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March 2020

** DUE TO CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES POSTPONED UNTIL LATER DATE ** – Understanding Trauma: How Hard Experiences Can Affect Children and Why if Matters for You

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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April 2020

With the ever changing circumstances surrounding Covid19, ACI is postponing classes on an as needed basis to keep our community safe. We appreciate your patience.

April 1 - May 31

PLEASE NOTE:  We are working hard to reschedule all postponed classes to ensure families have access to these resources.

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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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May 2020

** DUE TO CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES POSTPONED UNTIL LATER DATE ** Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Workshop #2

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Adoption Center of Illinois, 5828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660 United States
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Trauma is an important topic for adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents because many children who have been adopted, especially those adopted at an older age or from foster homes/orphanages, have lived through traumatic experiences.  Children bring these traumas with them when they come into your home.  Traumatic stress reactions and other responses to trauma can cause children to behave in ways that may baffle you. Their relationship with you, with other adults, and even with their peers may feel…

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Domestic Adoption and Illinois Law – WEBINAR

May 19 @ 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.   REGISTRATION:  To register for this class, please email registration@adoptillinois.org.   Please include in the email (1) name of the…

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June 2020

** 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 – WEBINAR

July 11 @ 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 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 – WEBINAR

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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LGBTQ Panel – WEBINAR

July 23 @ 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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Program Introduction Meeting – Webinar

July 28 @ 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 held on a monthly basis and are free to the public. This meeting will be a webinar. Pre-registration is required for all meetings.   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 numbers. The following topics…

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