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  • Maddy415NJ
    ***NJ couple looking for Adoption Agency***

    My husband and I are looking for Adoption agencies who work with couples in New Jersey wanting to adopt a newborn in the US.  Also, if you know of any…

  • DebbieFFW
    Registration Open for Forever Families Weekend

    NJY Camps has now opened registration for the ninth annual Forever Families Weekend for Jewish Families Touched by Adoption to be held at their Milford, PA location June 9-11, 2017.…

  • ritasv
    Transracial Journeys Family Camp 2016

    Registration is open for Transracial Journeys Family Camp, in its new location for 2016 in southwestern Pennsylvania. Join us at Laurelville Camp & Retreat Center from Thursday, July 14 to…

  • Frank Ligtvoet
    A few spots open: NY Adoption Playgroups Fall 2015: ATN

    ALL TOGETHER NOW (ATN) FALL 2015 REGISTRATION IS OPEN at Adoption Playgroups for 4-6; 7-9 Year-Olds Tweens Peer-Support Group Teen Mentor Program Parent Discussion Group Five Sunday Sessions:  2:00-3:30 PM September 20, October 18, October 25, November 15, December 13 Union Temple Preschool 17 Eastern Parkway, 4th floor Brooklyn, NY 11238 ATN ” now in its seventh year ” is a non-profit group that offers a range of adoptee-focused programming for ages 4 through adult. Support Groups 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. 4-6 year-olds; 7-9 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 have included 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. 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 an adult adoptee, and 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 4-9 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.  Carfare and community service credit are available for teen mentors. For Parents: ATN provides a space for adoptive parents to gather, connect, share resources and discuss adoption-related issues.  All sessions are led by an adult adoptee liaison.  For parents of 4-9 year olds and tweens, this group is free of charge.  Parents of teen mentors are charged a fee.  Registration is also open to non-ATN parents on a space-available basis.  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 volunteer and facilitator stipends. The parents group is free for families that are registered for the children’s and tweens groups.  The Parents Group fee for parents of teens mentors and non-ATN parents is $150 per semester. 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 and to register, please visit our website:                 ATN Board Kacy Ames-Heron                                                   Amy Appelbaum                                                             Andrea Compton April Dinwoodie                             Jamie Levinson                                                                       Frank Ligtvoet       Carol Lutfy Marissa Martin       Margaret Scott Laura Summerhill     Fran Weinstock                Please like us on Facebook!

  • annem
    Transracial Family Camp returning to the shores of Lake Erie,Ohio!

    Join us in Conneaut, Ohio from Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 16, 2015 for our third annual transracial family camp, now called Transracial Journeys Family Camp (formerly Weaving Cultures Family Camp). Our goal is to build community, raise awareness, and strengthen transracial families through recreational and educational activities for both parents and children. This camp is for families with children adopted transracially. Programming is relevant to all adoptive families, but focuses particularly on issues of race and culture for families with Black children. We welcome ALL families and all of their children ” whether adopted or not ” and are committed to providing a camp atmosphere of tolerance and inclusion.  Last year, 2 families traveled from the Philadelphia area to attend our camp, and both families are returning! For more information check out our website at or contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_jSCuV1sjho').innerHTML = output; //]]>

  • Frank Ligtvoet
    Adoption Play and Support Groups in New York City: Spring 2015

    Register online on our new website! All Together Now (ATN) is a grassroots, adoptee-centered adoption organization based in Brooklyn, New York. ATN, a not-for-profit, is now in its seventh year…

  • Pam05
    Two Spaces Opened

    We have 2 spaces that opened and a few Saturday only spaces remaining for our retreat for adoptive and foster moms. If you know of someone who wanted to attend…

  • Pam05
    Retreat for Adoptive & Foster Moms

    Registration ending soon for retreat for adoptive, pre-adoptive and foster moms.  Nov. 14-16, 2014 in Lancaster, PA (close to Baltimore airport and Philadelphia International airport). Several registration options (Full weekend,…

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