February 24, 2010

Beyond Placement: Family Adjustment to Foster Care Adoption



After an adoption is finalized, it is not uncommon for both adoptive parents and their children to experience a period of adjustment as they transition to the changes that occur with finalization: the absence of previously ever-present professionals, changes in the schedule of birth family visitation, changes in family dynamics, etc. Families may experience challenges around their child's reworking issues related to loss and grief of birth family ties. Some families may struggle with how to fulfill the obligations of their open adoption agreement. This webinar will help parents understand and successfully navigate through these concerns.

Online Registration is now open!
Beyond Placement: Family Adjustment to Foster Care Adoption
Thursday, March 11th, 2010
9:00p.m - 10:30p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Fee: $25

To register for this training click here.

February 22, 2010

How trauma affects a child's development

This is an excellent interview with the co-author of "The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing". In this interview, Bruce Perry talks about a variety of topics regarding children who have experienced trauma. You can listen to the interview here.

February 15, 2010

The Stages of Waiting

Here is an article from an adoptive parent about the waiting process that is involved with adoption. Whether you are adopting domestically, internationally, privately...there is still WAITING! Here is one parent's journey through the roller coaster emotions involved in this wait. Check it out here.

February 9, 2010

Adoption Orientation in Dothan

You can change the life of an Alabama child!!!
This orientation is for those of you who would like to gain more information regarding adoption and also for those of you who are ready to begin the process. You are welcome to stay afterwards and ask specific questions and take a look at pictures/biographies of some of the Alabama children who are free for adoption and currently awaiting forever families.

Open your heart & home

You are cordially invited to the
Adoption Orientation

Monday, March 8, 2010
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
Recreation Fitness Center
1231 Fortner Street, Dothan, AL

Contact Lisa Williams at 334-673-0008 or lwilliams@casapac.org for more information.

Currently, there are more than 300 children in foster care in Alabama who are awaiting a loving and caring adoptive home. Many have never felt the warmth and joy that comes from a forever family. Most have been placed in agency custody due to parental neglect or physical abuse. The good news is that the lives of these children can be brightened forever by just one person - YOU!

APAC is a collaborative effort between Children’s Aid Society and the Department of Human Resources to provide education and support to Alabama's adoptive families.

February 8, 2010

Reassuring Our Children

Current events can trigger hidden fears and emotions that young adoptees have about birthparents or their place in their family. If your child seems worried and confused about current events, or even if she hasn't yet expressed concern, this article discusses ways that parents can help their children regain a sense of security. Check it out here.