Upcoming great educational opportunities for our community with

On Your Feet Foundation’s Activism in Adoption Series

PRESENTED VIA ZOOM 

        adoption classes

Free for ACI families/Alumni.   Please email pbrown@adoptillinois.org to learn more about registration.


We are continuously working on scheduling classes for 2024,
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Birth Parent Panel Discussion – LIVE WEBINAR

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 […]

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

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 […]

Join ACI and Ruthy Hebard for some basketball!

Ruthy Hebard is a professional basketball player with the Chicago Sky AND an adult adoptee.   Join Ruthy as she leads the kids through drills, challenges and photos/autographs! Sunday, July 24th 3:30 to 4:30pm Windy City Fieldhouse 2367 W. Logan Boulevard Chicago, IL 60647 $20 per child 17 spots remaining! This event is geared towards […]

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

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 […]

Race and Adoption: A Panel Discussion – LIVE 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 […]

Birth Parent Panel Discussion – LIVE WEBINAR

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 […]

Attachment and Adoption – LIVE WEBINAR

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 […]

African-American Hair Care: Styles 4 Kidz Hands-On Hair Care Workshop Level 2 – At Styles4kidz Salon

Styles4kidz Salon 235 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL, United States

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 […]

Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

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 "Program Introduction Meeting" above and scrolling to "Register Here" link. The following topics are covered at Program […]

Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

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 "Program Introduction Meeting" above and scrolling to "Register Here" link. The following topics are covered at Program […]

Activism in Adoption Series 2024 – hosted by On Your Feet Foundation

The Book Stall 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL, United States

Activism in Adoption Series 2024 - On Your Feet Foundation is partnering with The Book Stall to bring Sara Easterly,  Lori Holden, and Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard, authors of Adoption Unfiltered: Revelations from Adoptees, Birthparents, Adoptive Parents and Allies in to their venue to do a panel discussion about their book.   Attendees who request adoption education credit will receive certificates […]

Adoption and Infertility – LIVE WEBINAR

Webinar

NEW CLASS ALERT -  Approximately 80 percent of all couples who become adoptive parents struggled with infertility. Infertility can feel like a betrayal of our bodies. Disappointment, loss, and shame are common experiences for those experiencing infertility. Infertility is a loss and one that needs to be adequately grieved. It’s a life experience that feels […]

Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

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 "Program Introduction Meeting" above and scrolling to "Register Here" link. The following topics are covered at Program […]

Activism in Adoption Series 2024 – hosted by On Your Feet Foundation

Virtual Online

Activism in Adoption Series 2024 - On Your Feet Foundation will present via zoom Gretchen Sisson, PhD, a sociologist who studies abortion and adoption in the United States and author of the upcoming book, RELINQUISHED: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood, being released in February 2024. Attendees who request adoption education credit will […]

Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

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 "Program Introduction Meeting" above and scrolling to "Register Here" link. The following topics are covered at Program […]

ACI 2024 Gala

Ravinia Festival 200 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park, IL, United States

ACI Gala 2024  Exciting new venue! Join us at Ravinia Highland Park, IL Saturday, April 20th, 2024  6pm to 11pm REGISTER HERE For information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Emily Mishler, Director of Development, at emishler@adoptillinois.org

Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

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 "Program Introduction Meeting" above and scrolling to "Register Here" link. The following topics are covered at Program […]

Baby Care 101

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 […]

Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

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 "Program Introduction Meeting" above and scrolling to "Register Here" link. The following topics are covered at Program […]