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July 2016

Adoption & Identity: nature, nurture and the lifelong journey to self

July 28, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

As a child grows, their understanding of adoption becomes more nuanced and complex. Unresolved (and often unasked) questions surrounding birth family, the decision to place them for adoption, or how much of who they are is related to their DNA vs. their upbringing often weighs more heavily on them. These feelings and questions may be difficult to wrestle with, and are essential to identity formation. As a parent, you know your support at this time is crucial. But what do…

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October 2016

Online Coffee Hour – Prospective Adoptive Parents Support Group

October 8, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day Second of the month, repeating until November 13, 2016

Coffee Shop Man Heart

Are you waiting to adopt or thinking about adoption? If so, this informal group is for you! Hosted by Chicago Area Families for Adoption (CAFFA) the second Saturday of every month, this group will give advice to those waiting to adopt or thinking about adoption. Maybe you are trying to figure out whether adoption is right for you, have your Homestudy done and are waiting, or are matched. We're here to support you and give unbiased advice during your adoption…

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March 2017

Decoding Your Child’s Behavior

March 30, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

At some point all parents face behavioral challenges with their children. Adopted children have often had unfortunate experiences that may increase misbehavior and make traditional discipline techniques ineffective. Join Phyllis Booth, Founder of Theraplay®, and Mandy Jones, LCSW, JD, certified Theraplay® therapist at the Center for Lifelong Adoption Support, as they provide an empathetic understanding of why negative behaviors occur and discuss tools, techniques and activities that parents can use to tame temper tantrums and create positive relationships. Topics will…

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May 2017

Raising Black Girls

May 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

African American sisters laying next to each other on the playroom floor in the library reading a book together. Preschool age little girl laying next to her elementary age sister who is reading a book to her in a playroom at the local library. Raising Black Girls is an honest dialogue about some of the tough realities and complex issues that Black children may experience and how their parents can guide, support and prepare them for a society that is…

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July 2017

Birth Family Search: How Crazy is This Going to Get?

July 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Birth Family, First Family, Original Family. All terms commonly used for the people who are connected to our children through blood relation. And though we may imagine that our tweens and teens may want to search “someday” for these connections, the truth is that every adoptive family today should be proactively making choices about searching NOW. Open records, DNA testing, family tree websites, social media, Google, orphanage searches by other families, even a birth relative doing a reverse search to…

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