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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

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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Birth Parent Panel – WEBINAR

September 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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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African-American Hair Care: Styles 4 Kidz Hands-On Hair Care Workshop #2

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. Workshop #1 is strongly encouraged before taking Workshop #2 REGISTRATION:  To register for this class, please email registration@adoptillinois.org.   Please include in the email (1) name of the class…

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October 2020

Attachment and Adoption – WEBINAR

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

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 – WEBINAR

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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.   REGISTRATION:  To register for this class, please email registration@adoptillinois.org.   Please include in the email (1) name of the…

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