Adoption and race have long been taboo topics to discuss in society, yet transracial adoptive families often have little choice but to discuss them openly and often. But finding the right words and focus, understanding the shifting landscape and complexity of these dialogues, and feeling comfortable speaking to your children about race and adoption can be complicated. Moreover, we often don’t know what we don’t know until we broaden our base of knowledge.
Participants in this conference will discuss:
  •  microaggressions both in race and adoption,
  •  the narrative burden,
  •  the pitfalls of the colorblind theory,
  •  the controversial “white privilege,”
  •  accessing racial mirrors, and, perhaps most importantly,
  •  the richness of being a person of color and being a member of those communities.
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9am-1pm
Olympia Hotel & Conference Center, Oconomowoc, WI$20/person | $30/twosome
About the Presenter
Michelle M. Hughes specializes in interactive diversity training, with an emphasis on transracial, international, and general adoption education. She is a frequent speaker at adoption conferences and adoption camps. Ms. Hughes is a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA), a member of the Chicago Bar Association Adoption Committee (Chair 2011-2012), and former Vice Chair of Cook County Bar Association Adoption Committee. She is also the former Co-Chair of the CI (Confidential Intermediate) advisory committee with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and a current member of the subsequent adoption advisory & CI committee.
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PARC’s 2nd Annual Fall Outing For Families
The Little Farmer Orchard & Farm Market
Grab your families and join PARC for our fall outing at The Little Farmer Orchard & Farm Market, located in Malone- just 10 miles north of Fond du Lac. Each family will receive their own bag for apples and will enjoy a wagon ride out to the “you-pick-your-own” orchards. Afterwards, we’ve rented the Straw Barn for families to meet and enjoy lunch! Bags for apple-picking and lunch will be provided for you, courtesy of the Post-Adoption Resource Center!
If you’re still looking for more to do, you can pick your own pumpkins, see the animals, enjoy the playground, try out the corn maze, or check out their shops. Any age is welcome!! Start a family tradition this year and join us at The Little Farmer!
Saturday, October 14th 
Wagon Rides to the Orchard start at 10 am, so please arrive 10 minutes prior.
Lunch will follow apple-picking, located in the Straw Barn

To Register:
Call or email Heather Hansen at 920-436-4360×1264 or postadoption     Please provide names of attendees and ages of ALL children attending, as well as any food allergies/requirements
The Little Farmer
N9438 Hwy 151
Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, Oct. 11th 
Space is limited, register early!
Heather Hansen, CSW
Program Coordinator | Post-Adoption Resource Center | Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin

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September 2017 | News and updates

(Text Obtained from Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)

For the 11th year, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption surveyed the nation’s employers in search of those with the best adoption benefits. The Foundation compares financial reimbursement and paid leave given to adoptive parents. This year, there is a new company topping the list.

American Express ranked number one, moving up 30 spots on the list from 2016. The company offers U.S.-based, regular, full-time and part-time employees up to $35,000 to aid with the cost of an adoption (up to a maximum of two events per employee). The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave to women and men welcoming a child through adoption.

Click here to view the complete Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace list.

The Foundation also recognizes employers by size, industry, best leave and foster care benefits. The 2018 survey will open in January.

The Wendy’s Company was the original advocate of the Adoption-Friendly Workplace program. The company put in place robust workplace adoption benefits more than 25 years ago. In 2016, The Wendy’s Company was awarded Forever Family status, which is an emeritus position on the Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace list that recognizes their continued commitment to these crucial benefits.

  (Text obtained from Brown County United Way Community Connections)
Brown County Child Abuse & Neglect Initiative in collaboration with the Wisconsin Trauma Project is hosting a FREE Trauma-informed Parenting workshop series starting September 11th. The training series will provide information and tools to help recognize and respond to behaviors that result from trauma. 

Why Trauma Informed Parenting?
Parenting a child or youth who has experienced trauma can be difficult. Families can sometimes feel isolated as if no one else understands what they are going through. Understanding how trauma affects children can help parents/caregivers make sense of their child’s behaviors; develop greater insight around how to help their child/children cope with the effects of trauma; and understand how to provide a safe and stable home environment. The curriculum is based on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Resource Parent Curriculum.

Who Should Attend?
This training is intended for adoptive, foster, biological parents/caregivers and providers working with children and families who have experienced trauma. 

Mondays; September 11thSeptember 18thSeptember 25thOctober 2nd
October 9thOctober 16thOctober 23rd & October 30th, 2017 (Please plan on attending all 8 sessions)

Complimentary Meal: 5:00-5:30 p.m. 
Trauma Parenting Workshop: 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. 
(Note: Childcare will be available if needed on a first come first serve basis. There is a limit of 15 children.) 

Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W, 201 W Walnut St #100, 
Green Bay, WI 54303

For more information please contact Shromona Bose- Bigelow at or 920-593-4769


Join Coalition for Children, Youth & Families for the first Open House of the year! The focus is for domestic and international adoptive families.
All attendants earn free training credits! The event will feature a professional photographer that will be present to take any family photos!