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Post Adoption Events

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.

Check back here for upcoming social events. 

 

Parent Education

Explore a variety of topics that will equip and empower you as an adoptive parent.

 

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 here for upcoming workshop dates and information, or complete the interest form below for families interested in joining the next Learning and Empowerment for Adoptive Families (LEAF) workshop. 

 

8th Annual Parent Conference

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 will receive a $10 Amazon gift card for each webinar they register for and attend!* Space is limited, so register today!

May 12, 6:30 - 8:00pm • Adoption Conversation

Adoption Conversations from Diapers to Diplomas: When to Lead, When to Follow, and What to Say
CCFH Post Adoption Clinicians
Thursday, May 12,  6:30 – 8:00pm

Adoption conversations can be challenging, especially as kids change and grow over the years. Parents often wonder what they should tell children at a certain age, how to answer tricky questions, and what the impact might be. This session will present information and resources on adoption conversations with kids from toddlerhood to young adulthood. Parents will then have the opportunity to join facilitated breakout discussion groups based on their kids’ age with our experienced clinicians.

May 17, 7:30 - 9:00pm • Teenage Development

Teenage Development and the Impact of Adoption
Julie Hansford, LCSW
Tuesday, May 17,  7:30 – 9:00pm

Parenting our adolescent youth presents both joys and challenges. The developmental tasks of adolescence include identity formation, learning to think for one’s self without the influence of parents or adults, and the deepening friendships with peers and exploration of romantic interests. Adoption adds complexity to an already tumultuous time. This workshop with delve into the tasks of adolescent development and the influence of adoption and provide parents with tips and tricks to support their journey in parenting through adolescence.

Julie is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker who currently runs a private practice, Family Ties Counseling, in which she specializes in working with families and children in need of mental health support. Prior to entering full time private practice, Julie worked at the Center for Child & Family Health for over ten years, where she specialized in working with childhood trauma and adoption. She also worked in Child Protective Services several years prior to her time at CCFH. She has extensive expertise in treating traumatic stress, anxiety related disorders, depression, oppositional behaviors, and a wide range of parenting difficulties. Julie particularly enjoys working with adolescent mental health as today’s adolescents face tremendous family, social, and academic pressures.

May 18, 11:00am - 12:30pm • Sexual Education and Communication

Sexual Education and Communication in the Digital Age: Understanding and Monitoring Your Child’s Online Behavior
Nikki Croteau-Johnson, MA, LPA
Wednesday, May 18,  11:00am – 12:30pm

This session will provide a brief overview of pornography and other online sexual behavior, as well as how children and adolescents are exposed to content, how they gain access, and ways caregivers can monitor and supervise. Practical resources will be provided to assist caregivers in having conversations about online sexual behavior with their children.

May 21, 12:00 - 1:30pm • Preventing Meltdowns

Effective Strategies to Prevent Meltdowns in Neurodiverse Children
Holly Blanc Moses, MS BCBA LCMHC LPA ADHD-CCSP ASDCS
Saturday, May 21,  12:00 – 1:30pm

Meltdowns create stress for children and their families. This session will focus on effective, “doable” strategies to prevent meltdowns, improve skills, and support the parent-child relationship.

Holly Blanc Moses is a Licensed Psychological Associate, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider and Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist with over 23 years of experience in ADHD, Autism, and anxiety.  She is also a mother of two neurodiverse boys adopted through foster care. Learn more about Holly and her resources at www.hollyblancmoses.com and www.crossvinecounseling.com

Questions? Contact Kate Murray at (919) 385-0781.

*If you register and attend any 2022 conference event, you will receive a $10 gift card for each event. To be eligible for a gift card, you must 1) be an adoptive parent in one of the eligible counties we serve (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.