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An Evening With Adoptees” a panel of adults who were adopted, as babies/children will share their stories and take questions from the audience.

Pre-adoptive parents, Adoptive Parents, Adoption Professionals, Medical Professionals, Legal Professionals, Educators, and those whose lives are touched by adoption; personally or professionally. 

*This workshop offers two credit hours for the State of Wisconsin and Intercountry Adoption Hague Convention training requirements. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 6-8 pm

The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families

6682 W. Greenfield Avenue, Suite 310

Milwaukee, WI 53214

Cost: $50 per family or $30 per professional

Please note: This will be an intimate workshop with mature content. The panelists will include diverse experiences and perspectives with a wide range of themes. Parents, please use discretion on bringing teenagers.

Register by 12/4: under “Family Training Workshops.” Payments can be made online or in person with cash or check.

You are welcome to forward this to anyone who may benefit from this workshop.

Ask your local library to display adoption-related books
Lifetime’s Founder and adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has written several books on adoption including AdoptingOnline.comAdoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide, Called to AdoptionSo I Was Thinking About Adoption… and The Healthcare Professional’s Adoption Guide. 

The more we can showcase in our local communities the more this month will receive recognition. Join us in the effort to spread awareness!

Positive Adoption Language

USA adoptions resourcesUsing positive adoption language will help end the myth that adoption is second best. By using positive adoption language, you’ll reflect the true nature of adoption, free of stereotypes.Words have the power to change our perspective. Even the most well-meaning people can harm someone with their words simply because they do not understand. Understanding specific language can help with sensitive situations, like adoption.

Whether you are speaking with an adoptive family or a birthmother, the chart below will help you, or your well-meaning friends and family members, use words that won’t unintentionally harm anyone.

Purchase adoption jewelry

Getting adoption-related jewelry for yourself or someone you know who has been touched by adoption. Wearing an Adoption Prayer Bracelet is a lovely way to display your adoption hope and a reminder to pray for your adoption and those involved in the adoption. All profits from Adoption Prayer Bracelets to go the non-profit organization Lifetime Foundation, which helps birthmothers, children, and adoptive parents.

History of National Adoption Month

(Text Obtained from Child Welfare Information Gateway)

For over two decades, National Adoption Month has been promoted and celebrated every November in communities across the country. Many national, State, and local agencies as well as foster, kinship care, and adoptive family groups will help spread the word through programs, events, and activities that help raise awareness for thousands of children and youth in foster care who are waiting for permanent, loving families.

Read below to learn how National Adoption Month started and grew to what it is today.

  • 1976

    Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care.

    Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis
  • 1980
  • 1984

    President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Weekexternal link.

    President Reagan
  • 1990
  • 1995

    President Clinton expanded the awareness week to the entire month of Novemberexternal link.

    President Clinton
  • 1998

    President Clinton directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a plan to expand the use of the Internet as a tool to find homes for children waiting to be adopted from foster care.

    President Clinton
  • 2000
  • 2008

    President Bush provides an explanation of National Adoption Month in Spanish.

    President Bush
  • 2010


Thousands of children are waiting for their forever home.

Join us this month by spreading events, messages, and stories to raise awareness for the adoption community! 

For more:
Sat, November 4, 9 am – 4 pm
Glacier Canyon Conference Center, 45 Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells Hillman Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, USA (map)
Registration is now OPEN!
$50/person | $80/twosome
 Children do best when they know the truth about their lives. Sharing difficult information with children is not easy. This interactive workshop will give you the tools and strategies to discuss the most challenging situations (e.g., abuse, parental incarceration, death, HIV, incest, termination of parental rights) with children of all ages. Please bring your challenging questions to the session. No topic is off limits!
For more:
Conference Schedule:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:30-9:00am: Registration/Continental Breakfast  9:00am-12:00pm:  
“Talking to Kids about Tough Stuff” Interactive Lecture 12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch (included in Registration Fee)
1:00-4:00 pm: Methods, Strategies, Examples, Demonstrations, and Discussion 
For more:
The Presenter: Barry Chaffkin, LCSW/Co-Founder & CEO, Fostering Change for Children Barry presents at New York State and national conferences each year, and is a recognized expert in child welfare. He is responsible for over 900 adoptions and over 900 reunifications in his 28-year career. In addition to his responsibilities with Fostering Change for Children, he is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work and sits on the advisory committee for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and the Treehouse Foundation. Learn more at Hotel Accommodations: Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness, HWY 12 & Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells A block of rooms has been reserved for Friday and Saturday. Please call 1-800-867-9453 to make your reservations. Ask for block  #616441 for the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families at Glacier Canyon Lodge.
*Note: Children (including babies) will not be admitted to the conference. Please arrange for childcare.
A Place in My Heart is an annual conference presented by Wisconsin’s Post Adoption Resource Centers, with support from the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families
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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Questions? Contact us at or call 414-475-1246
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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Become an Adoptive Family Friendly Workplace

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.