Compassion in Action: A Beautiful Intervention On Behalf of a Child With Special Needs

Source: http://www.charlotteobserver.com

By Bruce Henderson

groner4She’s a shy Jewish woman from Charlotte. He’s a little boy, apparently African and Muslim, who was screaming aboard a transatlantic flight.

Their July 14 encounter between Brussels and New York made the eight-hour flight go easier for their fellow passengers. The virtually wordless connection – neither spoke the others’ language – also offered a lesson in compassion that has circulated widely online.

By her account, Rochel Groner, 33, is among the least likely people to make a public display. “I’m the type of person who would let somebody step on my foot for like a half- hour before I would say something,” she says.

But about an hour into the flight, a return home after Groner and her husband Bentzion chaperoned teens to Israel, Groner heard sounds of distress behind them. Not cries from a baby. Not a bored teen.

“It was just kind of a shrieking without any words,” Groner says. “I recognized it right away as a child with special needs.”

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37th Annual Child Welfare Symposium

Register for the 37th Annual Child Welfare Symposium Today!

Curriculum Highlights
Intercountry Adoption

A host of new speakers and session topics promise to make the 37th Annual Child Welfare Symposium one of our most energized and educational gatherings to date. This one is not to be missed. We’ll cover topics that matter the most to you today, including serving children with special needs, post-adoption nutrition, and the future of intercountry adoption.

Curriculum

Monday, May 20
Micronutrient Deficiencies in Children from Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, and China Dr. Dana Johnson

Monday, May 20
When and How to Access Early Intervention and Special Education Services Dr. Lisa Nalven

Monday, May 20
Action Plan for Children in Adversity: What You Need to Know Dr. Neil Boothby

Monday, May 20
Understanding the Medical, Nutritional, and Feeding Needs of Children with Special Needs Mishelle Rudzinski and Dr. Elaine Schulte

Tuesday, May 21
An Integrated Approach to Child Welfare Round Table Discussion Country Focus: India

Tuesday, May 21
Overseas Relationship Management and Risk
Dr. Kjersti Olson

Tuesday, May 21
Standards of Best Practice for Adoptive Parents: Ethics, Economics, and Responsibilities Maureen McCauley Evans

Tuesday, May 21
An Integrated Approach to Child Welfare Round Table Discussion Country Focus: Haiti

Tuesday, May 21
Intercountry Adoption and the US Government

Tuesday, May 21
Lightning Talks! Various Presenters

Wednesday, May 22

Baby Markets: Thinking the Unthinkable in International Adoption Dr. Mark Montgomery

Wednesday, May 22
An Integrated Approach to Child Welfare Round Table Discussion Country Focus: China

Wednesday, May 22

The Search of Origins in the Context of Intercountry Adoption Raffaella Pregliasco and Carlotta Alloero

Wednesday, May 22
An Integrated Approach to Child Welfare Round Table Discussion Country Focus: Ethiopia

Monday Spotlight

Carolyn Twietmeyer, Founder and Executive Director of Project HOPEFUL, will present on HIV Adoption and A New Clinical Model with Dr. Larry Gray and Linda Walsh. The new clinical model will aim to achieve the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) comprehensive health evaluation of the newly adopted child, with special emphasis on adopting the HIV+ child, including the personal experience of an adoptive family.

 

Tuesday Spotlight

Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, will discuss Best Practices in Intercountry Adoption: Improving Children’s Prospects for Living in Families. He will report on a new Adoption Institute study that includes two surveys (one for professionals, one for parents) covering policy and practice, plus interviews with policymakers in birth countries and adopting countries. The research focuses on critical issues impacting intercountry adoption, assesses the Hague Convention’s impact, and proposes best practices.

Wednesday Spotlight

Martha Osborne, Founder and Executive Director of RainbowKids.com Adoption Advocacy, will speak on Ethical and Effective Advocacy in International Adoption. Adoption professionals will be empowered with new tools, privacy techniques, and a specific plan for integration of methods into their online and offline advocacy plan for individual children. The presentation will also outline The Waiting Child Advocacy Plan and will be heavily focused on explaining and demonstrating how to ethically advocate for a waiting child using tools created specifically for Intercountry Adoption professionals.

See the full Symposium Schedule & detailed descriptions of all of our Workshops

NEW WEBINAR: Expectations vs. Realities: Parenting an Adopted Child with Special Needs

807Thursday, January 17, 2013
7:00PM – 8:00PM  Central Time
Q&A: 8:00PM

Is your child emotionally acting much younger than their age?  Have special needs you weren’t expecting? Behaviors that resemble ADHD?

You are not alone.  These challenges are common for post- institutionalized children. Finding help, however, can be difficult.

Join us for a webinar featuring Martha Osborne, adopted person, adoptive mom and  founder of the largest special needs adoption advocacy website, RainbowKids.com. Martha will lead an “in the trenches” discussion on how parents can get connected and supported.

Learn how to build a plan to manage undiagnosed special needs. Consider new, outside the box suggestions on how to address unexpected cognitive and emotional delays. Understand how proactive parenting can help!

REGISTER

Expectations and Realities: Parenting an Adopted Child with Special Needs

Live Webinar

Thursday, January 17, 2013
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00PM

While preparing to adopt your child with special needs you likely read every article and took every class you could. But now that you’re a family, is it different than what you expected? What’s the biggest difference? What are you still working out?

Let us know and then tune in for a webinar Thursday, January 17 as Martha Osborne, founder of RainbowKids.com, adopted person and adoptive mom discusses your top disconnects between expectations vs. realities of raising a child with special needs. Martha will also discuss how families have handled these differences and resources to help you work through them.

Click Here to send us information on your experiences.

New Webinar! Expectations and Realities: Parenting an Adopted Child with Special Needs

807Thursday, January 17, 2013 
7:00PM – 8:00PM 
Central Time
Q&A: 8:00PM

We need your input!  If you are the adoptive parent of a special needs child, let us know the biggest difference between what you expected and what you are experiencing

Then, join us for a webinar to discuss what you told us!

Guest Speaker: Martha Osborne, founder of RainbowKids.com, adopted person and adoptive mom.

Martha will discuss YOUR top 3 disconnects between the expectations and realities of raising a child with special needs. 

She will also give examples of how families have handled these differences and resources to help. Click here to let us know what you’d like Martha to discuss.

Don’t forget to….. REGISTER

Food For Thought: The Impact of Poor Nutrition in Early Development

Dr. Dana Johnson, renowned international adoption physician, shares the results of his research on the common physical, cognitive and behavioral impacts of poor nutrition on internationally adopted children.

Take Food For Thought for only $10!

“I Was a Waiting Child”

Re-defining ‘special needs’ and worthy of a second look! Let’s help more waiting children become cherished children.  You just may find your child was waiting for you all along.

Sisterly Love…Picture of Beauty!

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