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