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March 2022

ACI’s Adoption Community Connection – An Online Community

March 1 - December 31
Online

We are always looking for ways to support you! ACI is proud to announce a new online community called Adoption Community Connection! Designed to build a safe space for adoptive families and waiting families to create connections with other families, find and share resources, and most importantly, to know you are not alone. Shared through a Google Drive, members will find various databases they can search through and add to. All members will be vetted by ACI staff to ensure…

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June 2022

Attachment and Adoption – LIVE WEBINAR

June 21 @ 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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Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

June 22 @ 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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July 2022

Baby Care 101

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Becky O’Connell’s Home Chicago, IL United States

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.)  Becky graciously opens…

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

July 9 @ 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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Domestic Adoption and Illinois Law – LIVE WEBINAR

July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 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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August 2022

Race and Adoption: A Panel Discussion – LIVE WEBINAR

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 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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Birth Parent Panel Discussion – LIVE WEBINAR

August 14 @ 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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Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

August 18 @ 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…

Find out more »

Attachment and Adoption – LIVE WEBINAR

August 23 @ 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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September 2022

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

September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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 Level 2 – At Styles4kidz Salon

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Styles4kidz Salon, 235 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States
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REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE ONLY IF YOU HAVE TAKEN LEVEL 1 Step-by-step, hands-on instruction on how to do up to three simple hairstyles; ponytails, twists, basic underhand braiding; plus Q&A with S4K stylist.  Parents use their own recommended tools.  A list can be provided. (Supply kits can be purchased at an additional cost)  Parents practice styling on their own child, model, or mannequin.  Child's hair should be clean, de-tangled and loose hair (not in a protective style).  Only 5 family…

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October 2022

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

October 8 @ 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…

Find out more »

Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

October 19 @ 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…

Find out more »

November 2022

Race and Adoption: A Panel Discussion – LIVE WEBINAR

November 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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…

Find out more »

Domestic Adoption and Illinois Law – LIVE WEBINAR

November 29 @ 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…

Find out more »

December 2022

Birth Parent Panel Discussion – LIVE WEBINAR

December 4 @ 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…

Find out more »

Attachment and Adoption – LIVE WEBINAR

December 6 @ 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…

Find out more »

Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

December 15 @ 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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