FREE Webinar with 1.5 CEU for Understanding ACEs Tuesday February 27th 8:00pm eastern

Childhood experiences, both good and bad, shape the developing brain and have a major impact on the physical, mental health and the social emotional functioning of adults. Poor childhood experiences such as childhood neglect, physical and sexual abuse or incarceration of caregivers are called Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs.

Join Harmony Family Center’s Education and Training Coordinator, Allison Cooke Douglas, for an overview of the science of ACEs, how these experience impact children and what parents and professionals can do to help children grow and heal after adversity.

Follow this link to register!

Certificates for 1.5 hours of training will be issued for qualified participants.

PLEASE NOTE: Couples using the same device to watch the webinar must register both participants on the registration form (one person in the first name space and the second in the last name space) to receive separate certificates. 

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The Scariest Special Need of All—Would You Adopt This Child?

Source: https://creatingafamily.org

By Dawn Davenport

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In my experience there is one special need that scares prospective adoptive parents the most. The one where even parents who have a wide range of acceptance for special needs will often say “no”. The special need that is preventing thousands of children from being adopted. That special need is being the victim of sexual abuse. Yes, that special need is actually being the victim of abuse!

Through no fault of their own these children have been sexually abused and are now being victimized again by the near universal fear of raising a child that has been sexually abused. Irony anyone?

I have been told by countless social worker that if the child has a record of sexual abuse in their file or a record of showing the symptoms of having been sexually abused, the chances of finding an adoptive family becomes infinitely harder. This breaks my heart.

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Sharing Stories, Symptoms…Persons with Developmental Disabilities – Register now!

NC families can share this with their professional medical and clinical supports to be sure they are aware of this great opportunity.  The more they know, the more they can support your child and family’s needs.

Register early and save $20!
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For more information and to register for other Mental Health continuing education, click here.

Sharing Stories, Symptoms…Persons with Developmental Disabilities – Register now!

NC families can share this with their professional medical and clinical supports to be sure they are aware of this great opportunity.  The more they know, the more they can support your child and family’s needs.

Register early and save $20!
Click
here to register.

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For more information and to register for other Mental Health continuing education, click here.

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

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Looking for a caring, adoption-competent mental health professional in your area?

Directory of Adoption Competent Professionals

Stressed_Parent_On_Board_2012Access to adoption-competent mental health professionals is crucial to promote adoption success and the well-being of all those involved. The Center for Adoption Support and Education has trained more than 700 mental health professionals from across the country through the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) program.

Looking for a caring, adoption-competent mental health professional in your area? Below you will find contact information and bios for many of our TAC graduates.

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NAMI Piedmont Tri-County Walk for 1 in 4

Source: http://www.razoo.com/story/Ericka-Kauer-Fundraising-For-Nami-Piedmont-Tri-County-Walk-For-1-In-4

Adoptive families really know the value of accessing mental health services and support. Here’s a great chance to support that for families in your own community.

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Did you know that 1 in 5 children are affected by mental illness in a given year? Your support matters to our family and many, many others!

We knew from almost the very start that our daughter, Ava, was different from other kids. As time went on, her struggles became more pronounced. After years of evaluations, she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and a mild Intellectual Disability at age 9. Her increasingly isolating behaviors threatened to tear our family apart. We were truly a family in crisis. It was then that we found NAMI. At the NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, Family to Family course, we started to understand the challenges Ava faces every minute of every day. The education we received at NAMI Family to Family and NAMI Basics has been life changing. As a result of attending NAMI support groups, we have learned to become better advocates for Ava in the school setting as well as in the community. The caring and generous nature of the many NAMI Piedmont Tri-County volunteers we have met has provided much needed emotional as well as educational support to us.

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The Role of Attachment in Infancy on Later Mental and Physical Health Outcomes

Click here to see video.

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Voice for Adoption Seeks Input on Access to Mental Health Services for Foster and Adopted Children

th The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is seeking input on how to ensure that all Americans have necessary mental health treatment. Specifically, they are asking about administrative and legal barriers to care, key policies that have lead to improved outcomes, and how Medicaid and Medicare can be improved to help people with mental health needs.

Voice for Adoption (VFA) wants to be sure that the U.S. adoption community is part of this process. VFA has created a brief survey to gather information on these issues as they relate to children adopted from domestic foster or institutional inter-country care, and will share the results with Senate leadership.

Please take a moment to complete the survey. The survey deadline is September 17.

Thank you,
Robin E. Sizemore
Executive Director of Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc

Voice for Adoption Seeks Input on Access to Mental Health Services for Foster and Adopted Children

th The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is seeking input on how to ensure that all Americans have necessary mental health treatment. Specifically, they are asking about administrative and legal barriers to care, key policies that have lead to improved outcomes, and how Medicaid and Medicare can be improved to help people with mental health needs.

Voice for Adoption (VFA) wants to be sure that the U.S. adoption community is part of this process. VFA has created a brief survey to gather information on these issues as they relate to children adopted from domestic foster or institutional inter-country care, and will share the results with Senate leadership.

Please take a moment to complete the survey. The survey deadline is September 17.

Thank you,
Robin E. Sizemore
Executive Director of Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc

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