FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 LI MEETING

NOTE THE CHANGE IN DAY AND TIME

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

7:00 PM - New Member Orientation; Pre and Post Support Groups/Networking

8:00 PM - General Meeting:  Chapter Business, Welcome New Children, Raffle

8:30 PM - Workshops

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

PRE-ADOPT: Adoption Scams and 10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask Your Adoption Attorney

Guest Speaker:  Steven Sarisohn, Esq. Adoption Attorney

Which are the most important questions to ask and what basic information do you need when you begin a relationship with your attorney?  Points to be covered will include:  setting up an 800 telephone number, maximizing your ad budget, how to talk to a birth mother and identifying potential scams.  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.

POST-ADOPT: Kindergarten and Beyond

Guest Speaker: Ellen Murphy-Keeley, LMSW

This workshop will discuss the various issues that affect the adopted child in the school setting from Kindergarten to High School graduation.  It will also touch on how to deal with school assignments, adolescent identity issues and delicate situations.  Bring your questions.

PRE and POST SUPPORT and NETWORKING:

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:

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 - Family Fun Day at LI Children's Museum (contact Jeri Gilbert   - jgilbertphd@gmail.com for more information)

OCTOBER 17, 2015 - General Meeting

NOVEMBER 22, 2015 - 35th Annual Adoption Conference at St. Francis College

DECEMBER 12, 2015 - Kid's Workshop (2 - 6 PM)

JANUARY 9, 2016 - General Meeting

FEBRUARY 6, 2015 - Special Meeting:  Success Stories Night

MARCH 12, 2016 - General Meeting

APRIL 2, 2016 - General Meeting

MAY 14, 2016 - General Meeting

JUNE 11, 2016 - Candle Lighting