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2019-2020 Schedule of Events

9/21/19 - 7pm Panel Discussion: Adult Adoptees & Roundtable
10/26/19 - 6pm-9pm Halloween Party
11/24/19 - 8am-5pm APC 39th Annual Conference: St. Francis College
12/7/19 - 7pm Pre-Adopt Orientation & Roundtable
1/25/20 - 7pm Movie Night & Roundtable
2/29/20 - 5pm-8pm Pot Luck Dinner
3/21/20 - 7pm Speaker/Panel & Roundtable
4/18/20 - 6pm-9:30pm Mini-Conference
5/9/20 - 7pm Pre-Adopt Orientation & Roundtable
6/7/20 - 12pm-4pm Spring Picnic: Ridge Road Park, NY


Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings and parties will be held at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY.

Also watch for occasional last-minute Adults Nights out and Play Dates.

*All events, meeting topics and schedules are subject to change - please check our website regularly for updates, or write us at hudsonct@adoptiveparents.org

September Meeting - Adult Adoptee Panel Discussion

We are starting off the 2019-2020 year with a bang! We will be having a fascinating Adult Adoptee Panel Discussion in which adoptees will share their own unique perspectives and experiences with our group. This kind of meeting is incredibly valuable for adoptive parents and those planning on adopting, as it provides for us insights into our children’s experiences that we would not get elsewhere. Please join us September 21st at 7 pm, at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. The meeting will be followed by our “no holds barred” roundtable discussion where we can process the presentation, ask questions of our own, and both give and receive support from our wonderful community. This will be a meeting that you will not want to miss! We can’t wait to see you there!

Play Date - August 3rd

Come join your APC family for a very special play date on Saturday, August 3rd at 12:00 to 2:00 at the play ground at the Kensico Dam. We will be saying thank you to Liz for her five years as Chapter President, and welcoming Ligia to the job! Bring the whole family and a picnic lunch, and have fun in the sun. No need to RSVP, just meet us at noon at the play ground ready to have a great time!

Spring Picnic - June 1st

The annual APC Hudson/CT Spring Picnic will be held on Saturday, June 1st from noon to 4 PM.  The picnic will be held at beautiful Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale, at Pavilion #1. Register here!

Join us for fun, friends, and food!  Whether you are just starting your adoption process, waiting for your child to come home, or already parenting, this event is for you!  The picnic will be held at beautiful Ridge Road Park, complete with a great playground for the kids.  Thanks to the large pavilion, we will grill outdoors rain or shine.  We'll even have an ice cream truck! 

At the picnic we will hold our meaningful candle lighting ceremony - you can light a family candle in appreciation of a child who has joined your family through adoption, foster care, or birth over the past year, or a wish candle for the child who is yet to arrive.  So bring the whole family and some games to play, and get ready for a wonderful afternoon with our welcoming, friendly community.  Register here!  We can't wait to see you there!

Support Group

Please join us for a warm and welcoming Support Group on Saturday, May 4th, at 8 PM, directly following the Pre-Adopt Orientation. This support group is for everyone! All are welcome and encouraged to attend - whether you are just thinking about adopting, you’re waiting for your child to come home, you’re already parenting, or your kids are grown - this meeting is for you! It’s a wonderful opportunity to ask questions big and small, discuss issues amongst peers who really understand your perspective, and both give and receive support. The meeting will be held at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. The Support Group is free and no RSVP is required. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Pre-Adopt Orientation

Please join us for the last Pre-Adopt Orientation of the year, on Saturday, May 4th, at 7 PM. This meeting is specifically for those of you who are thinking about adopting, or who are just beginning the process. You will learn the basic ins and outs of the adoption process, presented by an adoption social worker. This event is perfect for those of you who recently got a taste of adoption at our recent November Conference. The meeting will be held at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. Although the meeting is free, RSVP is required, so please email us at hudsonct@adoptiveparents.org to register. After the Pre-Adopt, please stay for our wonderful Support Group at 8 PM. We can’t wait to see you there!

Play Date

Calling all families with kids!  Pack a lunch and blanket, and bring the whole family to Mill River Park in Stamford, CT.  We’ll meet at 11am at the award-winning Carousel then enjoy a free performance at 12:00pm.  Afterwards we can walk through the beautiful wildflowers and the largest cherry tree grove in New England to the playground for more fun.  

For parking and other information click on the link: www.millriverpark.org   The address is 30 West Broad Street, Stamford, CT.  The event is free and no RSVP is necessary.  We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Mini-Conference

The annual APC Mini-Conference, sponsored by the Hudson Valley/Connecticut Chapter, will be held on Saturday, April 6th from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NYClick here to register.

Our Mini-Conference committee has been hard at work creating a fascinating and educational schedule of talks given by adoption professionals and experts, perfect for both pre- and post-adopt families. 

See below for the final schedule and list of presenters and topics:

  • 6:00 - 6:45 - Registration and Dinner

  • 6:45 - 7:45 - Session 1 (Choice of three workshops)

  • 7:45 - 8:00 - Dessert and Break

  • 8:00 - 9:00 - Session 2 (Choice of three workshops)

  • 9:00 - 9:30 - Networking and clean up

Session 1:

  1. Foster Care Adoption - Lisa Goldberg, Esq.

  2. Understanding the Psychology of the Adopted Person, Everyday Tips for Adoptive Parents - Chris Deeg, Ph.D.; Northstar Consulting Associates

  3. Positive Adoption Language - Connie Hack, LCSW

Session 2:

  1. Surviving the Wait - Michael Goldstein, LCSW, Esq. & Joy Goldstein, LCSW; Forever Families Through Adoption

  2. Speaking About and Responding to Comments about Adoption - Carolyn Berger, LCSW

  3. Adoption in the Media - Zach Fried; Adoption Star

As you can see there is something for everyone!  It's going to be a wonderful evening of learning.  Click here to register.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Pot Luck Dinner

It may be cold outside, but we can warm up at a cozy pot luck dinner with our friendly APC community. We can't wait to see you at one of our favorite annual events - the APC Pot Luck Dinner!  The Dinner will take place on Saturday, February 9th from 5 to 8 PM at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY.  Click here to register.

Bring the whole family and a dish to share!  This event is for everyone - both pre- and post adopt families.  It's a great opportunity to get to know our welcoming APC community, develop friendships, and get involved.

Dinner is free, but RSVP is required.  Click here to register.  

If your last name begins with a letter between A and H please bring a main dish, if your last name begins with a letter between I and P please bring a dessert, and if your last name begins with a letter between Q and Z please bring a side dish or appetizer.

We can't wait to see you there!

Lifebooks - January 12th

Register now for an amazing program!  On Saturday, January 12th, from 2 to 5 PM, we will be having a special Lifebook program.  This unique event will be facilitated by adoption social workers from Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, who will help kids and their parents create beautiful, meaningful Lifebooks, which document the child's adoption story.  Click here to register.

This program will be open to families with kids ages 6 to 12, accompanied by at least one parent.  It will require some preparation work, including printing up photographs and talking on the phone with one of the social workers from Spence-Chapin.  The finished product and the experience are going to be amazing!

Because we are bringing in adoption professionals, and because they will be providing materials for the project, there will be a fee for the program.  The cost will be $35 per child.  Also, this event will only be open to current member families, so please make sure that your membership is active, and join or renew if necessary, before registering.  The event will be open to current members of all four APC chapters.

RSVP will be required for the event.  Because preparation will be involved, registration will be closing on January 5th, so please register ASAP.  Also please feel free to email us at hudsonct@adoptiveparents.org with any questions about the program. 


The program will be held at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NYClick here to register.  We can't wait to see you there!

Support Group

Please join us for a warm and welcoming Support Group on Saturday, December 1st, at 8 PM, directly following the Pre-Adopt Orientation. This support group is for everyone! All are welcome and encouraged to attend - whether you are just thinking about adopting, you’re waiting for your child to come home, you’re already parenting, or your kids are grown - this meeting is for you! It’s a wonderful opportunity to ask questions big and small, discuss issues amongst peers who really understand your perspective, and both give and receive support. The meeting will be held at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. The Support Group is free and no RSVP is required. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Pre-Adopt Orientation

Please join us for the first Pre-Adopt Orientation of the year, on Saturday, December 1st, at 7 PM. This meeting is specifically for those of you who are thinking about adopting, or who are just beginning the process. You will learn the basic ins and outs of the adoption process, presented by an adoption social worker. This event is perfect for those of you who recently got a taste of adoption at our recent November Conference. The meeting will be held at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, at 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale, NY. Although the meeting is free, RSVP is required, so please email us at hudsonct@adoptiveparents.org to register. After the Pre-Adopt, please stay for our wonderful Support Group at 8 PM. We can’t wait to see you there!

Play Date - November 4th

Gather the kids and let’s meet at 12:00pm, on Sunday November 4th, for art and culture at the Katonah Museum of Art.  The KMA offers innovative exhibitions that explore ideas about art, culture and society. 

As families, we will visit The Learning Center - an activity space for children of all ages to: enjoy art projects that coincide with the current exhibition, create sculptures, paintings, collages, etc.; learn about art through games, puzzles, and activities, and read stories about art and the visual world. 

Bring your lunch and let’s eat al fresco at the outdoor Sculpture Garden, surrounded by gorgeous Norwegian spruce trees.  The kids can release some energy while adults revel in calmness and visual pleasure. If weather does not comply, the Spot Lounge is a small area for snacking and reading art books. 

No RSVP is required, just meet us at the admissions area. Admission is $10 Adults, $5 Seniors, $5 Students, Members & Children Under 12 enter for Free.  The address is 134 Jay Street - Route 22, Katonah, NY 10536.  Visit KMA’s website at http://www.katonahmuseum.org for further information.  When you arrive at the front entrance, look for Ligia, who will be wearing a colordul heart on her left shoulder. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Halloween Party

Join us for fun, food, and friends at our annual APC Hudson/CT Halloween party!  Come in costume, and bring the whole family!  The party will take place on Saturday, October 20th, from 5 to 8 PM at our convenient Scarsdale location, the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane.  Dinner and dessert will be served.  There will be fun crafts and entertainment for the kids, and friendly conversation and community for the adults. 

Click here to register.

This event is for everyone, whether you are just beginning your adoption journey, you've got kids at home, or you're a long-time member, the Halloween party is for you!  This is one of our favorite APC events, so we can't wait to see you there!

This event is also for current members of any chapter of APC.  To check your current membership status before registering, please click here.

Kick off meeting - 09/22/18 - Panel Discussion

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!

Play Date 09/16/18

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!

Play Date - August 12th - Change of location

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.

IF rain lets up folks can keep the fun going by visiting Playland Park (www.playlandpark.org) AND/OR dining at Pier Restaurant andTiki Bar on the boardwalk (www.pierrestaurantandtikibar.com

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!

Spring Picnic

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 appreciatedClick here to register.  We hope to see you all there!