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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
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
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
Domestic Adoption Seminar
Oct. 25. In this free seminar, Attorney Mark Goldman will explain the adoption process and the AdoptHelp domestic adoption program. Guest speakers include a birth mother & an adoptive parent. Pre-registration required. Spons. by AdoptHelp.
www.adopthelp.com 1-800-637-7999
SHERMAN OAKS, CA
CONNECTICUT
Discover Domestic Adoption Meeting
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
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
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Successful Private Adoption Workshop
Nov. 8, 9 A.M.-3 P.M., Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave. A practical "how to" guide to successful private adoption, the goal of the workshop is to launch couples and singles on an accelerated path to parenthood. Experience & advice will be shared by those directly involved with domestic adoption, including adoption attorneys, social workers, adoptive parents as well as a birthmother. Spons. by Families for Private Adoption.
www.ffpa.org/calendar/event.php?eid=20100918075908456 202-722-0338 or info@ffpa.org
KENSINGTON MD
INDIANA
While We Wait dinners
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
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
MARYLAND
Successful Private Adoption Workshop
Nov. 8, 9 A.M.-3 P.M., Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave. A practical "how to" guide to successful private adoption, the goal of the workshop is to launch couples and singles on an accelerated path to parenthood. Experience & advice will be shared by those directly involved with domestic adoption, including adoption attorneys, social workers, adoptive parents as well as a birthmother. Spons. by Families for Private Adoption.
www.ffpa.org/calendar/event.php?eid=20100918075908456 202-722-0338 or info@ffpa.org
KENSINGTON
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.
www.resolvenewengland.org/conference/ 781-890-2250 or admin@resolvenewengland.org
MARLBOROUGH
Adoption Information Meeting
Nov. 12, 6:30-8:30 P.M. Come learn more about WHFC adoption programs.
www.whfc.org/events Maryanne Ludwig 781-894-5330 or mludwig@whfc.org
WALTHAM
Adoption Information Meeting
Dec. 10, 6:30-8:30 P.M. Come learn more about WHFC adoption programs.
www.whfc.org/events Maryanne Ludwig 781-894-5330 or mludwig@whfc.org
WALTHAM
MISSOURI
Adoption Information Meeting
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
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
Pre-Adoptive Parents Support Groups
The third Sunday of the month, 10-11:30 A.M. & the third Monday of the month, 6-7:30 P.M. Spons. by IAC Center.
Joni Mantell, LCSW 609-737-8750 or emorgan@iaccenter.com
PENNINGTON
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
Pre-Adoptive Parents Support Groups
The third Sunday of the month, 10-11:30 A.M. Spons. by IAC Center.
Joni Mantell, LCSW 609-737-8750 or emorgan@iaccenter.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
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
Baby Care Workshop
Nov. 1, 10 A.M. - 1 P.M., 410 E. 92nd St. This workshop is for expectant parents using adoption or surrogacy to form their families. We will cover all the basics including sleep, diapering, and feeding, with special attention paid to bonding and attachment. Spons. by the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin
http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=758 646-539-2167 or info@modernfamilycenter.org
MANHATTAN
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
Therapeutic Writing for Adoptive Parents and Parents-to-Be:
Nov. 9 & Dec. 7, 2-4 P.M., 333 West 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.
www.iaccenter.com Emily Morgan 609-737-8750 or emorgan@iaccenter.com
NEW YORK
Night of Hope
Nov. 18, 6-10 P.M., The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The Night of Hope is the official awards gala for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Celebrate 40 years of RESOLVE with cocktails, dinner, dessert, and the annual Hope Awards.
resolve.org/nightofhope Cindie Kyte 703-556-7172 or ckyte@resolve.org
NEW YORK
PENNSYLVANIA
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
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
VIRGINIA
Successful Private Adoption Workshop
Nov. 8, 9 A.M.-3 P.M., Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave. A practical "how to" guide to successful private adoption, the goal of the workshop is to launch couples and singles on an accelerated path to parenthood. Experience & advice will be shared by those directly involved with domestic adoption, including adoption attorneys, social workers, adoptive parents as well as a birthmother. Spons. by Families for Private Adoption.
www.ffpa.org/calendar/event.php?eid=20100918075908456 202-722-0338 or info@ffpa.org
KENSINGTON MD
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
Adoption Information Webinar
Nov. 20, 8-8:45 P.M. Log on to learn more about WHFC adoption programs.
www.whfc.org/events 781-894-5330
ONLINE
Adoption Information Webinar
Dec. 18, 12-12:45 P.M. Log on to learn more about WHFC adoption programs.
www.whfc.org/events Maryanne Ludwig 781-894-5330 or mludwig@whfc.org
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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