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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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The Adoption Process from A to Z

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd
Northfield, IL 60093 United States
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$18

The Adoption Process from A to Z by Sally Wildman JD Are you considering adoption? Have you started the process? "The Adoption Process from A to Z," a seminar presented by Chicago and Northbrook Attorney Sally Wildman, will be offered through the New Trier Extension Community Education Program, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, Illinois, 60093 To register, call 847-446-6600 or view: https://bit.ly/2DQLC7w Course # 201-753 under "ONE OF A KIND" in the catalogue. Registration by February 16,…

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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

Adoption in School

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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$30

From daycare to high school, families should think about how they can advocate for adoption sensitivity in the school setting. This presentation will address topics including positive adoption language, adoption-sensitive curriculum, and multicultural awareness in schools. We will also discuss adoption-related books and helpful resources.

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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

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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October 2020

The Adoption Process from A to Z: Virtual Presentation

October 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd
Northfield, IL 60093 United States
$18

The Adoption Process from A to Z by Sally Wildman JD Are you considering adoption? Have you started the process? Attorney-at-Law Sally Wildman, a Chicago and Northbrook attorney with many years of experience in adoption law practice, presents fundamentals and legal steps of this process with a focus on preparing you to adopt. She will distinguish the several types of adoption available and will guide you through key steps of home study, foster parent licensing, and immigration steps required. Identify…

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