We're kicking off the official APC year with a fantastic event on Saturday, September 22nd at 7 pm. We will have a Panel Discussion on "A to Z Adoption". Speakers will present on a variety of adoption experiences and adoptive families, including special needs adoption, blended adoptive/biological families, single parent adoption, LGBTQ adoption, and adopting over 40. Our speakers will share their unique experiences, and there is sure to be an interesting and spirited discussion. The panel discussion will be followed by our "no holds barred" roundtable at 8:30 pm. This meeting is for everyone - waiting families, those who are already adopted, people just starting out on their journey - everyone will be able to learn and participate in this special event. The meeting will be held at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. We can't wait to see you then!
Calling all families with kids! Let's take advantage of the warmth before the weather turns colder, with a fun APC play date. Meet us at 12:00 on Sunday, September 16th, at the Bruce Park playground, at 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. For those of you who have never been there, the Bruce Park playground is a truly amazing playground, with unique climbing structures, and numerous play areas so there is plenty of fun for kids of all ages! Bring a lunch, and spend some quality time with our wonderful community. We're looking forward to seeing you then!
Due to the forecast of rain, we are moving our play date for tomorrow to the Westchester Children's Museum, at 100 Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580. Check out all the neat exhibits at www.discoverwcm.org. The Museum is designed for children from toddlers to age 12. Regular exhibits include a Toddler Space, Build your own Roller Coaster, and a Wind Tunnel Design Challenge, plus there will be a cool Science Sunday Art Workshop on Chromotography from 11:30 to 2:30, if you are interested. We'll meet at 12:00 pm right inside the admissions area.
Admission is $7 per person, but check out the website for a variety of discounts that may apply to your family, including the ACM Reciprocal Network where participating museums across U.S. offer 50% admission discount.
Park at the Playland parking lot for $10. The entrance for the Westchester Children's Museum is on the beach boardwalk, NOT through Playland Amusement Park.
Currently there is NO Cafe service available but there is a dedicated dining space if we bring our own lunch/snacks.
The Westchester Children's Science Museum is amazing, and with our amazing group of families, a great time is guaranteed, rain or shine! We can't wait to see you all there!
Please join us for the annual APC Hudson/CT Spring Picnic, on Sunday, June 10th, from 12 to 4 pm. The picnic will be held at beautiful Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale, at Pavilion 2, complete with grill, playground, and pavilion so the picnic will go on, rain or shine. We invite all of our APC families to join us for this event - whether you are brand new to APC, you are waiting for your child to arrive, your family is complete, or your kids are already grown, we hope that you will all join us for an afternoon of wonderful community, good food, and fun. There will even be an ice cream truck! Additionally, we will be having our annual Candle Lighting, a beautiful tradition, at the picnic. Light a Family Candle in thanks for children who joined our families in the past year through foster care, adoption, or birth, or light a Wish Candle for those yet to come home. While we will welcome walk-ins, preregistration is greatly appreciated. Click here to register. We hope to see you all there!
Please join us for the last Support Group of the year on Saturday, May 19th, at 8 PM at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY, directly following the Pre-Adopt Orientation. This meeting is perfect for everyone - whether you are exploring adoption, waiting for your child to arrive, or already parenting. Come prepared to share, listen, ask questions, and both give and receive support from our welcoming community. The meeting is free, and no registration is required. We hope to see you then!
Please join us for the last Pre-Adopt Orientation of the year on Saturday, May 19th at 7 PM, at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. This meeting is geared for families just starting their adoption journey, or exploring the possibility of adopting. You will learn the basic ins and outs of adopting via agency, attorney, foster care, and international adoption. The event is free, but pre-registration is required, so please email at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. After the Pre-Adopt, please stay for our friendly, no-holds-barred Support Group at 8 PM. We are looking forward to seeing you then.
Please join us for the annual Adoptive Parents Committee Mini-Conference, hosted by the Hudson/CT chapter of APC! The Mini-Conference will take place on Saturday, April 21st from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. The evening will feature six presentations by adoption professionals and experts on a variety of relevant and important topics of interest to both pre- and post-adopt families. A light dinner and dessert will be served, and there will be ample time for networking with presenters and your adoption community. The Mini-Conference will be open to members of all APC chapters, and to the general public. Put it in your calendar now, as it is shaping up to be a wonderful event, and you will not want to miss it! Click here to register!
6:00 – 6:45 – Dinner
6:45 – 7:45 – Session 1
· Homestudy Preparation – Kathy Brodsky, LCSW
· Adoption Medicine – Elaine Schulte, MD
· Adoption and the Schools – Beth Friedberg LCSW - Spence Chapin
7:45 – 8:00 – Break
8:00 – 9:00 - Session 2
· Adoption Profiles - Kerry Mulvihill, JD
· Attachment and Adoption – Bob Bamman, LCSW
· Attention and Behavioral Issues - Elaine Schulte, MD
9:00 – 9:30 – Dessert and networking
Dr. Elaine Schulte, Medical Director, Adoption Program, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore - Adoption Medicine
Kathy Ann Brodsky LCSW, Adoption.NET, The Adoption Maven - Preparing for your Homestudy
Beth Friedberg LCSW, Associate Director, Modern Family Center, Spence Chapin - Adoption and the Schools
Bob Bamman, LCSW, Rennicke & Associates - Attachment and Adoption
Kerry Mulvihill, JD, Rosin, Steinhagen, & Mendel - Adoption Profiles
Just because the forecast calls for possible snow in April, doesn't mean that we can't all warm up with our APC community. Join us at Rockin Jump in Mt. Kisko, at 1 PM, this Saturday, April 7th. The kids will let off some steam, while the adults have some good bonding time. Although there is no RSVP required for this event, there is a fee for Rockin Jump. Reservation, prepayment, and waiver can all be found at: mtkisco.rockinjump.com. We hope to see you there!
Please join us for an adults-only night out with your friends from APC! On March 24th, at 7 PM, meet us at the Rye Grill & Bar, at 1 Station Plaza, Rye, NY 10580. Come for drinks at 7 PM, dinner at 8 PM, or stay for both! It will be wonderful to have a relaxing night out, and a delicious dinner, all with the fantastic company of our friendly, supportive community. Whether you are new to APC, waiting to adopt, parenting, or have been an APC member for 20 years, this event is for you! Please note that this event is open to current APC members only, so please check that your membership status is up to date before registering. Also, note that RSVP is required and space is limited, so please click here to register ASAP! There is no fee for registration, however all attendees will pay for their own drinks and dinner. It will be a fun night, so we hope to see you there!
Please join us for the next APC Hudson/CT meeting, on Saturday, March 10th at 7 PM, exploring the question: "Which Path to Adoption is Right for my Family?" Speakers will include Michael Goldstein, Esq., adoption attorney, and Joy Goldstein, LCSW, founder of adoption agency Forever Families Through Adoption. Joy and Michael are adoption experts and long-time APC members, who will present on the intricacies, and pros and cons, of the different paths to adoption. This talk is perfect for any of you who have attended our Pre-Adopt Orientations recently, and anyone else who is considering how to proceed with your adoption plan. Come prepared with any and all questions, because Michael and Joy have the experience and expertise to answer them all! The meeting will be held at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY, and will be followed by a general roundtable discussion at 8:30. The meeting is free, and there is no RSVP required. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!
Following the Pre-Adopt, we will holding a Support Group Meeting at 8 PM on January 20th, at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. The Support Group is a perfect opportunity to meet members of our community, listen, share, and provide support for each other. It is open to both pre- and post-adopt families. Perhaps you are brand new to the idea of adoption, and want to hear from other families who have gone through the process. Or you're waiting for your child to come home, or don't know how to ask some of the tough questions your child has been asking about adoption, or you're thinking about adoption again. Whether you're a newbie, or your kids are 20, the Support Group Meeting is meant for you. The Support Group is free, and requires no RSVP, so we hope to see you there!
Our next Pre-Adopt Orientation will be held at 7 PM on January 20th, at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale NY. This meeting will teach you the basic ins and outs of the adoption process, and is aimed at families just beginning your adoption journey. If you are exploring whether adoption is right for your family, or if you are considering which path to adoption is right for you, this meeting is for you. Although the Pre-Adopt is free, it is by RSVP only, so please email us at email@example.com to preregister. The Pre-Adopt will be followed by a general Support Group meeting at 8 pm, so please stay for a warm, supportive conversation. We're looking forward to seeing you there!
Please join us on Saturday, December 2nd, at 7 pm for a very special event. We will have a Panel Discussion featuring adoptees and their parents, sharing their personal experiences of searching for, finding, and reuniting with their birth families. This will be a compelling and intimate discussion, which is sure to be of great interest to both pre- and post-adopt families. Each of the presenters has a unique and fascinating story, and we are greatly appreciative for their openness and perspective. Questions from the audience will be welcome, and the panel will be followed by a round table discussion. The event will be held at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. We hope to see you all there.
In case you think that we have forgotten about the kids, we will be having our annual APC Hudson/CT Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28th, from 5 to 8 PM. Our new Party Planning Committee has been hard at work to make this year's party even more fun! We will have dinner, our favorite magician, crafts, treats, and more! Come in costume and bring the whole family! Please note that the party will be held on October 28th, not the 21st, as originally indicated, due to a conflict with our location.
This year, we will be holding the party at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY, complete with full kitchen for easier dinner prep. Please click here to preregister, as you will save $5 per family for RSVPing by October 27th.
And, don't forget to renew your APC membership prior to registering for the party, in order to get APC member rates. Visit the APC website at www.adoptiveparents.org to renew or join.
Also, we will be doing something a little different this year. APC kids ages 12 and up may register to run crafts activities for the younger kids. This is a great way for older APC kids to stay involved, and to fulfill any community service requirements. Please indicate whether you have kids who plan on volunteering on your registration form.
This is one of our favorite APC traditions! We can't wait to see you all, along with your favorite super heroes, mermaids and and wizards, at the party!
Since we have had so many fun events for kids and families recently, our Social Coordinator has decided to plan something very special so that the adults can get out, relax, and spend some quality time together. On Saturday, October 14th, we will meet for drinks at 7 pm and dinner at 8 pm at beautiful Harvest on Hudson, located at 1 River St., Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706. It is going to be a great evening!
Please preregister ASAP, indicating whether you will be joining us for drinks, dinner, or both, as there is a limited amount of seating available. Also, since seating is limited, this event is for APC members only. Registration is just to let us know that you will be attending, and does not cover drinks or dinner. Click here to sign up.
Harvest on Hudson is a fabulous restaurant with yummy food, situated with gorgeous views of the Hudson River. Good food, great company, beautiful sights... what could be better? We hope to see you there!
Everyone is invited to join us for our first Support Group Meeting of the year on Saturday, September 16th at 7 pm at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. This meeting is for everyone. People sometimes think that the Support Group meetings are geared towards Pre-Adopt or waiting families. It is true that we welcome and encourage our Pre-Adopt families to attend, especially those who register for the Pre-Adopt Orientation, as the support groups are a wonderful opportunity to get information and receive support. But Post-Adopt families are equally as welcome to participate. Perhaps your child is asking questions that you don't know how to answer, or something adoption-related came up at school and you don't know the beset way to deal with it, or your child is talking about searching for their birth families and you have concerns. Whatever stage your family is at, and whatever adoption-related issues you are encountering, you are welcome to attend and participate in the Support Group. It is also a great opportunity to give back to the APC community by offering support and guidance to the Pre-Adopt families who attend. There is no preregistration required and the meeting is free, so please, everyone, join us!
We are planning our first Pre-Adopt Orientation of the year for Saturday, September 16th at 7 pm at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. This meeting is geared for people who are just starting out in the process; perhaps you are considering whether adoption is right for you, or are trying to decide the best path to adoption for your family. If so, this event is for you. You will learn the basic ins and outs of the adoption process from one of our long-time members who works in the adoption field. Although the event is free, preregistration is required. So, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Afterwards, stay for our no-hold-barred, wonderfully supportive Support Group Meeting at 8 pm.
The last APC Hudson/CT play date and picnic was so successful, and so much fun, that we are planning another one! Please join us for a BYO Picnic and Play Date at Pierson Park, 238 W. Main St., in Tarrytown at 11:00 AM on August 13th. Bring the whole family, a picnic blanket, some lunch, toys and games, and come hang out with our amazing APC community. Pierson Park has an fun sprinkler pad in case of hot weather, so be sure to bring bathing suits for the kids. There's also a great play ground, walking trails, and lots of space for picnicking. There is no RSVP necessary; just come and join in the fun and community. Please email email@example.com with any questions. We hope to see you all there!
Saying goodbye can be hard, so we have planned a special Going Away Picnic/Play Date for two of our beloved APC families. Both the Carvin and Folkson families will be moving away at the end of this summer, and we wish them well. Many of you know that Missy and Brian have been very active members of the APC leadership for years, with Missy having served as Hudson/CT Co-President and now Vice President of Tri-State, and Brian having served as our Membership Chair. You may also know that Mirella has run Pre-Adopt Orientations, helped plan this year's very successful Mini-Conference, and basically volunteered in any way possible. Both families, including their wonderful children, will be deeply missed, and so we will be gathering to spend some good, quality time with them before they move. We will have a BYO Picnic and Play Date at the Kensico Dam at noon on July 22nd. Bring the whole family, some lunch, toys and games, and come hang out with our amazing APC community. The Kensico Dam has a beautiful lawn and great playground. There is no RSVP necessary; just come and join in the fun and community.
Please join us for fun, food and friends the annual APC Hudson/CT Spring Picnic on Sunday, June 11th, from 1 PM to 4 PM at Ridge Road Park, Pavilion 2, in Hartsdale, NY. Bring the whole family for yummy BBQ, fun and games! Our picnic area has a designated playground, and a pavilion so that the picnic goes on, rain or shine. The picnic will be perfect for everyone; APC newbies can meet others in our friendly, supportive community, families with kids can form their own friendships, and waiting families can appreciate some adorable inspiration. RSVP is appreciated, so please click here to preregister. We can't wait to see you there!