Adoption Seminars

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

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.


 

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 


 

African American Hair and Skin Care Workshop

Saturday, April 7, 2018; 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 9, 2018; 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 12, 2018; 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 16, 2018; 10 a.m. to Noon
St. Mary’s Services – 300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Arlington Heights


 

Birth and Adoptive Families Panel

Saturday, July 14, 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, August 18, 2018; 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 15, 2018; 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 13, 2018; 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 14, 2018; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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 information@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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