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April 2020

Empowered to Connect Conference – Now ONLINE!

April 2 - May 31
Webinar

Adoption Center of Illinois (ACI) is proud to host the  Empowered to Connect Conference Rewind* simulcast, now available online!  The Empowered to Connect Conference simulcast features 11 hours of practical teaching to equip families to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. It features Trust-Based Relational Intervention ® (TBRI ®) methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, to help bring attachment and connection in families. We were…

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June 2020

LGBTQ Panel – WEBINAR

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Webinar

This panel class will support LGBTQ prospective adoptive parents and adoptive parents by providing a forum where they can learn from others who have been through similar experiences.  Panelists will speak about their journeys through the adoption process and parenting as members of the LGBTQ community.   Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.   REGISTRATION:  To register for this class, please email registration@adoptillinois.org.   Please include in the email (1) name of the class (2) full…

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** DUE TO CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES POSTPONED UNTIL LATER DATE ** – Birth Parent Panel

June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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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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** DUE TO CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES POSTPONED UNTIL LATER DATE ** – Communicating With Your Child About Adoption

June 10 @ 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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July 2020

Understanding Domestic Adoption: From Delivery to Possible Placement

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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The time leading up to the birth of a child and the days following the birth are frequently among the most challenging periods for everyone in the adoption process. Some adoptive parents manage to breeze through this period while others are presented with challenges that rock them to the core. This presentation focuses on the variables that affect the different experiences that people have. This presentation is valuable for anyone hoping to adopt a child domestically, whether or not they…

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Understanding Trauma: How Hard Experiences Can Affect Children and Why if Matters for You

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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Children who are placed for adoption have lived through hard experiences, from separation from their birth parents to neglect, abuse, and other forms of trauma. As you prepare to adopt a child, it is important for you to know that trauma affects child development in ways that influence emotions, behavior, and relationships. This class will help you understand your child through a trauma lens, which can help you respond to their unique needs. It is presented by Corinne Fleming, Psy.D.,…

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August 2020

Adoption Sensitivity in School

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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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

September 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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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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