Thu, March 1, 6pm – 8pm
Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, 6682 W Greenfield Ave #310, Milwaukee, WI
DescriptionTalking with children already in the home, the adopted child, extended families, strangers, the medical community or the school system, communication can be complex. The unique needs of an adopted person involve a family/community system of support and understanding. We will introduce helpful tools to aid in this process. WI ACC 5 & 10 Hague ICA 96.48 C1

This training meets the State of Wisconsin Core Competencies for adoption as well as the Hague Convention on intercountry Adoptions standards for pre-adoptive families. Workshops are noted by WI ACC and Hague ICA codes.

  • Workshops will be held at the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, 6682 W. Greenfield Ave. #310, Milwaukee, WI 53214. Enter by the industrial driveway by the railroad tracks on Greenfield Ave. – use the SOUTH door to the children’s play area. Proceed up to the third floor, suite #310.
  • Each workshop is $75 per family. It may be appropriate to invite key extended family members/caregivers to certain workshops. Feel free to check with us on this request. Professionals (social workers, therapists, legal & educators) are also welcome to attend. Professional participant cost is $30 per person. Agencies and organizations may contact Jaclyn Skalnik for group/employee rates. Registration & payment can be completed online at, by snail mail or in person with check/credit card. Please register per session in advance.
  • Adoption Wellness will provide training certificates to participants after the workshops. The certificates will note the training hours and standards met.
  • Unless noted, these are workshops are adult only. Childcare is not provided.

About the workshop facilitator/trainer: Jaclyn Skalnik, MSW, LCSW is the founder of Adoption Wellness and is also a transracial, internationally adopted person. Jaclyn earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has assisted adoptive families throughout their adoption process for nearly two decades. She has presented at global conferences on matters concerning adoption and is passionate about educating and supporting adoptive families, educating adoption professionals and counseling adopted persons and their loved ones. Other professional experiences include international adoption-related travel throughout Asia and Latin America, homeland travel with adoptive families, and advocating on behalf of children who deserve permanency in a loving, healthy family. Jaclyn is a licensed and Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker, an adoption-competent child & family therapist, an adoption educator/trainer, a Hague Accreditation reviewer for the Council on Accreditation, a member of the National Association of Social Workers, world of Diversity trainer, adoptive family homeland journey social worker and has facilitated international birth-family searches and reunions. Jaclyn provides training to adoption professionals and is a certified C.A.S.E Training for Adoption Competency trainer and served on the 2014 Legislative Council Study Committee on Adoption Disruption and Dissolution for the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Jaclyn partners with other professionals, experts or colleagues for specific workshops based on the individual topic or workshop.For more information or questions, please visit or

Social media has revolutionized the way we connect with one another. This has meant that open adoption communication is more convenient than ever before. Social media, along with tools such as Google, can also mean that your tween or teen may be searching for information or birth relatives online. It also means she could be approached online by a birth relative…or someone posing as one. The possibilities are both exciting and terrifying.This webinar will share strategies and tips on how adoptive parents can:

1. Talk to their child about searching
2. Be aware of oversharing someone else’s story
3. Identify safety risks and how to avoid them
4. Institute limits on screen time and location

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Tina Feigal
Tina Feigal, M.S., Ed. is the Director of Family Engagement at Anu Family Services/Center for the Challenging Child in St. Paul, MN. As a former school psychologist, Tina’s passion is bringing peace to homes by helping caring adults to heal challenging child behavior with the specific, highly effective techniques of Present Moment Parenting. Learn more about Tina Feigal >
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Sat, February 24, 1pm – 4pm
Summit Place, Summit Conference Center, 6737 W Washington Street, West Allis, WI 

Come get out of the cold and enjoy an afternoon full of food, fun, and beach-themed activities! Casual dress is welcomed. We will have beach-themed props to take fun family pictures.

Cost is $5 per person; children 2 years old and under are free. This event is exclusively for families who use Coalition services.

Registration is required by Tuesday, February 20th. There is limited space available (150 tickets). 

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Questions? Call 414-475-1246 or email

Registration will close early if we reach capacity before the anticipated close date. There will be no exceptions, as counts need to be submitted to the venue prior to the event.

Sun, February 18, 2pm – 4pm
Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E Fairmount Ave, Milwaukee, WI 

One Circle Forward is excited to be hosting our very first Black History community program to celebrate, inspire and educate. We invite individuals and families from all over greater Milwaukee to join us. ALL ARE WELCOME!

The program’s theme is Wealth of Wisdom and Culture: A Celebration of African-Americans.
The Event will take place at Whitefish Bay High School in “The Link”.

This event is family-friendly with activities for all ages, and we will provide dessert and coffee social after the main program.

The opening speaker is the amazing Venice Williams, the executive director of Alice’s Garden and an inspiring, wise community leader in Milwaukee who will speak on the importance of celebrating black history for all Americans, especially in white majority communities.

We will also celebrate through energetic African Drumming and social justice songs performed by Jahmes Finlayson, a multi-talented local performer, teaching artist and musician. His music appeals to children as well as adults and is enjoyable and engaging! There will be other surprises and activities, and time to connect with one another.

Please register as soon as possible on this Eventbrite link:

Presented by One Circle Forward with additional support from:

Parents Advocating for CulturalEquality & Educational Excellence

From the Same Dust

and many others

Tue, February 6, 6pm – 8pm

Understanding what Trauma Informed Care is and how to implement it is essential to the care of children who have experienced trauma. This training is one in a series of three freestanding webinars intended to  help you help a child who has experienced adverse life events.

This webinar will explore the prevalence and impact of trauma. Understanding this is crucial to meeting the needs of someone who has been exposed to events such as domestic violence and substance abuse, separation/abandonment, mental illness, physical and sexual abuse, emotional and physical neglect, and acts of violence.

You will gain a greater understanding of how trauma occurs and contributes to difficulties in functioning. The impact of this process is profound, especially when the adverse event occurs during key developmental timeframes. The seminal ACE (adverse childhood experiences) study shows how early trauma also can have a serious effect on a person’s physical health in later life and, ultimately, impact life expectancy.

$80/agency group

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Questions? Contact us at or call 414-475-1246

About the Trainer: Michael Joranger, LCSW, is a staff development coordinator for SaintA. Michael has more than 30 years of child welfare experience in a variety of settings, including residential care, foster care case management, foster care licensing and placement, and foster parent education, as well as agency-wide staff development. Areas of specialty include bringing the SaintA Trauma Informed Care philosophy to a wider audience and crisis management training for agency staff and foster parents. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University, did graduate work at the University of Minnesota, and earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Wed, January 31, 6pm – 8pm
What is anxiety? Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. Children might feel anxious when faced with various problems, including separation, prior to taking a test, school activities, adjustment to family issues, and many more. For a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not diminish and may become more profound over time. The feelings may begin to interfere with daily functioning, creating difficulty in the child’s activities, school work, and relationships. It is important to recognize that there are a variety of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Each child experiences their own symptoms of anxiety that are specific to their own life situations.

This training you will teach you how to identify anxiety in your child, strategies to help them cope, and how to identify when additional help is needed. We will also provide education about the different anxiety disorders and how to best support the type of anxiety exhibited by your child. Helpful tips will be provided to best manage your child when anxious, how your child can communicate needs to peers and/or family, and how to function effectively within the school setting. 

About the Trainer: Tania Stolfa, LPC, received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2009. Tania has been practicing in the outpatient mental health setting since 2010, including working in Intensive In-Home, Supervisory Roles, and Programming for Mental Health. She is currently working on her advanced certification as an Adoption Competent Therapist. Tania has been working with children and families both in the child’s home and at the outpatient level since 2007. Tania is dually licensed in both the state of Wisconsin and Virginia.  She continues to specialize in working with trauma, attachment, and severe mental health disorders, working from a multi-systems approach, encompassing work with not only the client but the whole family. Most recently, Tania has gone into her own private practice with Engaging Therapies, LLC, in Waukesha County.

$20/single online participant / $80 agencies 

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Questions? Contact us at or call 414-475-1246

A Christmas Musical Celebration for the whole family presented by Kaplan University

Sunday, December 10, 2017, at the Mason Temple Church of God In Christ – 6098 N. 35th Street, Milwaukee

Hosted by V100.7’s Bailey Coleman and Minister Melvin Hood.  Our staff members, Ocie and Shari held a booth at one of the Biggest Celebrations of Christmas in Milwaukee!

On May 24, 2017, Assistant Director, Beth Garbe, was invited to come to Chappell Elementary School in Green Bay to receive a special gift.

Fifth-grade teacher, Kelly Hohman, greeted them along with a group of students. These students had chosen to research the topic of adoption for their exhibition project.  Without any assistance, these curious students found the Adoption Choice, Inc. website and located our agency wish list.  They wanted to do more than their assignment required and wanted to make a difference.  It was agreed upon within this group that they would make cork boards for the agency.

Some of our recent adoption finalizations from this past June have become the lucky recipients of the special cork boards!

Thank you to Mrs. Kelly Hohman at Chappell Elementary and her students for thinking of us!