APRIL 20TH MINI CONFERENCE

LOCATION AND MEETING  TIMES:

Church of St. Judes, 3606 Lufberry Avenue, Wantagh, NY 11793

6:30 PM – Welcome and Networking (Light Refreshments Snacks Served)

7:00 – 8:15 PM - Session I Workshops

8:15 – 8:30 PM - Break

8:30 – 9:45 PM – Session II Workshops

 

Session I Choices:

PRE/POST -ADOPTION WORKSHOP:

DOMESTIC INDEPENDENT VS. DOMESTIC AGENCY

Guest Speakers: Nina Rumbold, ESQ. and Denise Seidelman ESQ.: Adoption Attorneys

After making the decision to adopt, you are faced with choices on how you want to pursue your adoption.  One such choice is whether to use an adoption agency or do this via the independent route.  What are the pros and cons and what does it all mean?  Join these experienced and most knowledgeable attorneys as they explain the processes and address some of your concerns.

PRE/POST-ADOPTION WORKSHOP:

A NEW APPROACH TO DEALING WITH DIFFICULT AND DEFIANT BEHAVIOR

Guest Speaker:  Brian Quinn, LCSW, Ph.D.:  Author, Clinical Social Worker and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is a clinically-tested approach to difficult, defiant, and explosive behavior developed by Ross Greene, Ph.D. CPS offers new perspectives on the causes of challenging childhood behaviors and a unique and effective three-step approach for dealing with them. Come and explore ways to understand children whom exhibit challenging behavior when confronted with problems and situations that exceed their coping capacities as well as options for handling challenges.

POST-ADOPTION WORKSHOP:

THE TEEN YEARS -- ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS

Speakers:  Eva M. Ash, Ph.D.: is a clinical psychologist, adoptive parent and APC member specializing in adoption and general parenting coaching, adult individual and couples therapy.  Joanna Negro, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist specializing in adolescent psychotherapy, and individual and family therapy with children, adolescents and adults.

This enormously popular workshop addresses the challenges of parenting the teenaged child. Discussions will include the identification of adoption issues vs. normal teenage concerns, dealing with identity issues, peer pressure etc. and how to successfully discuss, address and solve issues with your teen.  This workshop always evokes lively conversations.

Session II Workshops:

PRE-ADOPTION WORKSHOP:

SPEAKING WITH BIRTHPARENTS & WRITING A PROFILE:

Guest Speaker: Aaron Britvan ESQ.:  Adoption Attorney & Adoptive Parent

A review of advertising options for those pursuing independent adoption will be presented and will include: writing and creating profiles for prospective birthparents as well as placing adoption advertisements. Answering the phone and speaking with  birth parents responding to your ad will also be addressed.

 PRE/POST ADOPT WORKSHOP:

TEEN/YOUNG ADULT PANEL

Moderated by: Karen Wasserman, APC Co-President and Adoptive Parent

Your child will grow into an adult adoptee in an environment shaped by you and those around you. What adoption issues might s/he experience? How will the world react to him or her having been adopted? What role might adoption play in their life choices? This is a heartwarming and immensely educational opportunity to truly learn about the affects of adoption by listening to the stories of young adult adoptees and asking key questions.

 PRE/POST-ADOPTION WORKSHOP:

THE GIFTS AND CHALLENGES OF ADOPTION FOR THE GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER FAMILY

Guest Speakers: Rob Coleman and John Tappin-Coleman, Adoptive Parents

This workshop will provide an overview of the unique issues and experiences encountered by the (LGBT) individual or couple. Dealing with the public, the school, friends etc. may present some significant challenges at times for you and your family.  Addressing issues from an educated and comfortable view will be encouraged. How to answer the “why do I have two mommies or daddies” question?

Please note:  April’s meeting is being replaced by our mini-conference – we will offer six workshops for pre and post families, a modest admission fee of $25.00 for APC members will be charged and our $75.00 APC membership fee will be charged for non-members.