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ALASKA
Anchorage Let's Talk
Meets 1st Wed./mo., 6:30-8:30 P.M. A faith based training & support group for foster & adoptive families. Spons. by Alaska Center for Resource Families.
Tammy Keech 907 279-1803 or tkeech@nwresource.org
ANCHORAGE
Adopting Through OCS
Monthly classes. Learn everything you need to know about adopting through the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services. Topics will include; ICWA laws, subsidies, legal free vs legal risk adoption, home studies & family preparation. Spons. by Alaska Center for Resource Families.
Brenda Ursel 800-478-7307 or bursel@nwresource.org
ANCHORAGE, JUNEAU, FAIRBANKS, MAT-SU
ARIZONA
Foster Care, Adoption and Mentoring through AASK.
Meets 1st.Tues/mo., 6:30-8 P.M. The Mesa Fire Department, Number 217, 10434 East Baseline Rd.
www.aask-az.org 602.930.4900 or info@aask-az.org
MESA
Foster Care, Adoption and Mentoring through AASK.
2nd Tue./mo., 6:30-8 P.M. 15396 North 83rd Aven, Ste A-100.
www.aask-az.org 602.254.2275 or info@aask-az.org
PEORIA
Exploring Adoption - West & North Valley Support Group
3rd Wed./mo., 6:30 P.M., Claim Jumper, 3063 W. Agua Fria Freeway (101 Freeway, Deer Valley Ctr). Spons. by RESOLVE of Arizona.
Donnie Straus illbedmd@hotmail.com
PHOENIX
Exploring Adoption - East and South Valley, Phoenix Support Group
3rd Mon./mo., 6:30 P.M., California Pizza Kitchen (Tempe Marketplace), 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. Spons. by RESOLVE of Arizona.
Theresa MacKinnon taheese@cox.net
PHOENIX
Foster Care, Adoption and Mentoring through AASK.
4th/Sat./mo., 10-11:30 A.M. or 2nd/Thur./mo., 6:30-8 P.M. The Lodestar Family Connections Center, 2320 North 20th St.
www.aask-az.org 602-930-4900 or info@aask-az.org
PHOENIX
ARKANSAS
Adoption Information Meeting
Sept. 9, Oct. 14 & Dec. 9, 6-7:30 P.M. Dillon International’s office will host a free meeting for families interested in learning more about intercountry adoption.
www.dillonadopt.com Kimberly/Dillon International st 501-791-9300 or DillonAR@dillonadopt.com
NORTH LITTLE ROCK
CALIFORNIA
Adopt A Special Kid Informational Workshop
Groups are open to all families who have a child(ren) from the child welfare system. While you meet with other parents, your child(ren) will meet in separate social skills groups with experienced therapists and interns. They will make new connections and learn skills appropriate for their developmental level. Contact us for more information.
www.aask.org 510-553-1748 ext12 or info@aask.org
OAKLAND
Adoption Information Meeting
Sept. 6, Nov. 1 & Dec. 6, 2014 10:30 A.M.-12 P.M. Dillon International’s office will host a free meeting for families interested in learning more about intercountry adoption.
www.dillonadopt.com Kim/Dillon International staff 714-734-8600 or DillonCA@dillonadopt.com
SANTA ANA
CONNECTICUT
Ethnic Hair Care
Sept. 10, Marinello School of Beauty, 1000 Main St. This class will educate families on basic hair care techniques such as washing, brushing, and simple braids. Sample bags will be given including elastic hair ties, combs, and products. Spons. by AFTH.
www.afth.org/events Hilary Brown 860-657-2626 or HilaryB@afth.org
EAST HARFORD
Discover Domestic Adoption Meeting
Sept. 17 & Oct. 25. Learn about our domestic adoption process, adoption myths vs. facts, financial assistance and the benefits of open adoption.
www.afth.org/calendar-of-events/ Hilary Brown 860-657-2626 or HilaryB@afth.org
GLASTONBURY
DELAWARE
Discover Domestic Adoption
Sept. 17. Learn about our domestic adoption process, adoption myths vs. facts, financial assistance and the benefits of open adoption.
www.afth.org/calendar-of-events/ Jeanne McGee 302-658-8883 or JeanneM@afth.org
HOCKESSIN
Discover Domestic Adoption
Sept. 10 & Oct. 21. Learn about our domestic adoption process, adoption myths vs. facts, financial assistance and the benefits of open adoption.
www.afth.org/calendar-of-events/ Jeanne McGee 302-658-8883 or JeanneM@afth.org
MIDDLETOWN
Learn About Domestic Adoption
Oct. 14. Learn about our domestic adoption process, adoption myths vs. facts, financial assistance and the benefits of open adoption.
www.afth.org/events Danielle Goodman 302-658-8882 or DanielleG@afth.org
WILMINGTON
FLORIDA
A Family of My Own Fertility & Adoption Conference
Sept. 7, 9 A.M. - 3 P.M., Westin Lake Mary, 2974 International Parkway. This FREE event will offer you an opportunity to meet many speakers, specialists and professionals in the fertility and adoption field and ask questions one-on-one. More than 15 Educational Sessions to choose from throughout the day. Has an expanded schedule of the most up-to-date topics and must-know family building information.
www.afamilyofmyown.com/orlando/ Elizabeth Carellas 407-493-5717 or liz@afamilyofmyown.com
ORLANDO
ILLINOIS
The Adoption Process From A to Z
Sept. 20, 1-3 P.M., 9000 W. College Pkwy, Center for Contemporary Technology. Sally Wildman, a Chicago and Northbrook attorney with over fifteen years of experience in adoption practice, helps you explore the world of adoption. She presents fundamentals of an adoption and legal steps of this process with focus on preparing you to adopt. Ms. Wildman introduces you to the many types of adoption currently available, including agency, private, foreign, and foster parent adoptions. Discussion concludes by considering common needs of adopted children and openness in adoption.
www.morainevalley.edu/ccce Community education 708-974-5735 or okichichp@morainevalley.edu
PALOS HILLS
INDIANA
While We Wait dinners
Sept. 17 & Nov. 19. This group is open to all waiting prospective adoptive families. Gain support, education, information, & network with other families also experiencing the unique challenges of “the wait.” Cost of meal at a reasonably priced restaurant. Spons. by Adoptions of Indiana.
www.adoptionsofindiana.org Allison Montgomery 317-574-8950 or allison@adoptionsofindiana.org
INDIANAPOLIS/CARMEL
Journey as Adoptive Parents
Sept. 19. Learn how children understand adoptive issues as they develop & how to talk to them in a developmentally appropriate way. Small group breakout sessions focused on practical application will be included. Free for Adoptions of Indiana clients, $75 for non-clients.
www.adoptionsofindiana.org 317-574-8950 or info@adoptionsofindiana.org
INDIANAPOLIS/CARMEL
Interracial Families, Interwoven Cultures: Proactive Parenting in Transracial/Transcultural Families
Sept. 20, 9 A.M.– 4 P.M. Adoptive parents will examine their lifestyle & willingness to expand comfort zones regarding race & ethnicity. A hair & skin specialist will be available for a demonstration & consultation, as well as a young adult transracial adoptee panel. Free for Adoptions of Indiana clients, $75 for non-clients.
www.adoptionsofindiana.org 317- 574-8950 or info@adoptionsofindiana.org
INDIANAPOLIS/CARMEL
The Birthparent's Perspective
Oct. 17. Learn how to navigate the relationships between adoptive parents & birth parents by gaining a direct understanding from birthparents themselves about their needs & reasons for making adoption plans. Free for Adoptions of Indiana clients, $75 for non-clients.
www.adoptionsofindiana.org 317-574-8950 or info@adoptionsofindiana.org
INDIANAPOLIS/CARMEL
Domestic Infant Adoption Information Seminars
Meets 2nd Mon./mo., 6:30-8 P.M., Adoptions of Indiana, 1980 E. 116th St, Ste 325. Presenter; Amy Nicholas, BSW.
www.adoptionsofindiana.org Amy Nicholas 317-574-8950 or anicholas@ad-in.org
INDIANAPOLIS/CARMEL
LOUISIANA
Domestic Adoption Workshop
1st Mon./mo, 5:30-7 P.M. Everything you need to make an informed decision about how to adopt & what will work best for your family; topics include homestudies, the adoption process, requirements & more. Pre-registration required. Spons. by Beacon House Adoption Services.
www.beaconhouseadoption.com msmargie@beaconhouseadopt.com 225-753-5551
BATON ROUGE
MASSACHUSETTS
21st Annual Fertility Treatment, Donor Choices and Adoption Conference
Nov. 2, 8 A.M.-5 P.M., Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Rd. W. The largest consumer educational conference of its kind in the US. It’s day-long, multiple track sessions and workshops offer in-depth exploration of the medical, emotional, and legal aspects of infertility, donor options, adoption, and other family-building choices. The conference draws over 300 attendees each year.
http://www.resolvenewengland.org/conference/ 781-890-2250 or admin@resolvenewengland.org
MARLBOROUGH
MISSOURI
Adoption Information Meeting
Oct. 7 & Dec. 2, Dillon International. A free information meeting for families interested in learning more about intercountry adoption.
www.dillonadopt.com Margie/Dillon International 314-576-4100 or DillonMO@dillonadopt.com
ST. LOUIS
NEW JERSEY
Adoption Information Meeting
Meets 1st Tues./mo., 6:30-8 P.M. RSVP. Spons. by Adoption Options.
http://www.lsmnj.org/events/adoption 800-458-0651
BURLINGTON
Learn About Domestic Adoption
Sept. 17 & Oct. 21. Learn about our domestic adoption process, adoption myths vs. facts, financial assistance and the benefits of open adoption.
www.afth.org/calendar-of-events/ Kathryn Johnston 856-665-5655 or KathrynJ@afth.org
CHERRY HILL
Parents Through Domestic Adoption Support Group
Meets 3rd Sun./mo., 10-11:30 A.M. Spons. by IAC Center.
www.iaccenter.com Joni Mantell 609-737-8750 or jmantellmsw@iaccenter.com
PENNINGTON
Domestic Adoption Meetings
Meets 2nd Mon./mo., 25 Monroe Ave. Learn about domestic adoption. Please registers. Spons. by A Loving Choice Adoption Associates. register.
www.alovingchoice.org/nj-adoption-information-meetings Cathleen McNee 732-224-0924 or alovingchoice@comcast.net
SHREWSBURY
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
Adoption Information Meeting
Sept. 27, 10:30-11:30 A.M., Spence-Chapin Services, 1363 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Suite 40. 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.
www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=714 631-979-5863 or info@spence-chapin.org
HAUPPAUGE
How to Adopt Domestically and Internationally
2nd Wed./mo. 6-7:30 P.M. Free interactive session led by staff of Ametz Adoption Program of JCC. Learn the difference in working with an agency or attorney, what to expect during the homestudy, costs, time-frames, & support before, during, & after adoption. Please register.
www.jccany.org/ametz 646-505-5708
MANHATTAN
Parents through International Adoption Group
Meets 4th/Sun./mo., 10-11.30 A.M. Spons. by IAC Center.
www.iaccenter.com 609-737-8750 or jmantellmsw@iaccenter.com
MANHATTAN
Colombia Host-to-Adopt Info Meeting
Aug. 27. 6.30-8:30 P.M., Spence-Chapin Services, 410 E. 92nd St. Join our international adoption team and special guest Adriana Chavez, Head of Clinical Psychology Department at FANA, to learn about a unique host-to-adopt process, timing, cost and waiting children from Colombia.
www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=712 212-400-8150 or info@spence-chapin.org
NEW YORK
Kids Group Series
Sept. 13, 20, 27, & Oct. 4. 2-4 P.M. Spence-Chapin Services, 410 E. 92nd St.We provide a safe environment where parents and their kids, in separate, concurrent groups, will tackle themes surrounding adoption.
www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=711 646-539-2167 or info@modernfamilycenter.org
NEW YORK
Baby Care for Adoptive Parents
Sept 20, 10 A.M. -12:30 P.M., Gladney Center, 850 Seventh Ave. This workshop is for you if you are waiting to adopt and would like to learn about baby care. Workshop Facilitator Nicole Mayer RMA, RN, BSN, an IAC Center Educator, with extensive experience in infertility, OB/GYN, and newborn baby care; a specialty in educating the intended parents of gestational carrier arrangements and now pre-adoptive parents on the birth process, the hospital experience and newborn infant care.
www.iaccenter.com Joni Mantell 609-737-8750 or emorgan@iaccenter.com
NEW YORK
PENNSYLVANIA
Discover Domestic Adoption
Sept. 9. Learn about our domestic adoption process, adoption myths vs. facts, financial assistance and the benefits of open adoption.
www.afth.org/calendar-of-events/ Katie Houser 724-853-6533 or KatieH@afth.org
GREENSBURG
Discover Domestic Adoption
Sept. 16. Learn about our domestic adoption process, adoption myths vs. facts, financial assistance and the benefits of open adoption.
www.afth.org/calendar-of-events/ Amanda Klotz 717-399-7766 or AmandaK@afth.org
HARRISBURG
Caring for Infants and Older Babies: What New Adoptive Parents Need to Know
Oct. 27, Giant Community Center, Giant Super Food Store, 2300 Linglestown Rd. Learn the basics of infant care in a comfortable setting with other adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. This class includes newborn care, feeding, sleeping, adjustment to parenthood and so much more.
www.afth.org/events Amanda Klotz 717-399-7766 or AmandaK@afth.org
HARRISBURG
Discover Domestic Adoption
Sept. 5. Learn about our domestic adoption process, adoption myths vs. facts, financial assistance and the benefits of open adoption.
www.afth.org/calendar-of-events/ Amanda Klotz 717-399-7766 or AmandaK@afth.org
LANCASTER
Profile Key Selections: Drug Exposure in Newborns
Nov. 6. Please join agency staff and other prospective adoptive parents for an information session with our guest speaker Jean Young. Jean is a hospital NICU RN and is also an adoptive mother. It is very important that as you complete or update your profile key, you are educated about your choices so that you can make informed decisions.
www.afth.org/events Amanda Klotz 717-399-7766 or AmandaK@afth.org
LANCASTER
The Family Building Expo
Sept. 20, Four Seasons Hotel, 1 Logan Square. Learn about both adoption and assisted reproductive technology. The expo will gather a broad cross-section of the adoption community, including state and private adoption agencies, adoptive parents, support groups, adoption specialists in international and private adoptions, adoption attorneys, as well as specialists in assisted reproductive technology. Spons. by the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Free event.
Peter J. Wiernicki, Esq. 301-230-2446 or PJW@JRW-law.com
PHILADELPHIA
Understanding Potential Effects of Drug and Alcohol Exposure on a Pregnancy
Sept. 13, AFTH, 30-31 Hampstead Circle. Dr. Amy Renwick will provide families with some helpful information regarding drug and alcohol exposure during pregnancy. This information will assist waiting families in making educated decisions on the profile key as well as providing insight for those with children already placed.
www.afth.org/events Martha Coulbourne 610-642-7200 or MarthaC@afth.org
WYNNEWOOD
Discover Domestic Adoption
Sept. 17. Learn about our domestic adoption process, adoption myths vs. facts, financial assistance and the benefits of open adoption.
www.afth.org/calendar-of-events/ Martha Coulbourne 610-642-7200 or MarthaC@afth.org
WYNNEWOOD
VIRGINIA
Infant Care Class
Oct. 4. Jennifer Hayes is a medical professional and social worker. She is eager to share her knowledge about basic infant care to help educate prospective adoptive parents about feeding, changing, and bathing infants. Jennifer will also be covering signs to look for and when to contact your pediatrician.
www.afth.org/events Nicole Fowler 757-361-0008 or NicoleF@afth.org
RICHMOND
WASHINGTON
AWAIT (Adoption Waiting: Anxiety, Intensity, Triumph)Support Group Meetings
Meets on 3rd Mon./mo. 7-8:45 P.M., North Bellevue Community Center, Rm D, 4063 148th Ave. NE
www.affgs.org awaitfacilitator@hotmail.com
BELLEVUE
Adoption Information Meetings at WACAP
Meets 3rd Thurs.mo., 7-9 P.M. WACAP Office, 315 S. Second St. Learn about adoption from China, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam or the USA. Free & all are welcome.
www.WACAP.org 206-575-4550 or wacap@wacap.org
RENTON
Adoption Information Meeting at Amara
2nd Tues./mo., 6-8 P.M. & periodically on Saturday, 3300 East Union St. Learn about the adoption process, adopting children from foster care & Amaras services.
www.amaraparenting.org Contact Amara to RSVP 206-260-1700 or amara@amaraparenting.org
SEATTLE
NATIONWIDE
Webinar -Discover Domestic Adoption
Sept. 2, 7 P.M. Learn about adoption from the comfort of your own computer. Join us to learn more about our agency and our available programs. Led by an AFTH social worker who can answer all of your questions. The focus will be on our African-American and African-American/ Biracial domestic program. Registration is required to join our webinar.
www.afth.org/calendar-of-events/ Penny Rearick 860-657-2626 or PennyR@afth.org
ONLINE
Webinar: Free Adoption Information
Sept. 3. 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=696 212-400-8150 or info@spence-chapin.org
ONLINE
Webinar: Free Adoption Information
Sept. 9. 11:30 A.M. 12:30 P.M. Contemplating adoption? Join Dillon International for a free webinar to learn general information about the adoption process and Dillon adoption programs.
www.dillonadopt.com/basic-training/ Susan/Dillon International staff 918-749-4600 or susan@dillonadopt.com
ONLINE
Webinar Free Adoption Information
Sept. 19, 6:30- 7:30 P.M. Contemplating adoption? Join Dillon International for a free webinar to learn general information about the adoption process and Dillon adoption programs.
www.dillonadopt.com/basic-training/ Susan/Dillon International staff 918-749-4600 or susan@dillonadopt.com
ONLINE
GERMANY
Kaiserslautern Military Community Adoption Support Group
Meets 3rd Tues./mo., 7-9 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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