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February 2021

Baby Care 101 – At ACI Office

February 23, 2021 @ 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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April 2021

Tips for the Toddler Years – At ACI Office

April 20, 2021 @ 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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May 2021

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

May 11, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar

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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Communicating With Your Child About Adoption – At ACI Office

May 20, 2021 @ 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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August 2021

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

August 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar

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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September 2021

ACI Annual Community Picnic

September 11, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

ACI's Annual Community Picnic.  Please come join us for a day of fun! CLICK HERE to Register

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December 2021

Communicating With Your Child About Adoption – At ACI Office

December 9, 2021 @ 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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January 2022

Understanding Domestic Adoption: From Matched to Possible Placement – LIVE WEBINAR

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar

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. 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 are adopting for the first time.…

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February 2022

Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

February 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 for all meetings. 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…

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Tips for the Toddler Years – At ACI Office

February 24 @ 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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March 2022

Attachment and Adoption – LIVE WEBINAR

March 22 @ 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

March 29 @ 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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April 2022

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

April 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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Program Introduction Meeting – LIVE WEBINAR

April 14 @ 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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African-American Hair Care: Styles 4 Kidz Hands-On Hair Care Workshop Level 1 – At Styles4kidz Salon

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Styles4kidz Salon, 235 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States
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This textured hair care presentation provides an overview of basic hair care, types, textures, and skincare.  This class will also cover an overview of protective styles, product recommendations and an introduction to individual braiding, plus Q&A with S4K stylist.  Only 10 spots available for this class.   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)…

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

April 26 @ 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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May 2022

Race and Adoption: A Panel Discussion – LIVE WEBINAR

May 14 @ 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

May 15 @ 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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