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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!

June Rec & Respite  Register
Wednesday, June 23, 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)
Upcoming group dates to be determined; complete this form to indicate interest in joining the next LEAF group

 

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!

Registration for the 2022 Post Adoption Parent Conference will open later in the year. To receive information on the upcoming conference, join our Post Adoption email list.

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