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CAFFA Family Picnic 2017

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in CAFFA News, Events, Home | 0 comments

CAFFA Family Picnic 2017

Join us for the 2017 CAFFA Family Picnic! This will be a great opportunity to meet other adoptive families in our communities. CAFFA members and non-members are welcome. Event will take place rain or shine. Please see the following link to register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ee9vio0nc1d7b8ce&llr=c4luc9oab The picnic will be at Glen Ellyn St. Charles Rd. west of Route 53, IL...

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CAFFA Scholarship 2017

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Adoption News, CAFFA News, Home | 0 comments

CAFFA Scholarship 2017

We are pleased to announce that CAFFA will once again be providing a scholarship for graduating high school students who are entering college in the fall of 2017. Award Amount: $1,500 Who is Eligible: This award is intended for students who have come into their family through adoption, in the Chicago area.  The student must be a graduating high school senior, who has been accepted to a 2- or 4-year college for the 2016-2017 school year (complete requirements and details are listed in the application). Instructions: In order to be considered for this award, please follow the instructions in...

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Top 10 Reasons to attend the 2017 CAFFA Parenting through Adoption Conference

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Adoption News, CAFFA News, Conference, Home | 0 comments

Top 10 Reasons to attend the 2017 CAFFA Parenting through Adoption Conference

Check out the Top 10 Reasons to attend the 2017 CAFFA Parenting through Adoption Conference!   Top 10 Reasons to attend the 2017 CAFFA Parenting through Adoption Conference from Michelle DeLatour on Vimeo. Registration ends February 19th so don’t wait! Visit the conference page for more information....

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Congratulations to the CAFFA 2016 Scholarship Winners!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in CAFFA News, Home | 0 comments

Congratulations to the CAFFA 2016 Scholarship Winners!

For Immediate Release We’re proud to announce our Scholarship Winner and Honorable Mentions for the 2016 CAFFA Scholarship Contest.  We received many heartfelt stories from worthy young adult adoptees, so the choice was very tough.  Essays were scored and discussed based on the writer’s ability to address the essay question (How have adoption and/or foster care touched/shaped your life?) and overall impact. The Winner of the $2,000 scholarship was Mr. Anthony Biancofiori, who is attending Loyola University Chicago. Also, the three Honorable Mentions (each receiving $250...

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CAFFA Recent Events Roundup

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in CAFFA News, Camps, Events, Home | 0 comments

CAFFA Recent Events Roundup

There has been so much going on recently at CAFFA, we thought it would be worthwhile to do a little recap of some of the recent events! CAFFA Summer Picnic:  Buckets of fun & the weather even cooperated!  There were around 70 registrations and despite the prior inclement weather around 50 or so people attended.  It was a joy seeing all the smiling kids running around.  🙂  It felt like we had the whole park to ourselves. Kaleidoscope Culture Camp:  The kids had a great time at our annual weekly KCC in late July.   Highlights included the annual parade of nations, lots of arts and crafts,...

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Making a medical plan for your newly adopted child (Event)

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Home | 0 comments

Making a medical plan for your newly adopted child (Event)

AN EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR TO: • Gain an understanding of medical concerns common to adopted children • Develop a plan to meet the medical and developmental needs of your newly adopted child Thursday, October 6 6 – 8 p.m. 1800 North Hermitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RSVP: adoptions@catholiccharities.net (312) 655-7086 Cost $10 per person or $15 per couple payable in cash or check at door (waived for current Catholic Charities clients.) Attendees will earn 2 DCFS approved training credit hours. Guest Speakers Linda Walsh, NP Clinical Director University of Chicago...

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Kaleidoscope Culture Camp 2016

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Events, Home | 0 comments

Kaleidoscope Culture Camp 2016

Kaleidoscope Culture Camp July 25 – 29, 2016  – Calling all adoptive families!  Spend a week learning about your child’s culture and participating in fun activities. Kaleidoscope Culture Camp is a weeklong, DAY camp designed for school-aged children and teens. Programs are offered simultaneously in one location for these cultures: African/African-American, Chinese, Eastern European & Latin American.  Our campers participate in many activities, which promote learning about their birth culture, including arts and crafts, cuisine, language, history and music. We eat a meal...

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Parenting In SPACE

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Adoption News, Conference, Home | 0 comments

Parenting In SPACE

When your child came home, to your home, to join his or her family, it’s easy for me to imagine the great and simple hopes and dreams you may have had for your life together: sharing love, knowledge, and delightful experiences. And many have been blessed and fortunate with an abundance of those experiences. And some have not. Some have experienced an over-abundance of frustration, tension and pain brought on by the emotions and behaviors of a child who feels out-of-control. What many of us have learned in the past few years is that those emotional and behavioral problems were likely caused...

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CAFFA Family Meetup!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Adoption News, Events, Home | 0 comments

CAFFA Family Meetup!

Once upon a time in a land far away known as Suburbia, CAFFA moms or dads and sometimes nannies gathered together to watch their kids play. Locations were thoughtfully researched based on geographic desirability, enrichment and maximum enjoyment. Snacks were carefully planned in accordance with optimal nutritional value and minimal allergic exposure. These gatherings were called Playgroups and like the dinosaurs, they became extinct. But we still missed them and the friendships they inspired. So we decided to launch a new and improved family social gathering, more current and exciting, and...

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Message from the President

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in CAFFA Board, CAFFA News, Events, Home | 0 comments

Message from the President

Dear CAFFA Family, Hello again to our extended adoption family! First, as always, thank you to our members and adoption professionals for making CAFFA possible!  Without you, we wouldn’t be able to serve the adoption community. As this will be the last newsletter before 2016, I think it’s worthwhile to reflect on the year behind us.  In short – we’ve been busy!  I’m continually amazed at the dedication and selflessness of our amazing board members and countless volunteers who help bring value-added information, community interaction, and events to those touched...

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