Attachment & Bonding in Adoption
Wed, July 12, 6pm – 8pm
Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, 6682 W Greenfield Ave #310, Milwaukee, WI 
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Adoption Wellness offers a comprehensive pre/post adoptive family training. All trainings meet 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 I CA codes. We will introduce the basic attachment process in children and adults and the resulting recognition of how this process impacts relationships, lifelong.
This workshop will also offer bonding techniques for adoptive parents to be aware of. Offered on Feb 1 & July 12. WI ACC 3 Hague ICA 96.48 B5 & C1. Use the SOUTH door by 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 me for group/employee rates.
Registration & payment can be completed online at www.adoptionwellness.com, 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, CAPSW 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, a 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 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 www.adoptionwellness.com or email jaclyn@adoptionwellness.com

 Umoja- A Black Heritage Experience

Created for families raising black and bi-racial children, this experience provides an opportunity for children and their families to examine, explore, reflect, understand, and

celebrate the rich and diverse traditions of black identities and culture in the US.

 

If this fits your family, please plan to join us at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, WI from November 3—5, 2017. Registration and check in will be Nov. 3rd at 4:00 pm.

Conference Fees will increase after August 1st, so register early!

For more information and registration form, visit www.umojabhe.com

Mission 

  • UMOJA, INC will empower transracial families (primarily families with black children and parents of another culture) to raise children that will:
  • Have a positive black identity
  • Be able to talk about race in an honest and open way
  • Feel comfortable in all different cultures
  • Handle basic skin and hair care
We will do that by providing a powerful weekend experience for the entire family, which will include age appropriate breakout sessions and large group cultural celebrations.
Adopting the Older Child: Fostering Safety & Security
Thu, June 22, 6pm – 8pm
About the Training It’s no secret that adopting an older child has its own unique challenges. On a rough day, navigating those challenges can be exhausting. You may question if your child will ever attach, or if you are equipped to meet your child’s needs. You may wonder why everything you try just seems to make things worse. And parenting “advice” from friends and family who don’t understand can leave you feeling even more isolated and overwhelmed. The good news is there is help. Join us for this webinar where we will explore: The relationship between brain development and attachment Distinguishing between “normal” behavior vs. trauma-related behavior The emotional conflicts for both YOU and your child When to use structure and discipline vs. reassurance and nurturing Common pitfalls that hurt more than help Keys to fostering safety and security for everyone in the home How to “center” yourself to provide the healing your child needs.
About the Trainer Mary Nervig, LCSW is a clinical social worker who has been in private practice since 1995. Her clinical specialties are in attachment, early life trauma, and adoption. She is certified in EMDR and has extensive experience and training in understanding and working with attachment and early life developmental issues. $20/single online participant / $80 agencies The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. 
Register online at: https://adoptolderchild.eventbrite.com Questions? Contact us at info@coalitionforcyf.org or call 414-475-1246

“They all have competing claims on him and they all perhaps love him and need him for slightly different reasons,” she says. “But if I have done my job right, the reader will understand that there is not one of these characters who would not give their life for this boy.”A new novel by Thrity Umrigar reflects the fact that Anton belongs to both his black biological mother and his white adopted family.

The boy, Anton, winds up in the hearts and arms of David and Delores Coleman, a prominent political couple who raise him with all the advantages their name, wealth and love can offer. Anton grows up to be a man of character and distinction — and then discovers the truth: that his adopted father manipulated his biological mother into giving him up.

For a inside interview about Umrigar’s new book click here!

 

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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.

After answering some of their questions regarding adoption, Beth was presented with the beautifully made cork boards and explained they are to be given to the next four children who are adopted “So they can hang pictures of their birth family and adoptive family and always have them close”, said one of the students.

We have some adoption finalization court hearings occurring in June and those children will be the lucky recipients of the special cork boards!

Thank you Chappell Elementary!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Adoption Grants

Adoption Choice, Inc. is pleased to announce we are now able to offer adoption grants to families who are working with Adoption Choice, Inc. and have an approved home study!  These funds will be distributed to families who need assistance funding a portion of their adoption. Families pursuing domestic or international adoption are welcome to apply. Grants will only fund a portion of the total adoption costs. Families must be able to financially support a child in their home as well as have resources for the remaining financial requirements of adoption. 

If you are interested in applying for an adoption grant, please one of our locations and request an application or download the application here.

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 ACTION ALERT

 

As many of you know, the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) is vulnerable and may be eliminated as part of tax reform – and we need your help to save it. Join us as we work to keep the pressure on Congress to save the credit that makes it possible for all families to adopt.

Now is the time for you to tell your story, and let your legislators know what the Adoption Tax Credit has meant for you and your family. Your voice matters – legislators will only #SaveTheATC if they understand the real-world impact and feel that their constituents support it.

 
Here are 8 easy steps to share your story directly with your Members of Congress!

  1. Click here. Using your phone or computer with a camera:
  2. Click Send Video. A new window will pop up – click Make a Video.
  3. The camera will turn on, and you’re ready to record! Click the red button to start recording.
  4. When you’re done telling your story, click the red button again to stop recording.
  5. Review your video to make sure it’s what you want, and re-record if you want to make any changes.
  6. Click Send Video Message – and you’re done!
  7. Enter your info or log in with Facebook – it will ask you if your zip code is correct. Click confirm to send the message to your Members of Congress!
  8. Click the Facebook and Twitter buttons to share immediately with others and encourage them to take action too!
And don’t stop there – once you’ve recorded your story, make sure to share it on
Facebook and Twitter! Here are some sample tweets and posts, along with an attachment that lists each Member of Congress’ Twitter handle so you can tweet at them directly.
  • The adoption tax credit made adoption possible for me and my family. Watch my story here [LINK] #SavetheATC #taxreform 
  • For me and thousands of families, the adoption tax credit made adoption possible. Watch my story here [LINK] #SavetheATC #taxreform 

Sample Facebook Post:   
Without the adoption tax credit, I would not have been able to bring home my child[ren]. Watch my story here! [LINK]. Please join me and tell Congress we must save this credit! #SavetheATC #taxreform

# taxreform

Schylar Baber
Executive Director
Voice for Adoption
202-210-8118
director@voice-for-adoption.org
Life Before Adoption
Wed, June 7, 6pm – 8pm
Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, 6682 W Greenfield Ave #310, Milwaukee, WI 53214, 
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      Adoption Wellness offers a comprehensive pre/post adoptive family training. All trainings meet 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 I CA codes. Understanding the known or unknown history of the adopted person and the histories of the adoptive parents are helpful when processing the dynamics of how these histories impact the family relationship and the dynamics of parenting.
Offered on June 7 & Nov 15. WI ACC 7 & 9 Hague ICA 96.48 B2, B4, C1 & C2
● 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 me for group/employee rates. Registration & payment can be completed online at www.adoptionwellness.com, 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, CAPSW 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, a 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 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 www.adoptionwellness.com or email jaclyn@adoptionwellness.com

Some celebrities, sports stars, and entrepreneurs all started out in foster care. Read their stories and become inspired to achieve success in life. Keep moving forward, one step at a time and you will thrive. 

 Recognize some of these faces? Find out their inspirational stories here!

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