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 are exploring options for providing some of these services virtually and will reschedule as soon as it is safe to do so.

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 Events

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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

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Annual Parent Conference

Post Adoption Support Services offers an annual parent conference each spring that is FREE for adoptive parents in our service area. Come for valuable information, community resources, lunch, giveaways, connections with other parents and service providers, training hours (if applicable), and more!

POSTPONED – 6th Annual Parent Conference
Stronger Together: Building Your Relationship with Your Child

We are postponing our annual conference, Stronger Together: Building Your Relationship with Your Child, scheduled for March 31. The safety and well-being of the families we serve is of the utmost importance to us. We will communicate a new, tentative conference date when it is known.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
McKimmon Conference and Training Center
1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC

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.

Workshop Option 1: 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.

Workshop Option 2: 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.

Workshop Option 3: I Don’t Know How To UnPack!!

Karyetta Walker, LPC, Trauma- and Adoption-Informed Therapist

Every adopted and foster child comes into your family with a set of luggage that they did not pack.  But, neither did you! This workshop will discuss the role that resilience, acceptance, courage, and equipping (RACE) plays in the integration of childhood trauma experiences into your family and the impact that it has in the blending of the family unit.

Afternoon Session: 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.