2017 FRUA Young Adult Membership – Webinars!

Join as a FRUA Young Adult by Oct. 22 to access a Webinar created especially for you!


October marks the first of many FRUA YA special membership benefits – "Adoption: the Identity Project", a webinar made by and for young adults, is produced by Adoption Learning Partners and made available by a partnership between FRUA and ALP.

FRUA’s new young adult membership, is specifically targeted to the needs and interests of young adults adopted from the 32 countries of the former Soviet bloc which FRUA INC serves.

Join by October 22, and receive free access to the Webinar. Then on November 5, join our FRUA Young adult leaders, Paul Jones and Stephan Petryczka, in the first FRUA YA national conference call. They want your input to plan future YA events, and will discuss upcoming orphan support efforts, which will become a service project directed by our young adults.

Don’t wait! If you are adopted and age 21 or older, join now! Or if you have an adopted young adult age 21 or older — tell them to join now!

Annual membership is just $10 – but the hope help and community of a FRUA YA membership will be priceless. To learn more about the benefits of the FRUA YA membership, follow this link:  Young Adult Membership

Or, to go directly to the YA Membership Application Form, click YA Application.

Looking forward to a growing FRUA YA community!

The FRUA National Board of Directors

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption,
Including Neighboring Countries
Hope, Help and Community for Adoptive Families


Announcing NCFA’s April Webinar- It’s Okay to Think About Yourself

"It’s Okay to Think About Yourself: An Honest Conversation About Self-Care"

Working in the adoption field is more than just a job. For many of us, it is a calling, a vocation, our life’s work. As a result, we give of ourselves in a way that can leave us feeling tired both physically and emotionally. During this webinar, Kimberly Harrell will share practical ways to take care of yourself so you can continue refreshed and renewed in this important work allowing you to do your very best work on behalf of children and familiesty.

Join us on Thursday, April 28th, at 2pm EST for NCFA’s Newest Webinar.

CEU: 1.5 hours credit*, 1 hour ethics credit**

Deadline to register: Wednesday, April 17th at noon EST

About the Presenter: Kimberly Harrell, M.Ed., LPC, NCC is the program director at the Center for Adoption and Pregnancy Services, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington. She has over 20 years of experience working with those whose lives have been touched by adoption, including birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents and adoptive families. Kimberly is also in private practice in Centreville, VA where she works with individuals, families, and adolescents. Her passion for working on adoption-related issues continues in her practice.  Kimberly has written a number of articles on the importance of support for birth parents, including Meeting Birth Parent Needs for a Successful Adoption.  She also speaks to groups of mental health professionals to educate them on the adoption-related issues they may encounter in their practices.  She holds a Masters in Education from Virginia Tech University.

COSTS: $25 for NCFA Members and $30 for the Public, CEU $15

Register Here

May Webcast: Raising Black Boys – A Panel Discussion

Raising Black Boys – A Panel Discussion


May 5, 2016 | 8:00 PM Central

Raising Black Boys Webinar: Thursday, May 5 8PM Central


Raising Black Boys is an honest dialogue about some of the tough realities and complex issues that Black children may experience and how their parents can guide, support and prepare them for a society that is far from color blind.

Join us for a moderated panel featuring African American men from all over the country and from varied backgrounds. Some were transracially placed as young children. All are distinguished in their respective fields.

They will reflect back to their childhood as well as their current role as fathers of Black boys. They will share openly and honestly about the types of discussions that are taking place in their own homes, as well as the everyday fears they have about their sons’ safety and how they are raising them to become strong Black men. We will pose to the panelists the concerns we have heard from adoptive families who are raising Black boys.
Concerns such as:

  • How to have a conversation about racism without hurting a child’s self-esteem
  • How to protect young Black boys from the hurt that stereotypes and exclusion can bring
  • How to address and confront the insidious forms of racism transracially formed adoptive families of Black boys are now aware of since adopting their child

Click here to learn more and register
Feel free to forward this on to anyone who may benefit!

Our Children Initiative

This webcast is brought to you by ALP in cooperation with Our Children: An Education & Empowerment Series. Learn more about the Our Children Initiative here.

Questions? Email Kirby

ADOPTION TAX CREDIT WEBINAR *** Cancelled Due to Illness

Unfortunately our speaker, Becky Wilmoth notified us this morning that she has come down with the flu and will NOT be able to do the Adoption Tax Credit webinar tonight at 7:00 p.m CST. 

We apologize for this inconvenience and we hope Becky feels better soon!  In the meantime, mark your calendars for next week — same time — we’ll do the webinar!  Please mark your calendars for the new date:  THURSDAY, MARCH 11 7:00 PM CST

We will send an update and reminder next week.  All families registered for this webinar have been notified. Should they miss the notice or contact you please let them know that we have had to reschedule.

Thanks so much and have a great day!

Kelly Ellison
Your Adoption Finance Coach
CEO/Adoptive Parent
(816) 682 5500

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Helping adoptive families reach their financial goals and bring their forever family together.

WEBINAR: Attending to Needs, Connecting for Life: Dr. Purvis on Attachment

Thursday, February 4, 2016; 7:00 PM CT


Join us as Dr. Karyn Purvis discusses her latest research surrounding attachment and connecting with children who have experienced a tough beginning in life.

With her naturally warm style, Dr. Purvis will share insights to help us better understand and connect with each other.

She will provide practical tips to building a foundation of love, support and security to help your family thrive.

Specific topics include:

  • Connecting principles for attachment needs
  • Techniques to connect with your child at different developmental stages
  • Correcting principles to disarm fear-based behaviors

Click here to register now

By the way, we’ve launched a new portion of our website this new year. It is a special section dedicated to our webinars/webcasts. Let me know what you think!

All the best,

Questions? Email Kirby

New Webinar! The Essentials of Adoption Medicine

Register now for our newest webinar!

“The Essentials of Adoption Medicine”

Join us on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 2pm EST  with NCFA’s two-time National Adoption Conference presenter and founder of the Comprehensive Adoption Medicine Consultants,  Dr. Emily Todd.  With the help of Dr. Emily Todd, we will explore several adoption related medical concerns including medical problems facing adopted children, what to expect when the child is brought home, and how to deal with long term medical issues of an adopted children. We’ll explore some new techniques, research, and strategies when combining adoption and medicine. This 90 minute webinar will include some time for Q & A with the expert.

BONUS: Attendees will also receive an early edition of NCFA’s February Adoption Advocate authored by Dr. Emily Todd, Adoption Medicine: Improving the Health and Well Being of Adopted Children.

In order to attend the webinar session, you must register by Wednesday, January 27th at Noon EST!

About the Presenter

Emily Todd, MD, is a pediatrician and medical geneticist.  She founded Comprehensive Adoption Medicine Consultants to help families navigate the medical side of the adoption process.  While attending Rush Medical College, Dr. Todd received awards for her work in genetics as well as recognition from her peers for excellence in humanism.  After receiving her Medical Doctorate, she moved to Denver, CO where she completed her pediatric residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  Following pediatric residency, Dr. Todd completed advanced training in medical genetics at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  In addition to her busy adoption medicine practice, Dr. Todd is currently serving as the Contributing Section Editor for the Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care for AAP Grand Rounds, a professional journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Colorado chapter of the Gift of Adoption Fund.

Don’t miss out!

Registration cost is $35 for NCFA Members and $40 for the public. $15 for continuing education units.


Help Reduce Holiday Melt Downs by Adoption Learning Partners

Just in Time for the Holidays and only $10: Sensory Integration and Self-Regulation

Sensory Integration and Self-Regulation
Presented by Dr. Dan Griffith


Holidays can add joy and connection for families. Lots of sights, sounds, smells and food created specifically for this time of year. 
With all this specialness, however, comes a strong potential for sensory overload. This can mean that special moments of celebration are intermingled with melt downs and tantrums, while parents struggle to stay jolly.

But once you realize what is happening and why, you can intercede to help your child balance things out. Join Clinical Pediatric Psychologist Dan Griffith, Ph.D, as he provides real-life examples so you can:

  • Identify different types of common sensory/regulatory difficulties
  • Work through stresses these difficulties may have on your parent/child relationship
  • Learn intervention strategies to help your family thrive

Click here to learn more and register for only $10 during the month of December. Webinar is regularly priced at $15.


Questions? Email Mandi or Shane

National Adoption Month: We never outgrow the need for a family


Don’t forget November is National Adoption Awareness Month. This year, the focus is on older youth adoption. Clearly, we never outgrow the need for family. In this spirit, special discounts are offered to help families either explore adopting an older child or better meet the needs of the child they are already parenting.

Click here to explore our discounted courses and webinars.

Time To Register For This Week’s Webinar On Sensory Integration

New Webinar This Week: Thursday, November 5: Sensory Integration and Self-Regulation: Tips for Parenting Sensational Kids

Thursday, November 5, 2015: 7:00 PM Central


Does your child struggle with sensory and/or self-regulation issues?

When you don’t know how kids process incoming sensory data, or how it can overload or underwhelm them, it makes for challenging moments as a parent. When overwhelmed, kids can be prone to emotional outbursts. When under-stimulated, they may withdraw get distracted.

But once you realize what is happening and why, you can intercede to help your child balance things out.

Join Clinical Pediatric Psychologist Dan Griffith, Ph.D, as he provides real-life examples so you can:

  • Identify different types of common sensory/regulatory difficulties
  • Work through stresses these difficulties may have on your parent/child relationship
  • Learn intervention strategies to help your family thrive

Click here to learn more and register.

All About Your Adoption Tax Credit – Join Us For A Live Seminar!

Tax%20Credit%202012 Join us for this live webinar with tax specialist, Becky Wilmoth from Bill’s Tax Service.  We’ll review all of the guidelines you need to know to take full advantage of the adoption tax credit.  Whether your adoption is complete or you are just getting started you will find this webinar very informative!

Tuesday, October 27th, 7:00 pm CST
Space is limited, register today!

For more information on this free event please email us at coach@youradoptionfinancecoach.com

Best regards,
Hopscotch Adoptions

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