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August 2020

Baby Care 101

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Becky O'Connell, one of our temporary care providers, and learn the "baby basics".  Becky will discuss "The Big Three" (You will learn what they are!) and include suggestions and demonstrations to help you understand, enjoy, soothe and stimulate your baby.  This class is suitable for waiting families, those with infants under one year, and anyone who needs a refresher course in infant care.  Parents are welcome to bring babies (only those younger than three months please.)  Attendance will be…

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Adoption Sensitivity in School – WEBINAR

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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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.   REGISTRATION:  To register for this class, please email registration@adoptillinois.org.   Please include in the email (1) name of the class (2) full names of those planning to attend (3) email addresses and (4) phone…

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Race and Adoption: A Panel Discussion WEBINAR

August 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Webinar

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 trans-racial adoption. Panelists will share individual insights and experiences and respond to questions from the audience. Particular…

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Tips for the Toddler Years

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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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.   REGISTRATION:  To register for…

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September 2020

Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure: What Prospective Parents Need to Know – WEBINAR

September 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar

Some children who are placed for adoption were prenatally exposed to drugs and/or alcohol. While this may alarm prospective parents, increased awareness can be helpful. This class will teach prospective parents about the effects of prenatal drug and alcohol exposure, explore what related symptoms can look like over time, and outline available services for children and families who need them. This can help prospective parents make decisions, gain a frame of reference for potential concerns, and ultimately maximize their child’s…

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African-American Hair Care: Styles 4 Kidz Hands-On Hair Care Workshop

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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Step-by-step, hands-on instruction on how to do up to three simple hairstyles; ponytails, twists, basic underhand braiding; plus question & answer with S4K stylist 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 a protective style.   REGISTRATION:  To register for this class, please email registration@adoptillinois.org.   Please include in the email (1) name of the class (2) full names of those planning to attend…

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