Adoption Seminars

 

Becoming a Transracial Adoptive Family – CANCELLED

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

The seminar, led by Joanne Bratta, RN, BSN, MS, adoption professional and Executive Director of St. Mary’s Services, will lead a panel discussion to teach how transracial adoptive families get to experience the joy of parenting in their own special way. Transracial families will share their experiences, and help parents learn how to respond to intrusive comments and questions in different ways. The seminar also will help parents understand how the adoptee’s identity changes as the adoptee ages and how to address the child’s questions and concerns with age appropriate answers.


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

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.


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

Genie Miller Gillespie, adoption attorney, will provide adoptive families with an overview of the legal process regarding adoption. She also will share information and considerations that adoptive families should know throughout their adoption journey, including insights about legalities regarding the actual adoption process.


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

Listen to a panel of birth families and adoptive parents who currently are participating in adoptions that range in levels of openness. Topics will include discussion of the emotions involved in placing a child and the grieving process that birth parents experience. Adoptive parents will share stories of their relationships with birth parents, how they’ve evolved, keys to maintaining healthy relationships and things to avoid.


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

 
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