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Post Adoption Events

Given recent guidelines and restrictions from local, state, and federal agencies for COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending all of our in-person services and events. We will reschedule in-person events as soon as it is safe to do so. See below for events offered virtually.  

Social Support

Build your network of support with other adoptive families through fun social events!

Rec & Respite

Rec & Respite is one of our support groups that meets monthly. Parents have time away from their children to socialize with other adoptive parents, have a safe place to share experiences and concerns, and learn new strategies to assist in the social, emotional, and behavioral development of their families. Children connect with other children in adoptive families over fun planned activities like arts and crafts, games, and movies.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Rec & Respite  View Details & Register
Sunday, April 19, 4:30-5:30pm
Access Rec & Respite via WebEx

Weekly Support Group View Details & Register
Tuesdays at 2:00pm on April 7, 14, and 28
Access Weekly Support Group via WebEx

Parenting in a Pandemic View Details & Register
Friday, April 24, 12:00-1:30pm  or  Monday, May 4, 2:00-3:30pm
Access Parenting in a Pandemic via WebEx

 

Workshops

Get the support your family needs through one of our workshops.

Learning and Empowerment for Adoptive Families (LEAF)

This interactive group is designed for children ages 7-17 who are adopted and their parents.

Children will:

  • Meet other children who have been adopted
  • Learn to express their feelings about adoption
  • Learn strategies to share questions about adoption
  • Build confidence in talking about adoption with their family members as well as others
  • Play games and have fun!

Parents will:

  • Connect with other adoptive parents
  • Increase their comfort and confidence in discussing adoption with their child
  • Explore ways to enhance their strengths as a parent
  • Learn tools to help their children navigate emotions related to adoption.
Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Many children who no longer live with their biological parent have experienced trauma, such as separation/loss and abuse or neglect. The Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma workshop is an 8-week group for parents on how exposure to trauma can impact a child’s development and how certain tools and strategies can help your child heal. Understanding how trauma affects children can help you make sense of your child’s sometimes baffling behavior, feelings, and attitudes. Once you understand why your child behaves the way he or she does, you’ll feel better prepared to help him or her cope with the effects of trauma. The group is led by clinicians and individuals with real life experience as adoptive parents as well as individuals who were in foster care/adopted.

Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Parenting Through Change

Parenting Through Change (PTC) is a 12-week, group-based intervention for parents of children and adolescents with difficult behaviors and emotions. PTC focuses on the parents and teaches core skills related to skill encouragement, limit setting, monitoring, problem solving, and positive involvement. Each week parents build on previously learned skills that are applied to their particular family and practiced at home throughout the course of treatment. PTC provides specific strategies that are found to be effective in reducing power struggles between parent and child and a better parent-child relationship.

Upcoming Workshops

Check back for a list of rescheduled workshops.

 

Annual Parent Conference

6th Annual Post Adoption Parent Conference –
4 Virtual Webinars
Stronger Together: Building Your Relationship with Your Child

Post Adoption Support Services has rescheduled its annual parent conference, which is free for adoptive parents in our service area. Join us for a series of four separate, virtual conversations on the days and times listed below. The webinars will be led by adoption-informed professionals and parents with real world expertise, hard-earned wisdom, and shared experiences. All adoptive parents are welcome!

Parents who register and attend a conference event will receive a $25 gift card to GrubHub, Amazon, or Walmart!* There will also be raffle drawings in each webinar for additional prizes. Space is limited, so register today!

June 23, 9-10:30am • Keynote - Secondary Trauma Relief

Jules AlvaradoJules Alvarado, Alvarado Consulting and Treatment Group 

We are stewards, not just of our children and their life experience prior to adoption, but also of our own capacity to heal.

Parents who care for children who have experienced trauma such as abuse and neglect, may experience “secondary trauma” which is the emotional duress that results when one individual hears about the firsthand trauma experience of another. The symptoms of secondary trauma can even mimic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Parents with these experiences may feel that their child’s trauma impacts their connection to others, thinking and memory, trust in others, sense of competence as a parent, ability to regulate their emotions, and sense of safety.

In this keynote, Jules Alvarado will present a response to secondary traumatic stress known as Emotional Regulatory Healing, ERH. ERH can be useful for all parents, even those who are not affected by secondary traumatic stress.

Parenting can be stressful and Jules Alvarado will discuss the means for remaining fully present and calm in the midst of external chaos. As parents gain awareness into the impact of their own history as well as their child’s, they will also become empowered to feel more effective and resilient.

June 8, 8-9pm • Adoption Café - Meaningful Conversations

Chaney S. Stokes, BSW, Trauma-Informed Specialist

As an adoptive family, the journey has its rewards and its challenges. One factor in maintaining healthy family relationships is the power of meaningful conversations. This workshop will be an opportunity to hear from each other on the adoption journey from past, present, to future. This workshop will also be a place where you’ll be able to sharpen your trauma-informed skills or refresh the skills gained over time. Topics will include Trauma-Informed Response to Tricky Behaviors and Managing the Connections with Birth Families and Adoptive Families. The high point of this workshop will be the space for parents to hear from others who not only talk the talk but walk the walk.

June 11, 7-8pm • Hair-itage

Jessica Burch, LCSW

Transracial adoptions come with many challenges but differences in hair texture and styling does not have to be one of those challenges. Join us for an educational seminar detailing the differences and needs of coarse and textured hair. This will be a hands-on seminar discussing useful tools, products, and basic styling practices to preserve the health of textured hair, improve parental confidence in tackling home-styling, and ultimately boost the self-esteem of black and multi-ethnic adopted children.

June 16, 3-4pm • The 3 C’s for Dealing with Strong Emotions

Julie Hansford Franco, LCSW

The 3 C’s (Calm, Connect, Correct) is a framework that helps parents respond to their children’s emotions specifically about adoption, as well as to the regular ups and downs of life. It starts with giving parents skills to calm themselves so that they can respond rather than react to their children’s feelings and behaviors. This approach is different from other parenting approaches in that it does not simply address the child’s behavior but instead focuses on how you as a parent can regulate and respond. This session, led by Julie Hansford Franco, will teach the steps of the framework, followed by time to practice in groups with other parents.

Questions? Contact Breanna Williams at (919) 385-0716.

*If you register and attend any 2020 conference event, you will receive a $25 gift card. Limit 1 per person whether you attend 1 or 2+ events. To be eligible for the gift card/prizes you must be an adoptive parent in one of the counties served by Post Adoption Support Services (Anson, Cumberland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Richmond, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, Wilson). You must also provide your name and contact information to verify you have received the gift card after the event. Gift cards limited to first 150 registered people.