SINGLE PARETING: TALKING WITH THE PEOPLE IN YOUR WORLD ABOUT ADOPTION
Guest Speaker: Susan Spieler, PsyD. Clinical Psychologist, Adoptive Parent
This workshop is intended for Singles who are considering adopting and also for those who have already adopted. It will focus on the importance and challenges of creating a supportive community for yourself and your child/ren and how to go about it. Part of your role as an adoptive parent is to help the people in your world (family, friends, neighbors, educators) understand the ways that adoption effects adopted children and to decide how much or how little of your child's specific adoption story to share. Also included will be, “Why don’t I have a Mommy/Daddy question”.
PEDIATRIC ISSUES IN CHILDREN ADOPTED DOMESTICALLY & INTERNATIONALLY
Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Lee, MD Winthrop University Hospital International Adoption Program
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? Exposure to prenatal substance abuse and effects will be discussed. Attendees will gain an understanding of possible health related concerns and leave with less apprehension.
OPTIONS FOR DAYCARE
Guest Speaker: Roxanne Savage Director of H.U.G.S. Day Care, Child Advocate
What is the difference in daycare settings? What should you look for and how do you research your options? What are the most important questions you should ask and what should you expect from your daycare? This information packed workshop will help you with this all-important decision.
Moderated by: APC Board Member, Leslie Zindulka, LCSW-R
Join us in an interactive, open topic, discussion of current issues and experiences important to you during your adoption journey. This is a wonderful networking opportunity along with a safe environment to “vent”.
The Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufburry 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