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Adoption Seminars

Becoming a Transracial Adoptive Family

Saturday, February 18, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights
Please see February 20, 2016 or October 15, 2016 descriptions.


Birth and Adoptive Families Panel

Saturday, February 25, 2017; 9 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights
Please see February 27, 2016 or July 16, 2016 descriptions.


Effects of Prenatal Substance Exposure on the Developing Fetus and Managing Behaviors

Saturday, March 11, 2017; 9 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights
African American Hair and Skin Care Workshop
Saturday, April 8, 2017; 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights

Tamekia Swint, Executive Director of Styles4Girlz, NFP, will lead an informational session, along with other members of her team, and discussion about the different kinds of textures of African American hair, including how to care for and manage it. The seminar will lightly touch on African American skin care. This seminar is DCFS mandated for any adoptive family open to African American adoption.


Talking to Your Child about Adoption at Different Developmental Stages

Wednesday, May 10, 2017; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights

Join Kay Holler, LCSW, therapist and adoptive parent, as she discusses how to approach the topic of adoption with children, and addresses common questions children ask their parents about adoption at the different stages of their development.


African American Hair and Skin Care Workshop #2

Saturday, May 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights

Tamekia Swint, Executive Director of Styles4Girlz, NFP, will lead a brief informational session and discussion about the different kinds of textures of African American hair, including how to care for / manage it. The majority of the seminar will be a hands-on workshop, focusing on the practice of styling. Workshop #1 is highly recommended as a prerequisite.


Legal Considerations for Adoption

Saturday, June 17, 2017; 10 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


Birth and Adoptive Families Panel

Saturday, July 15, 2017; 9 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


Effects of Prenatal Substance Exposure on the Developing Fetus and Managing Behaviors

Saturday, August 19, 2017; 9 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


Mental Health and Your Adopted Child

Saturday, September 16, 2017; 9 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights

Dr. Michael Maniacci, a licensed clinical psychologist and published author, will discuss Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and symptoms of each. He also will talk about the role that nature and nurture play in mental illness.


Becoming a Transracial Adoptive Family

Saturday, October 14, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


Talking to Your Child about Adoption at Different Developmental Stages

Wednesday, November 15, 2017; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


Legal Considerations for Adoption

Saturday, January 20, 2018; 10 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


Becoming a Transracial Adoptive Family

Saturday, February 10, 2018; 9:00 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


Birth and Adoptive Families Panel

Saturday, February 24, 2018; 9 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


Effects of Prenatal Substance Exposure on the Developing Fetus and Managing Behaviors

Saturday, March 10, 2018; 9 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


** Pre-registration is required. To register, go to www.stmaryservices.com, call (847) 870-8181 or email mkasper@stmaryservices.com. All seminars are open to the public. There is a $40 per person fee, to be paid in advance and is non-refundable. This fee does not apply to families that have been accepted into St. Mary’s domestic program. Programs are not appropriate for children* and babysitting services are not available. One credit given per seminar hour attended. St. Mary’s is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (#040234) and is an affiliate of Episcopal Charities and Community Services. *African American Hair & Skin Care Workshops are excluded

“We are forever grateful to St. Mary’s for being there for us every step of the way through our journey to our amazing family!”

– Lisa & Lou, St. Mary’s Adoptive Family