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  • colanerc
    open adoption survey - seeking adoptive parents

    I am an adoptive mother of two girls in open adoptions. I am also a professor at the University of Missouri researching adoption. My colleagues and I are conducting a…

  • Wishfullywaiting
    MDMA / Ecstasy Exposure

    Hello, We’ve been speaking with an expecting mother who was unaware that she was pregnant until she was 26 weeks along.  She is a social drinker 1 to 3 glasses…

  • love4adoption
    groups in indianapolis area?

    does anyone know of playgroups, etc. in the Indianapolis area for adoptive families? thanks!

  • Frank Ligtvoet
    Adoption Play Groups NY Fall 2014

    ALL TOGETHER NOW (ATN) FALL 2014 Adoption Playgroups for 3-9 Year-Olds Tweens Peer-Support Group Teen Mentor Program Parent Discussion Group Five Sunday Sessions:  2:00-3:30 PM September 14, October 19, October 26, November 16, December 7 Union Temple Preschool 17 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238 ATN — now in its sixth year — is a non-profit group that offers a range of adoptee-focused programming for ages 3 through adult. For Preschool and Elementary School Children: Fun, multiracial playgroups, facilitated by adult and teen adoptees for adopted kids from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. A committee of resourceful and dedicated adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and teen adoptee volunteers organize the playgroups and their activities. 3-5 year-olds; 6-9 year-olds: Free and group play that incorporates adoption- and identity-related activities and themes. Themes around identity, family and friends will be explored. Activities include Family Day, an outing to Prospect Park; puzzle and quilt making; and performances from special guests. The groups provide a “safe space” for kids to build relationships within the adoptive community.  The playgroups are facilitated by adult adoptee Program Supervisor Marissa Martin, LMSW, director of Government Affairs at The Coalition for Asian American Children and Program Coordinator Linda Gregory, a medical social worker at New York Presbyterian, Columbia Medical, and transracial adult adoptee. They are assisted by adult adoptee and ATN graduate Peter Flachner, and a corps of committed Teen Mentors. Kacy Ames-Heron, LCSW and transracial adoptee, serves as Program Advisor for the children’s groups. She collaborates in planning the curriculum and provides additional support to facilitators. For Tweens:  A peer-support group for 10-12 year-olds that embraces issues, as they come up, in a fun and nurturing environment. The group is facilitated by Irene Pitkowsky, an adult adoptee of Dominican descent, who is passionate about helping families nurture healthy formation of identity from a place of authenticity. Irene has a BA in Sociology and plans to pursue studies to become an adoption therapist. She and her family are active in APC (Adoption Parents Committee). The group offers tweens the opportunity to connect and chat about “what is really cool - and may not be so cool - about being adopted.” The goals of each group session are: (1) to create a safe and open space for tweens to share their joys and pains, as they relate to successfully navigating the burden and dignity of difference; (2) to address a myriad of “hard situations” that arise where we live, learn, and play; and (3) most importantly, to have fun in the process of finding the living and breathing answers to: “Who am I?  Who are we?”  For Teens: The Teen Mentor Program creates opportunities for 13-18 year-olds to facilitate peer supportive playgroups for adopted children, ages 3-9 years, while acting as role models in adoptee-focused activities. Our adult adoptee team, in turn, provides supervision and mentorship to the teens to foster growth, development, and exploration.  A small stipend and community service credit is available for teen mentors.  April Dinwoodie, an American-born, transracial adoptee, who is the chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, heads up the mentor program.  She brings decades of personal and professional experience to the position. Please follow this link to register for the teen mentor program: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YBoneE7-dgDALTrL1xQ6fEJyy7Z1GRFwmVpmeBut9u8/viewform For Parents: ATN provides a space for adoptive parents to gather, connect, share resources and discuss adoption-related issues.  All sessions will be led by our adult adoptee liaison, Julie Young, attorney, author of the blog, “Heart and Seoul,” and editor of KoreanAmericanstory.org.  Parents of 3-9 year olds, tweens, and teen mentors are all welcome. Please follow this link to register for the children’s, tweens or parents groups: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1w5GtDuFpWys-O9NwG-O8qFLETL6BDg1QH1ZJQ92OikM/viewform Programming ·    Sept 14:  Meet-and-greet and general introduction. ·    Oct 19:  Film essayist John Sanvidge, a transratial adult adoptee, will introduce and discuss his recent projects. ·    Oct 26: Adoption-themed documentary, such as “Approved for Adoption.” ·    Nov 16:  Family Day, in which kids, parents and facilitators come together in an activity-driven group meeting, aimed at building a sense of connectedness within ATN. ·    Dec 7:  Theme to be generated by parent group members. Fees The fee per semester for the children’s and tweens groups is $250 per child and goes directly to our operating costs, to pay for the space rental or for adoptee volunteers and facilitator stipends. The parents group is free for families that are registered for the children’s and tweens groups.  The fee for parents of teens is $85. Who We Are ATN is a not-for-profit, adoptee-centered support group for adopted children and their families. We believe that adoption comes with unique developmental processes for adoptive families and that they differ from biological families for that reason. We particularly value the perspective of adult adoptees, seek their input, and support their concerns as an integral part of our program. We strive to create a community in which adopted children, teens and adults can determine their own experience and form supportive friendships among themselves. As parents, we try to understand and integrate the birth cultures of our children into our families’ lives. We recognize the role race plays in this context and especially how it affects the lives of families with children of color. We work to help prepare those kids for the particular challenges of being adopted persons of color. We acknowledge the birth family as a living reality in the adoptive family. We are also attuned to the losses experienced in adoption, especially those of our children and birth families, and treat them respectfully. Finally, we celebrate the diversity of adoptive families and the lifelong, nurturing, loving, unconditional and irrevocable bonds they form. ATN groups offer support to children and parents.  ATN is not a therapy provider.  For more information: Kids playgroups: registration@ alltogetheradoption.org Tweens group: tweens@ alltogetheradoption.org Teen program: teens@ alltogetheradoption.org ATN Board Kacy Ames-Heron Carol Lutfy Amy Appelbaum Marissa Martin Andrea Compton Emily Morgan Jamie Levinson Margaret Scott Frank Ligtvoet Fran Weinstock https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Together-Now/729057370439459 Please like us on Facebook!

  • LJC
    birth mom asking for baby back

    We have a semi open (almost open) relationship with our birth mom. However, she has started asking us if we would give her our baby back. We have no intentions…

  • sweetc
    Pregnancy after adoption

    For a bit of background, my husband and I did try to have a biological child before we started down the adoption route (as I know that is not the…

  • foofanatic
    Issues with pictures

    I have 2 adopted kiddos and their open adoptions are ever evolving and for the most part, we have great relationships with their birthmothers.  I send pictures about every 3…

  • tkokick
    Advice on Terminated Birth Father Being at Birth

    Hi - I’ve been reading lots of great info from here for the last year as we have prepared for adoption, so I feel like this is a great place…

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