org Sarah 574-276-7333 or nimmos@safy.org
SOUTH BEND
Post Adoption Support Group
Meets 2nd mon./mo, 11 A.M.-12 P.M., Valparaiso Public Library. Connect with other adoptive parents in a safe, therapeutic environment to build community & gain support. All adoptive parents, past & present, are welcome. Spons. by SAFY.
Lydia Robertson 219-299-6097 or robertsonl@safy.org
VALPARAISO
MARYLAND
Free Birth Mother Support Group
Meets 2nd Thurs.mo.,7 P.M., 7979 Old Georgetown Rd, 1st Fl. Open to women who have placed a child at any point in their lives. Spons. by The Barker Foundation.
Varda Makovsky 301-664-9664 or vmakovsky@barkerfoundation.org
BETHESDA
Adopted Adults Discussion Group
Meets 3rd Thurs./mo., 7 P.M., 7979 Old Georgetown Rd. 1st Fl. Join other adopted adults in an informal discussion group facilitated by Susan Branco Alvarado. Spons. by The Barker Foundation.
Varda Makovsky 301-664-9664 or vmakovsky@barkerfoundation.org.
BETHESDA
Parents of Adopted Teenagers Discussion Group
Meets 2nd Tues./mon., 7 P.M., 7979 Old Georgetown Rd. 1st Fl. Facilitated by Barbara Donesky, LCSW-C. Spons. by The Barker Foundation.
Varda Makovsky 301-664-9664 or vmakovsky@barkerfoundation.org
BETHESDA
MICHIGAN
Post Adoption Resource Centers
Post Adoption Resource Centers support families who have adopted through the Michigan foster care system. Services include monthly support groups, activies, training opportunities, crisis intervention, in-home meetings, case management, advocacy. Any family with a child age 21 or younger may participate regardless of the agency they used for their adoption. Spons. by Bethany Christian Services.
www.postadoptionrc.org Erin Matesich 231-995-0870 or bcstraversecity@bethany.org
TRAVERSE CITY
MINNESOTA
Therapeutic Adoption Support Group
Held 3rd Tues./mo., 7-9 P.M., HOPE's office, 5850 Omaha Ave N. Hosted by Claude Riedel of the Adoptive Family Counseling Center. How should you talk to your child about their birth parents? What about lying & stealing? Cost $10. Registration required.
www.hopeadoptionservices.org Julie Kink 651-439-2446 or hope@hopeadoptionservices.org
OAK PARK HEIGHTS
NEW JERSEY
Monmouth/ Ocean County Adoption Family Support Group
Meets 3rd Fri./mo., 7:30 P.M., Spiritual Center, St. Marys Church. Open discussions.
Liz 732-473-9113 or lgrudus@comcast.net
COLTS NECK
Montclair Teen Group
Meets 1st Mon./mo, 6-7:30 P.M. Please contact Bridget for a screening interview for this group.
www.iaccenter.com Bridget Devine 973-534-6680 or bdevinemsw@gmail.com
MONTCLAIR
Afternoon Parents Support Group Meeting
Meets 3rd Tues./mo., 12:30-2 P.M. Spons. by IAC Center.
www.iaccenter.com Joni Mantell 609-737-8750 or jmantellmsw@iaccenter.com
MONTCLAIR
How to Talk to a Child About Adoption Workshop
Oct. 8, 6:30-8:30 P.M., IAC Center, 2 Tree Farm Road. In this workshop you will learn how to create a safe family atmosphere in which adoption can be openly discussed, what children think about adoption at different ages, and how to answer those tough adoption questions.
Joni Mantell, LCSW 609-737-8750 or info@iaccenter.com
PENNINGTON
New Peer Support Group for Adult Adoptees
Meets 3rd/Thur/mo. Starting on Sept. 18. New Peer Support Group for Adult Adoptees. The Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center announces an innovative and one-of-a-kind peer support group for adult adoptees to explore conflicts, challenges and identity issues; and learn effective communication and proactive coping skills. The group, which will be facilitated and led by an adult adoptee and professional therapist.
Joni Mantell 6097378750 or info@iaccenter.com
PENNINGTON
Kids Adoption Group
Meets 4th Sun./mo, 1:15-2:15 P.M. Kids Adoption Group ages 7-9.
www.iaccenter.com Joni Mantell 6097378750 or emorgan@iaccenter.com
PENNINGTON
Teen Adoption Group
Meets 4th Sun./mo, 2:30-3:45 P.M.
www.iaccenter.com Joni Mantell 6097378750 or emorgan@iaccenter.com
PENNINGTON
Adoption Support Group for Tween Girls
Meets 3rd Sun./mo.,1-2:15 P.M.
Bridget Devine, MSW 973-534-6680 or bdevinemsw@gmail.com
PENNINGTON
33rd Annual "Let's Talk Adoption" Conference
Oct. 25, 8:30 A.M.-4 P.M., Rutgers University, Busch Campus Center. This day-long conference includes 36 workshops covering all aspects of pre- and post-adoptive issues. Spons. by Concerned Persons for Adoption (CPFA).
www.cpfanj.org 908-273-5694 or paben48@gmail.com
PISCATAWAY
NEW MEXICO
Support Group/ Coffee & Chat
Meets 1st Sun./mo., 2-4 P.M., LaFamilia, 707 Bdwy NE. Snacks & childcare provided for the first 30 kids who RSVP. Spons. by NM Fiesta Project.
Donna Payne 877-696-2502 or donna.payne@la-familia-inc.org.
ALBUQUERQUE
NEW YORK
34th Annual Adoption APC Conference
Nov. 23, 8 A.M.-5 P.M., St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St. Serves to promote a better awareness and understanding of adoption and provide members with accurate information concerning adoption and parenting issues. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend numerous workshops, seminars, lectures and panel discussions. Led by professionals and experts in the adoption field including attorneys, social workers, physicians, adoptive parents, agency representatives, adoptees and educators, the workshops provide up-to-date information as well as a forum for discussions. For those who are considering adoption as a way to build their family, those who have already adopted and for those professionals and advocates who are involved in the adoption and foster care fields.
http://www.adoptiveparents.org/2014-adoption-conference/ 212-304-8479 or Info@AdoptiveParents.org
BROOKLYN
Finding the Right Fit: Helping Your Child Succeed in School
October 8, 6:30-8 P.M. During this interactive, discussion-based workshop, we will help you develop a plan, identify resources for assistance, and manage the emotional aspects of raising a child with learning needs. Spons. by Modern Family Center at Spense-Chapin.
646-539-2167 or info@modernfamilycenter.org
MANHATTAN
Adoptive Parent Support Group
Meets 2nd Mon./mo, 6:30-7:30 P.M. In this unique group we create a supportive environment to air true feelings about being an adoptive parent & brainstorm strategies for enhancing family stability & happiness. Fee applies. Spons. by Barbara Freedgood, LCSW.
www.barbarafreedgood.com Barbara Freedgood 212-645-7047 or Barbara@BarbaraFreedgood.com
MANHATTAN
Therapeutic Writing for Adoptive Parents and Parents-to-Be
Oct. 5, Nov. 9 & Dec. 7, 2- 4 P.M., 333 W. 57th St, 1st Fl, Ste 103. Parenthood — whether we’re anticipating and planning, or already in the thick of it —can sometimes be hard to wrap our heads and hearts around. Putting words to complex and amorphous thoughts and feelings can be challenging. In this group, we’ll explore our internal experiences around adoptive parenthood through short writing exercises — such as a letter to your child’s birth parent, or an imagining of how your life will be with a child — complemented by discussion and optional sharing. Spons. by IAC Center.
Emily Morgan 609-737-8750 or emorgan@iaccenter.com
NEW YORK
Raising Children in a Transracial Family
Oct. 15, 6:30-8 P.M., The Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin, 410 E. 92nd St. This workshop offers interactive activities, discussion, and guidance on building healthy transracial families. Parents of children 0-5 years are welcome.
www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=705 646-539-2167 or info@modernfamilycenter.org
NEW YORK
OHIO
Support and Discussion Groups
Meets 2nd Wed./mo., 7-9 P.M., Akron General Health & Wellness Ctr, 4125 Medina Rd. For adult adoptee, adoptive parent, birthparent, prospective adoptive parent & all who are interested in lifelong adopted issues. Regular attendees are encouraged to become members. No RSVP needed. Spons. by Adoption Network Cleveland.
www.adoptionnetwork.org Linda Schellentrager 216-325-1000 or linda.schellentrager@adoptionnetwork.org
AKRON
Support and Discussion Groups
Meets 3rd Thur./mo., 7-9 P.M., Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Rd. For adult adoptee, adoptive parent, birthparent, prospective adoptive parent & all who are interested in lifelong adopted issues. Regular attendees are encouraged to become members. No RSVP needed. Spons. by Adoption Network Cleveland.
www.adoptionnetwork.org Linda Schellentrager 216-325-1000 or linda.schellentrager@adoptionnetwork.org
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS
Support and Discussion Groups
Meets last Tues./mo., 7-9 P.M., Deepwood North Apartments Rental office, 8100 Deepwood Blvd. For adult adoptee, adoptive parent, birthparent, prospective adoptive parent & all who are interested in lifelong adopted issues. Regular attendees are encouraged to become members. No RSVP needed. Spons. by Adoption Network Cleveland.
www.adoptionnetwork.org Linda Schellentrager 216-325-1000 or linda.schellentrager@adoptionnetwork.org
MENTOR
Support and Discussion Groups
Meets 1st Thur./mo., 7-9 P.M., West Shore Unitarian Church, 20401 Hilliard Dr. For adult adoptee, adoptive parent, birthparent, prospective adoptive parent & all who are interested in lifelong adopted issues. Regular attendees are encouraged to become members. No RSVP needed. Spons. by Adoption Network Cleveland.
www.adoptionnetwork.org Linda Schellentrager 216-325-1000 or linda.schellentrager@adoptionnetwork.org
ROCKY RIVER
TEXAS
Barefoot Run Benefitting Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls
Oct. 4, 8 A.M., Bachman Lake. Join us for the Barefoot Run benefitting Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls, a global faith-based ministry dedicated to caring for vulnerable children and orphans worldwide.
www.barefootrun.com/ Jenny Pope 214.758.8068 or jpope@buckner.org
DALLAS
Fostering Families Support Group
Meets 2nd Mon./mo, Christ Haven, 4200 Keller Haslet Rd. We will have share, prayer & care as well as special speakers addressing the foster/adopt issues families face. Whether you are just beginning your journey, or are a seasoned pro, please join us. We would love to have you. Spons. by Chosen Ones Ministry.
www.mychosenones.org Vickie Akins 817-683-9362 or clotheshark01@yahoo.com
FORT WORTH
WASHINGTON
AFFGS
AFFGS mentoring, fun support activities & education meetings.
www.affgs.org members@affgs.org
SEATTLE
NATIONWIDE
Webinar Free Adoption Information
Oct. 7, Nov. 5 & 6:30-7:30 P.M. Join Spence-Chapin staff to learn about the scope of all Spence-Chapin adoption programs including international adoption (Bulgaria, Colombia, and South Africa) and domestic adoption (adoption from foster care and special needs adoption).
www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=697 212-400-8150 or info@spence-chapin.org
ONLINE
GERMANY
Kaiserslautern Military Community Adoption Support Group
Meets 3rd Tues./mo., 7 P.M. Health & Wellness Center (Bldg 3722) on Landstuhl Post. Members share pre & post adoption information.
www.usadopteurope.com Jeanie Veith 06371-47-6148 or usadopteurope@gmail.com
LANDSTUHL


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