February 6 - Success Stories Night

Meeting Location: Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Avenue, Wantagh, NY

6:30 PM: New Member Orientation, Pre and Post Support Groups/Networking

7:15 PM: Chapter Business, Welcome New Children, Raffle

8:00 Success Stories 

For our February meeting we will be featuring a “Success Stories Night.” Rather than breaking up into small groups and attending workshops with a guest speaker, several of our families will present their success stories.  After all the participating families give a brief overview of their adoption journey, members will have the opportunity to sit down with the family they most relate to for a more in depth discussion.  We aim to have families that represent a number of different adoption situations.  Currently scheduled are families who have adopted in the following situations:

·      adopting “twins” (children very close in age from different birth mothers);

·      adopting after a failed situation;

·      adopting multiple children from the same birth family;

·      domestic private adoption – happened quickly;

·      domestic private adoption – long wait;

·      open adoption agreements;

·      same sex partners;

·      adopting as a single.

Last year’s “Success Stories Night” was a big success and we hope to see many members attend again this year.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

February 28, 2016 - Fun Station USA Family Day Outing

March 12, 2016 - General Meeting

April 2, 2016 - General Meeting

May 14, 2016 - General Meeting

June 11, 2016 - Candle Lighting

January 9, 2016 - Long Island Meeting

Meeting Location:  Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Avenue, Wantagh, NY

6:30 PM - New Member Orientation; Pre and Post Support Groups/Networking

7:15 PM - General Meeting:  Chapter Business, Welcome New Children, Raffle

8:00 PM - Workshops

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

Pre-Adopt: The Adoption Home Study: What To Expect When The Home Study Provider Comes

Guest Speaker: Leslie Zindulka, LCSW-R, Adoption Social Worker, Adoptive Parent and APC board member.

This informational workshop will provide you with valuable information on how to prepare for the home study and visit. Topics will include: what questions will the social worker ask, what documents will you need to have ready for the social worker, how the domestic independent pre-certification process work, international process and what to expect from the post placement visit after that special day when you bring your child home. This informative discussion will address any and all issues or concerns related to the home study visit.  Come with questions.

Post/Pre-Adopt:  What To Expect When Adopting Trans-racially and Trans-culturally 

Guest Speaker: E. Stefani Moon, MA, LPC Program Manager/Adoption Counselor

Open Arms Adoption Network and Adoptive Parent

This workshop will address the issues that occur when adopting across racial and cultural lines. The presenter will discuss what it may mean in your child’s life, from personal and family perspectives to societal aspects. How to answer the “Is that you child’?  question… to “How do I take care of the hair”? Attendees will gain an understanding of possible concerns and leave with less apprehension. Topics will include: accurate and positive terms and developmentally appropriate discussions with children.

Pre and Post Chat Room: 

If the other workshops offered don't apply to you, please come and talk with others in this informative chat-room discussion.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

January 10, 2016 - Cradle of Aviation Family Day Outing

February 6, 2016 - Success Stories Night

February 28, 2016 - Fun Station USA Family Day Outing

March 12, 2016 - General Meeting

April 2, 2016 - General Meeting

May 14, 2016 - General Meeting

June 11, 2016 - Candle Lighting


Saturday December 12, 2015 Kids Day

Saturday, December 12th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Come celebrate this season of family and togetherness at APC Long Island Kids Day!!
All members are welcome, wherever you are in your adoption journey, whether your family is you, a spouse, or includes kids.
We will have crafts & activities, and games, singing, & dancing with a professional entertainer.
Pizza, pasta, salad, and snacks will be served.
An evite will be going out to members soon.

October 17, 2015 Long Island General Meeting

Meeting Location:  Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Avenue, Wantagh, NY

6:30 PM - New Member Orientation; Pre and Post Support Groups/Networking

7:15 PM - General Meeting:  Chapter Business, Welcome New Children, Raffle

8:00 PM - Workshops

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

Pre-Adopt: Is This Situation Right For Me?

Guest Speaker: Jeanine Castagna, Esq. Adoption Attorney

Red flags are warnings that you should use caution in an adopton situation. This workshop will provide important information whether you are beginning or in the process of advertising.  The discussion will address the red flags that might suggest an underlying problem for which adoptive parents must stay alert, as well as issues that might concern prospective parents.  We will also touch on how to best network, multimedia advertising and speaking with birthparents.

Post-Adopt:  What are the Unique Developmetal Challenges When Adopting a Child?

Guest Speaker: Adam Holstein, P.D., L.P. Behavior Therapist and Psychoanalyst

The focus of this special workshop will be the social emotional challenges your school-aged child may experence when having  learning and/or developmental delays.  Find out what resources are available, and how best to help your child learn to express their needs while reducing acting out behavior.   Bring our questions.

Pre and Post Chat Room:

If the other workshops offered don't apply to you, please come and talk with others in this informative chat-room discussion.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

October 25, 2015 - Family Day at White Post Farms

November 22, 2015 - 35th Annual Adoption Conference at St. Francis College, Brooklyn

December 12, 2015 - Kid's Workshop (2 - 6 PM)

January 9, 2016 - General Meeting

February 6, 2016 - Success Stories Night

March 12, 2016 - General Meeting

April 2, 2016 - General Meeting

May 14, 2016 - General Meeting

June 11, 2016 - Candle Lighting



FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 LI MEETING

NOTE THE CHANGE IN DAY AND TIME

Meeting Location:  Church of St. Jude, 3606 LUfberry Avenue, Wantagh, NY

7:00 PM - New Member Orientation; Pre and Post Support Groups/Networking

8:00 PM - General Meeting:  Chapter Business, Welcome New Children, Raffle

8:30 PM - Workshops

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

PRE-ADOPT: Adoption Scams and 10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask Your Adoption Attorney

Guest Speaker:  Steven Sarisohn, Esq. Adoption Attorney

Which are the most important questions to ask and what basic information do you need when you begin a relationship with your attorney?  Points to be covered will include:  setting up an 800 telephone number, maximizing your ad budget, how to talk to a birth mother and identifying potential scams.  Successful domestic, independent adoptions made in a safe, ethical manner are attainable.  Learn about the process and come prepared to voice your concerns, share your thoughts and ask questions.

POST-ADOPT: Kindergarten and Beyond

Guest Speaker: Ellen Murphy-Keeley, LMSW

This workshop will discuss the various issues that affect the adopted child in the school setting from Kindergarten to High School graduation.  It will also touch on how to deal with school assignments, adolescent identity issues and delicate situations.  Bring your questions.

PRE and POST SUPPORT and NETWORKING:

If the other workshops offered don't apply to you, please come and talk with others in this informative chat-room discussion.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 - Family Fun Day at LI Children's Museum (contact Jeri Gilbert   - jgilbertphd@gmail.com for more information)

OCTOBER 17, 2015 - General Meeting

NOVEMBER 22, 2015 - 35th Annual Adoption Conference at St. Francis College

DECEMBER 12, 2015 - Kid's Workshop (2 - 6 PM)

JANUARY 9, 2016 - General Meeting

FEBRUARY 6, 2015 - Special Meeting:  Success Stories Night

MARCH 12, 2016 - General Meeting

APRIL 2, 2016 - General Meeting

MAY 14, 2016 - General Meeting

JUNE 11, 2016 - Candle Lighting

 

MAY 30, 2015 LONG ISLAND MEETING

Meeting Location:  Church of St. Jude; 3606 Lufberry Avenue;  Wantagh, NY

     6:30 PM - New Member Orientation, Pre & Post Support Groups/Networking

     7:30 PM - General Meeting: Chapter Business, Welcome New Children, Raffle

     8:00 PM - Workshops

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

PRE-ADOPT:Everything You Wanted to Know About Independent Domestic Adoption
Guest Speaker: Faith Rousso, Esq. Adult Adoptee

Successful private adoptions made in a safe, ethical manner are attainable. This session will provide a detailed discussion of the process and common pitfalls and situations all prospective adoptive parents need to watch out for when pursuing an independent domestic adoption. Learn about the steps to pre-certification and be prepared to ask questions.

PRE/POST-ADOPT: What To Expect When Adopting Trans-racially and Trans-culturally Guest Speaker: Missy Carvin, APC Board Member and Adoptive Parent

This workshop will address the issues that occur when adopting across racial and cultural lines. The presenter will discuss what it may mean in your child’s life, from personal and family perspectives to societal aspects. How to answer the “Is that you child’?  question… to “How do I take care of the hair”? Attendees will gain an understanding of possible concerns and leave with less apprehension.

PRE and POST SUPPORT and NETWORKING:

If the other worskhops offerd don't apply to you, please come and talk with others in your situation.  This is an open discssion group - a great place to get (and give) support in an intimate setting to others who are in the process or have already adopted.

SPECIAL: We will be having a "Book Share" for kids books about adoption.  Members are asked to bring children's books about adoption that they have to let other members know what books are good for various ages and situations. 

 CHILDREN'S RELIEF COLLECTION: We will be collecting toiletries and gift cards to Target or Walmart (or money to purchase gift cards) for Little Flower Children's Service in Wading River.

SAVE THE DATE:

June 6: Candlelighting

August 31 - September 2: Club Getaway in Kent, CT Mini-week    $304/Adult; $216/Child

                     Contact Jeri Gilbert for more information about this event: jgilbertphd@gmail.com

All Meeting info is subject to change.  Check back as any event approaches for current information.

April 25, 2015 Long Island Meeting

Meeting Location:  Church of St. Jude; 3606 Lufberry Avenue;  Wantagh, NY

     6:30 PM - New Member Orientation, Pre & Post Support Groups/Networking

     7:30 PM - General Meeting: Chapter Business, Welcome New Children, Raffle

     8:00 PM - Workshops

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

PRE-ADOPT: Placing Advertisements, Writing Profiles and What to do When the Telephone Rings

Guest Speaker: Denise Alba, Adoption Consultant, Adoptive Parent and Adult Adoptee

This session will provide a detailed discussion of how to create and write a profile for prospective birth parents to view either on paper or on the web. The tools needed to place an advertisement and how to actually speak to a potential birth parent will be shared as well.

POST-ADOPT: Pediatric Medical Issues in Children Adopted Domestically and Internationally

Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Lee, MD; Winthrop University Hospital International Adoption Program

Exposure to prenatal substance abuse and effects will be discussed. Is this typical behavior or an adoption issue? What do internationally adopted children have in common and what medical and developmental concerns should one be aware of when adopting domestically? Attendees will gain an understanding of possible health related concerns and leave with less apprehension.

PRE and POST SUPPORT and NETWORKING:

      If the other worskhops offerd don't apply to you, please come and talk with others in your situation.  This is an open discssion group - a great place to get (and give) support in an intimate setting to others who are in the process or have already adopted.

 CHILDREN'S RELIEF COLLECTION: We will be collecting toiletries and gift cards to Target or Walmart (or money to purchase gift cards) for Little Flower Children's Service in Wading River.

 

SAVE THE DATE:

May 30 - LI General Meeting

June 6 - Candlelighting

August 31 - September 2 - Club Getaway in Kent, CT Mini-week    $304/Adult; $216/Child

                     Contact Jeri Gilbert for more information about this event: jgilbertphd@gmail.com

 

All Meeting info is subject to change.  Check back as any event approaches for current information.