APRIL 16, 2016
The annual Adoptive Parents Committee Mini-Conference will be held on April 16th from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM, at the Port Chester Girl Scout House in 64 Parkway Dr., Port Chester, NY 10573. Choose from six interesting and dynamic presentations by expert adoption professionals. A light dinner will be served, and there will be time for networking and mingling. This event will be relevant for both families planning to adopt, and those already parenting children via adoption. Click here for more information. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Click here to register.
1. Adoption 101
Joy Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Forever Families Through Adoption
Michael Goldstein, Esq., LCSW, Adoption Attorney, Co-Founder of Forever Families Through Adoption
2. In Living Color: Life as a Transracial Family
Susan Myers, MSW, District Supervisor at Adoptions from the Heart
3. Talking to Your Kids and Others About Adoption
Anne Malave, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Author of Dear Anne article in AdopTalk
4. Advertising and Social Media
Jess Mackta, Founder of consulting firm AdoptionEngine, LLC.,
Susan Krieger, M.A., Founder, In Addition, Inc.
5. Talking to Birthmothers
Lisa Schuman, LCSW, Director of Mental Health Services at RMAC
6. Adoption and the Schools
Laura Ilowite, MSW, Outreach Manager of the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin
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The Adoptive Parents Committee (APC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit parent support group comprised of volunteers dedicated to improving all aspects of adoption and interim (foster) care. APC, the oldest adoptive parent group in North America, was formed in 1955 by a small group of people who shared their adoptive experiences. Today, there are more than 1,500 member families who belong to one of APC's four chapters: Long Island, New York City, New Jersey and the Connecticut/Hudson Region. Some of our members are from Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states throughout the country.
APC is an advocate for humanitarian improvements in the adoption and foster care system. Our goal is to Let Every Child Eligible For Adoption Become Available for Adoption. APC is also committed to educating the public, the media and its members about current adoption issues.
The Board of Governors of APC publishes ADOPTALK, a monthly newsletter. We maintain an active Resources Committee which researches and monitors adoption throughout the world. The Legal Advisory Committee assists members and legislators on matters of foster care and adoption. The Adoption Awareness and Education Committee acts as a resource to the adoption community.
Local chapters hold monthly meetings which feature guest speakers, panels and discussion groups to inform the membership about parenting and adoption concerns. Pre and post adoption workshops are available to members. Each chapter has a bookstore which carries an array of books and other materials covering topics on adoption and parenting. Family events, including a picnic and holiday party, are held throughout the year.