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September 2017

Ethical Concerns and Decision Making in Adoption Training for professionals

September 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Holt-Sunny Ridge Children’s Services, 270 Remington Boulevard, Suite D
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
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$30 – $40

Do you see clients experiencing unplanned pregnancy or who are choosing to make an adoption plan for their baby? If so, we have a training designed for you to understand ethical issues surrounding the uniqueness of adoption. Our agency is hosting an ethics in adoption training in our office on Friday, September 29th from 9 a.m. - noon. Attended in full, this workshop provides 3 hours of ethics requirements for licensure renewal for social workers, as well as 3 CEUs for nurses. Cost…

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October 2017

Theraplay® for Foster/Adoptive Parents

October 28, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Saturday, repeating until November 4, 2017

The Cradle, 2049 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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$75

Secure attachment is essential for healthy child development, but a foster or adopted child’s past may be affecting their behaviors, and consequently having an impact on your connection with your child. Adoption therapist Mandy Jones, LCSW, JD will lead this interactive workshop and teach basic Theraplay® activities to connect and engage with your children, as well as help them to regulate behaviors. During this two-part workshop, you will be better prepared to: learn strategies for remaining connected with your teen;…

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April 2018

Networking and CEU Breakfast: Positive Tools for Negative Behaviors

April 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Cradle, 2049 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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Parenting is tough! When most think of how to curb negative behaviors, they think of time-outs, behavioral charts, and 123 Magic. For many children, adopted or not, these techniques just don’t work. Mandy Jones, LCSW, JD, adoption therapist and Certified Theraplay® Therapist and Trainer, will help participants learn how adoption can impact children’s behaviors. This comprehensive presentation will outline how adoptive children typically respond better to alternative discipline techniques, and how parents, teachers, and professionals can support children and parents…

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April 2019

Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast

April 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - April 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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$35

Adoption Center of Illinois (ACI) is proud to be hosting a Simulcast of the Empowered to Connect Conference. This Two Day Simulcast will take place on Friday, April 5th from 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturday, April 6th from 9:00am-5:00pm at ACI (or another Chicago location if a larger capacity is needed). Presented by Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, this conference features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community to equip families and professionals to better serve…

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January 2020

Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

January 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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$30

Trauma is an important topic for adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents because many children who have been adopted, especially those adopted at an older age or from foster homes/orphanages, have lived through traumatic experiences. Children bring these traumas with them when they come into your home. Traumatic stress reactions and other responses to trauma can cause children to behave in ways that may baffle you. Their relationship with you, with other adults, and even with their peers may feel…

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February 2020

Domestic Adoption and Illinois Law

February 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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$30

Attorney Genie Miller Gillespie will discuss the steps that prospective adoptive parents should take to achieve a safe and legal adoption. Discussion will focus on the legal issues in adoption, which include proper preparation, termination of parental rights, limiting legal risk, applicable Illinois and federal law, the process of doing an Illinois adoption, and the complications of an interstate adoption.

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African American Hair Care: Styles 4 Kidz (S4K) Hands-On Styling Workshop #1

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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$30

- Receive step-by-step, hands-on instruction on how to do up to three simple textured hairstyles: ponytails, twists, basic underhand braiding: plus question & answer with S4K specialist - Includes a hair care bundle for each parent-child pair - Parents attend with their child (child's hair should be clean, brushed, and not in a protective style)

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March 2020

Tips for the Toddler Years

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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$30

Becky O’Connell, one of ACI’s temporary care providers and a former preschool teacher, believes that “The Terrible Twos” is a myth. She’ll tell you why and share methods for dealing with your child’s emerging independence. In this practical class, you’ll revisit “The Big Three” and discuss topics suggested by the participants. The class is suitable for those waiting to adopt, especially an older child, and anyone parenting a child between 1 and 3 years old.

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Understanding Trauma: How Hard Experiences Can Affect Children, and Why it Matters for You

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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$30

Children who are placed for adoption have lived through hard experiences, from separation from their birth parents to neglect, abuse, and other forms of trauma. As you prepare to adopt a child, it is important for you to know that trauma affects child development in ways that influence emotions, behavior, and relationships. This class will help you understand your child through a trauma lens, which can help you respond to their unique needs. It is presented by Corinne Fleming, Psy.D.,…

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April 2020

Empowered to Connect Conference Rewind

April 25 @ 9:00 am - April 26 @ 5:00 pm
North Park Elementary School, 2017 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 United States
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$50

Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center (ACI) is proud to host the Empowered to Connect Conference Rewind* simulcast! This event will take place on April 25th - April 26th from 9:00am to 5:00pm at North Park Elementary School. The Empowered to Connect Conference simulcast features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community to equip families and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. It features Trust-Based Relational Intervention ® (TBRI ®) methods developed…

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