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October 2021

Tips for the Toddler Years – At ACI Office

October 7 @ 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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Adult Adoptee Panel Discussion: Adoptees Share Their Experiences – LIVE WEBINAR

October 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar

Adult Adoptee Panel Discussion: Adoptees Share Their Experiences What does adoption look like through the lens of someone who was adopted?  How does someone who was adopted suggest talking to children about adoption?  This class is conducted with a panel of adults who were adopted as children.  The panelists discuss their lives, the history of their memories about adoption; when they were told, how they were told, and what they thought and felt about being adopted.  Usually the panel consists…

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Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

October 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar

If you are considering adoption, the first step is to attend a Program Introduction meeting. These meetings are free to the public. This meeting will be a live webinar. Pre-registration is required. This can be completed by clicking "find out more" and scrolling to "register here" link. The following topics are covered at Program Introduction Meetings: ACI adoption programs and services Application and home study process Fee schedules Requirements to qualify as adoptive parents in Illinois Our agency history, philosophy…

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November 2021

Baby Care 101 – At ACI Office

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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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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Birth Parent Panel Discussion – LIVE WEBINAR

November 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Webinar

This is a moderated panel discussion.  The panel is comprised of birth parents that have placed children for adoption.  Panelists will discuss their personal experience with adoption and address topics that they consider important and that are raised by the moderator.  Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions.  They will be asked to examine already existing beliefs about what birth parents are thinking when initially considering placing a child for adoption – and what they think and feel…

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December 2021

Communicating With Your Child About Adoption – At ACI Office

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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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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Attachment and Adoption – LIVE WEBINAR

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Webinar

Recent research in neuroscience has confirmed what many clinicians have long known: Early relationships between caregivers and infants/young children matter and have lifelong implications for children. In order to help each child reach their potential, supportive and caring relationships are essential. This lecture will address the process of creating lasting attachments with adoptive children, some challenges to the process, and guidance and tips to overcome difficulties. Dr. Laura Brock Fraint, clinical psychologist, will address unique attachment issues for adoptive families…

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Domestic Adoption and Illinois Law – LIVE WEBINAR

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar

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.   REGISTER HERE   Free for ACI Families/Alumni $30 for Non-ACI families Payment for Non-ACI families can be made by…

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Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

December 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar

If you are considering adoption, the first step is to attend a Program Introduction meeting. These meetings are free to the public. This meeting will be a live webinar. Pre-registration is required. This can be completed by clicking "find out more" and scrolling to "register here" link. The following topics are covered at Program Introduction Meetings: ACI adoption programs and services Application and home study process Fee schedules Requirements to qualify as adoptive parents in Illinois Our agency history, philosophy…

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