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