September 22, 2012 General Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location:

Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Avenue, Wantagh, NY


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

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

8:00 PM – Workshops (Details Below)


Everything You Wanted To Know About Independent Adoption and Identifying Adoption Red Flags

Guest Speaker: Jeanine Castagna, Esq. Adoption Attorney

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.  Identifying potential scams will also be discussed. 


Guest Speaker: Cynthia Di Miceli:  Adoptive parent, APC member and owner of Advertising Consultant Services

Learn the different advertising options available to you while pursuing adoption. Explore why an advertising budget is needed, internet pros and cons vs. classified ads pros and cons, cost of ads and how to get the best coverage for your dollar. How to create a profile and options to help you stand out will also be discussed.


School Days: Kindergarten and Beyond    

Guest Speaker:  Ellen Murphy Hackett, MSW, Adoption Social Worker, Adoptive Parent

There will be an interactive discussion regarding various issues that affect the adopted child in the school setting from Kindergarten to high school graduation. Challenges also to be discussed include: dealing with school assignments, adolescent identity issues and delicate situations. Bring your questions.

The Wait: What To Expect When You Bring Your Child Home

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

This informative chat room discussion will address any issues or concerns related to pre and post adoption topics and how to prepare for that special day when you bring your child home.