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March 2020

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

Communicating with Your Child about Adoption

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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$30

Kay Holler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will explore the stages of a child’s development, and what he/she is thinking about in terms of adoption at each stage. She will also discuss how to talk about adoption with your child and the importance of offering emotional support. Kay has been working in the adoption field for 27 years. She worked for a large social service agency from 1990-1997. Since then, she has been providing therapy in a private practice setting for…

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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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May 2020

Race and Adoption: A Panel Discussion

May 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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$30

Many families either have adopted a child or are considering adopting a child of another race, culture, and/or ethnicity. When taking into account the role of race in our society, this invariably raises questions and concerns. Many adoptive families begin this journey without the benefit of having had an opportunity to hear individuals (adult adoptees and adoptive parents) talk about their experience with transracial adoption. Panelists will share individual insights and experiences and respond to questions from the audience. Particular…

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