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June 2019

Birth and Adoptive Families Panel

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States
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StMarys adoptions process

Listen to a panel made up of birth and adoptive families who are currently living 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…

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May 2019

African-American Hair Care / Skin Course 2

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States
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Styles 4 kidz

Tamekia Swint, Executive Director of Styles4Kidz, 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…

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April 2019

African-American Hair Care / Skin Course 1

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States
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Styles 4 kidz

Tamekia Swint, Executive Director of Styles4Kidz, 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…

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November 2018

Talking to Your Child about Adoption at Different Developmental Stages

November 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

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.

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October 2018

Becoming a Transracial Adoptive Family

October 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

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…

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September 2018

Mental Health and Your Adopted Child

September 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

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.

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August 2018

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

August 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

Dr. Dan Griffith, licensed clinical pediatric psychologist, will speak about the effects prenatal substance and alcohol exposure have on the developing child as well as managing children’s behaviors at different developmental stages.

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July 2018

Birth and Adoptive Families Panel

July 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

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,…

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June 2018

Legal Considerations for Adoption

June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

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.

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