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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: Special Needs Parenting Edition  Download Flyer
From March to June, Rec & Respite will concentrate on how differences in the body, brain, and central nervous system are impacted by early childhood trauma. We will discuss how special needs and traumatic histories impact a child’s day and a family’s life. We’ll focus on a set of characteristics each month and discuss challenges, strengths, super powers, and accommodations. Pick one or better yet, come to all!

April Rec & Respite  Register
Wednesday, April 21, 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Hyperactivity and Attention Struggles

May Rec & Respite
Wednesday, May 19, 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Parenting through Unmet Expectations

June Rec & Respite
Wednesday, June 16, 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Changing Environments: What We Can Control

 

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

Learning and Empowerment for Adoptive Families (LEAF)
Weekly on Tuesdays, April 13 – June 15, from 7:00-8:30 pm
Offered virtually via video conferencing technology
Learn more and complete this form to indicate interest in joining the LEAF group

 

Annual Parent Conference

7th Annual Post Adoption Parent Conference
4 Virtual Webinars

Post Adoption Support Services offers an annual parent conference each spring that 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 $20 Amazon gift card!* Space is limited, so register today!

April 20, 6:30-8PM • Attachment and Parenting

Attachment and Parenting: What Parents Bring to the Dance
Kate Murray, PhD
Tuesday, April 20, 6:30-8PM

For children who’ve been adopted from hard places (abuse, neglect, substance exposure), establishing a secure attachment may be both a challenge and a key factor in their resilience.  Join us for a session on attachment in adoption with a focus on what parents bring to the dance. This interactive session will provide an opportunity for parents to reflect on their own upbringing and how it influences our “dance steps” in the attachment dance.  Tips will be provided for overriding any unhelpful strategies we bring from our past, tapping into our strengths, and connecting with our kids.

April 24, 1-2:30PM • Keynote – Angela Tucker

Keynote Address
Angela Tucker, Adoptee
Saturday, April 24, 1-2:30PM

A bold and fresh addition to the national conversation about race, an unabashed truth-teller and a tireless content creator, Angela Tucker is an inspiration and role model for adopted and fostered youth, at a time when positive, candid, insightful role models are greatly needed. Angela will share her complex story, weaving in topics of implicit biases and microaggressions with the hope that it will encourage other adoptees to find their own voices. Adoption is a necessary solution to an unfortunate need and the journey often begins at the intersection of grief and loss for birth parents and great joy for adoptive parents. Adoptees are wedged between that pain and joy without, historically speaking, much of a road map for expression. Angela offers her experience as a way to change this narrative.

Angela was adopted at the age of 13 months and raised by a white couple in a large, multiracial family in Washington State after receiving a diagnosis of spastic-quadriplegia, and being left at the hospital as a ward of the state of Tennessee. At the age of 26, her search for her birth-parents was featured in the groundbreaking documentary, CLOSURE.  Adopted from foster care in the state of Tennessee, under the terms of a closed adoption, CLOSURE follows Angela for two years during the search for her birth family.

April 28, 6:30-8PM • Black, White, and Us

Black, White, and Us: Discuss, Digest, and Dismantle; A Watch Party with a Purpose
Jessica Burch, LCSW
Wednesday, April 28, 6:30-8PM

Connect with other adoptive families in a group screening and break-out guided discussions of clips of the documentary Black, White & Us.  The documentary explores the tough questions White adoptive parents confront when attempting to raise Black children with healthy identities in a race-conscious society, and follows four adoptive families as they move from neutral observers to active advocates. Join us as we hold space for honest discussions that highlight and support the parents who, through the simple act of choosing to love their children, are learning to dismantle the system that is Racism in the United States.

May 5, 7-8:30PM • Parenting through the Unknown

Parenting through the Unknown: Possible Drug and Alcohol Exposure in Utero
Mary Kate Humphrey, Adoptive Parent
Wednesday, May 5, 7-8:30PM

Does your child struggle to follow directions? Does she go from 0-60 in seconds? Does your child have a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, have attention difficulties, or multiple diagnoses? Does he have sensory differences? Trouble in school?  Anger? Short fuse? Low threshold for discomfort? Come chat with us about the possibility of prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. Being in foster care increases the likelihood of this by 80% but many doctors do not know how to identify and diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. You do not need to know if your child had substance exposure to attend. We will discuss common behaviors, struggles, super powers and accommodations during this conversational session.

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

*If you register and attend any 2021 conference event, you will receive a $20 Amazon gift card. Limit 1 per person, whether you attend 1 or 2+ events. To be eligible for a gift card, you must 1) be an adoptive parent in an eligible county (Anson, Cumberland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Richmond, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson) and 2) 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.