April 25, 2015 Long Island Meeting

Meeting Location:  Church of St. Jude; 3606 Lufberry Avenue;  Wantagh, NY

     6:30 PM - New Member Orientation, Pre & Post Support Groups/Networking

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

     8:00 PM - Workshops

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

PRE-ADOPT: Placing Advertisements, Writing Profiles and What to do When the Telephone Rings

Guest Speaker: Denise Alba, Adoption Consultant, Adoptive Parent and Adult Adoptee

This session will provide a detailed discussion of how to create and write a profile for prospective birth parents to view either on paper or on the web. The tools needed to place an advertisement and how to actually speak to a potential birth parent will be shared as well.

POST-ADOPT: Pediatric Medical Issues in Children Adopted Domestically and Internationally

Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Lee, MD; Winthrop University Hospital International Adoption Program

Exposure to prenatal substance abuse and effects will be discussed. 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? Attendees will gain an understanding of possible health related concerns and leave with less apprehension.

PRE and POST SUPPORT and NETWORKING:

      If the other worskhops offerd don't apply to you, please come and talk with others in your situation.  This is an open discssion group - a great place to get (and give) support in an intimate setting to others who are in the process or have already adopted.

 CHILDREN'S RELIEF COLLECTION: We will be collecting toiletries and gift cards to Target or Walmart (or money to purchase gift cards) for Little Flower Children's Service in Wading River.

 

SAVE THE DATE:

May 30 - LI General Meeting

June 6 - Candlelighting

August 31 - September 2 - Club Getaway in Kent, CT Mini-week    $304/Adult; $216/Child

                     Contact Jeri Gilbert for more information about this event: jgilbertphd@gmail.com

 

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