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March 2020

What Transracially Adopted Children Need from Their Parents

March 20 @ 9:00 am4:00 pm
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One event on September 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

Adoptions of Indiana, 1980 E. 116th Street #325
Carmel, IN 46032 United States
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Over the years adult adoptees have shared with us that love is not enough when parenting a child of another race. Through learning research on adult adoptee racial and adoption identity; hearing perspectives of adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals; and hearing VanderWoude's own experiences as a racial minority in a Caucasian family and community, attendees will quickly learn what transracially adopted children need from their parents. Additionally, this session will prepare parents for experiences and conversations their children…

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Developing Healthy Adoptive Families

March 21 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm
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One event on July 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on September 19, 2020 at 9:00 am

Adoptions of Indiana, 1980 E. 116th Street #325
Carmel, IN 46032 United States
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Learn how children understand adoptive issues as they develop and how to talk to them in a developmentally appropriate way. Small group breakout sessions focused on practical application will be included. Free for agency clients $75 for non-clients

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May 2020

Relationships with Expectant/Birth Parents

May 15 @ 8:30 am4:00 pm
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One event on November 20, 2020 at 8:30 am

Learn how to navigate the relationships between adoptive parents and birth parents. Gain a direct understanding from adoptive and birth parents themselves about their needs and reasons for making adoption plans.   This workshop is for Independent Adoption Clients – Kirsh or other. $75 for non-clients

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Workshops & Seminars

Pre-Adoption Education

Required

Patricia Irwin Johnston
9:00am – 3:00pm on Saturdays

Learn the differences of parenting by birth and parenting in adoption and practical tools for forming strong connections and attachment.

February 22
May 16
August 22
November 21

Free for agency clients, $75 for non-clients

Cancellation/No-Show Policy: 48-hour notice required. If not provided, you will be invoiced for a $50 donation to Adoptions of Indiana.

Meg Sterchi, ACSW, LCSW
9:00am – 3:00pm on Saturdays

Learn how children understand adoptive issues as they develop and how to talk to them in a developmentally appropriate way. Small group breakout sessions focused on practical application will be included.

 

March 21
July 18
September 19

 

Free for agency clients, $75 for non-clients

Cancellation/No-Show Policy: 48-hour notice required. If not provided, you will be invoiced for a $50 donation to Adoptions of Indiana.

Amy Nicholas, LSW, BSW
8:30am – 4:00pm on Fridays

Learn how to navigate the relationships between adoptive parents and birth parents. Gain a direct understanding from adoptive and birth parents themselves about their needs and reasons for making adoption plans.

AOI Placement Clients Only

  • February 21
  • August 21

 

Attorney & Independent Clients Only

  • May 15
  • November 20

 

Free for agency clients, $75 for non-clients

Cancellation/No-Show Policy: 48-hour notice required. If not provided, you will be invoiced for a $50 donation to Adoptions of Indiana.

Required for Transracial And/Or International Adoption

Tara VanderWoude, BSW
9:00am – 4:00pm

Over the years adult adoptees have shared with us that love is not enough when parenting a child of another race. Through learning research on adult adoptee racial and adoption identity; hearing perspectives of adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals; and hearing VanderWoude's own experiences as a racial minority in a Caucasian family and community, attendees will quickly learn what transracially adopted children need from their parents. Additionally, this session will prepare parents for experiences and conversations their children will encounter, provide practical tools and concepts to support a child’s racial identity, and leave attendees more knowledgeable and acutely aware of their important role as parents and allies of transracially-adopted children.

 

March 20
September 18

 

Free for agency clients, $75 for non-clients

Cancellation/No-Show Policy: 48-hour notice required. If not provided, you will be invoiced for a $50 donation to Adoptions of Indiana.

Jennifer Morrissey, LSW, MSW

Learn the process and risks of international adoption. Gain insight into the effects of orphanage life, and how you as an adoptive parent can help your child reach their maximum potential. Meets requirements of Hague regulations.

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Free for agency clients, $75 for non-clients

Cancellation/No-Show Policy: 48-hour notice required. If not provided, you will be invoiced for a $50 donation to Adoptions of Indiana.

Support for Waiting Adoptive Parents And Families

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

This group is open to all waiting prospective adoptive families. Gain support, education, information, and network with other families also experiencing the unique challenges of “the wait.”  Dinner is held at the Adoptions of Indiana office from 6 – 9 pm. Please bring your own meal.

 

March 18, 2020
May 20, 2020
July 15, 2020
September 16, 2020
November 18, 2020
 
Contact Allison Montgomery to RSVP at allison@adoptionsofindiana.org.

Patricia Irwin Johnston

Invite your family members to get on board with your adoption journey! This class will help them identify adoption myths and misconceptions, as well as teach them to be a support system during the adoptive process.

 

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$50 per family

Cancellation/No-Show Policy: 48-hour notice required. If not provided, you will be invoiced for a $50 donation to Adoptions of Indiana.

Pre-Adoption Education

Seminars

Allison Montgomery, LCSW Pre-school children are curious about the world around them. This class offers the opportunity to develop your skills in talking about adoption with your child and lay the groundwork for future conversations. Contact the agency for more information. $25 per individual, $35 per couple
Allison Montgomery, LCSW Network with and discuss living as a transracial adoptive family with others sharing this journey. Gain and offer support and exchange ideas. This is also a forum for parents to expand knowledge and share concerns. Contact the agency for more information. $25 per individual, $35 per couple

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

Nearly all adopted children are asked questions about adoption by friends, relative, neighbors, classmates, and strangers. Children, especially those ages 7-11 need to be prepared to handle these challenging moments. Adoptions of Indiana can help them learn how to respond to these questions through fun adoption related activities designed especially for this age group. Two parent sessions included and meet concurrently.

Contact the agency for more information. $200 per family

Allison Montgomery, LCSW As part of normal and healthy development, all teens grapple with their identity. Adopted teens face additional challenges in reconciling who they are with the uncertainties in their history. This group is for teens and offers guidance as we empower and equip them to handle the issues and questions that arise from their personal adoption story while they learn who they are as individuals. Contact the agency for more information. $200 per family

A workshop for adult adoptees to discuss how to emotionally prepare for search, find resources to start the process, and learn to navigate potential pitfalls along the way. This workshop will include information on Indiana adoption, petitioning, and the confidential intermediary process.

 

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$25 per individual

Youth Education

Seminars

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

Pre-school children are curious about the world around them. This class offers the opportunity to develop your skills in talking about adoption with your child and lay the groundwork for future conversations.

 

Contact the agency for more information.

$25 per individual, $35 per couple

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

Network with and discuss living as a transracial adoptive family with others sharing this journey. Gain and offer support and exchange ideas. This is also a forum for parents to expand knowledge and share concerns.

 

Contact the agency for more information.

$25 per individual, $35 per couple

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

 

Nearly all adopted children are asked questions about adoption by friends, relative, neighbors, classmates, and strangers. Children, especially those ages 7-11 need to be prepared to handle these challenging moments. Adoptions of Indiana can help them learn how to respond to these questions through fun adoption related activities designed especially for this age group. Two parent sessions included and meet concurrently.


Contact the agency for more information. $200 per family

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

As part of normal and healthy development, all teens grapple with their identity. Adopted teens face additional challenges in reconciling who they are with the uncertainties in their history. This group is for teens and offers guidance as we empower and equip them to handle the issues and questions that arise from their personal adoption story while they learn who they are as individuals.

Contact the agency for more information.

$200 per family

Amy Nicholas, BSW, LSW 

Developed by an experienced educator, “Adoption Conversations” educates teens about infant adoption.  Presented by a trained educator and adoption specialist, the curriculum is flexible and can be modified to fit your school's needs.  Students will learn about and discuss the history of adoption, respectful adoption language, Indiana law, and modern adoption practices.  Students will hear the first hand account of a woman's journey through adoption as she lovingly made a plan for her child.

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A workshop for adult adoptees to discuss how to emotionally prepare for search, find resources to start the process, and learn to navigate potential pitfalls along the way. This workshop will include information on Indiana adoption, petitioning, and the confidential intermediary process.

Contact the agency for more information. $25 per individual

Professional Education

Seminars

Amy Nicholas, BSW, LSW 

Adoptions of Indiana's seminar for social workers and nurses will emphasize best practice when navigating an adoption plan in the hospital setting.  Our educator will provide a historical perspective of adoption, will teach the importance of respectful adoption language, and will identify modern adoption practices.  In addition, she will explore how social workers and nurses can support all members of the adoption triad in the hospital setting. We are pleased to be able to offer 1-2.5 CEHs from NASW for social workers who participate.

 

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Amy Nicholas, BSW, LSW 

“Students' ability to learn depends not just on the quality of their textbooks and teachers, but also on the comfort and safety they feel at school and the strength of their relationships with adults and peers there.” (Sarah Sparks, Education Week, 2016)  Adoptions of Indiana's seminar for educators will explore how teacher curricular decisions, language, and media choices impact students who joined their family through adoption in their classroom.  Professional development can be offered at your school and programming is flexible.

 

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