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July 2018

Free Adoption & Foster Care Information Webinar

July 19, 2018
Three sisters laugh in the sun. Two are African American and one is white.

ONLINE | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT Receive a comprehensive overview of our programs, processes and fees from the comfort of your home or office through our free online meeting. Learn basic information about international adoption, infant adoption, foster care and foster care adoption. In this webinar, we will address the programs available to everyone first, then we will cover those available in limited states. Attendees may choose to leave the presentation at any time. Register on GoToWebinar

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G.R.O.W. Event for Infant Adoption Families | Media Review

July 19, 2018
Children’s Home & LSS Office, 1605 Eustis Street
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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A group of couples sit in a circle and talk about their experience adopting infants.

Our G.R.O.W. (Guidance, Resources and Opportunities While you Wait) events are held quarterly (in January, April, July and October) and are open to all families in our infant adoption program that are in the home study process and beyond. These events will offer a chance for families to connect and learn about various topics from one another and adoption professionals. A modern take on a book club, we invite you to join us to share and review various examples of…

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Foster Care & Adoption Education Class

July 20, 2018 - July 21, 2018
Children’s Home & LSS Office, 1605 Eustis Street
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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A mother laughs with her two daughters.

For Minnesota families interested in fostering or adopting children from Minnesota foster care This is the first step for all families planning to adopt from Minnesota foster care, regardless of the agency or county you plan to adopt through. This is also the first step for all families planning to become foster care providers through CH/LSS. These classes will familiarize you with the children waiting to be adopted, the needs they commonly have, and the adoption process. You will also have…

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Webinar: How to Construct Positive Identity Formations in Adoptive Households

July 25, 2018
Son and two moms lying on the ground, son is kissing on of his moms on the nose

This workshop is organized through MN Adopt. This workshop will focus on the best ways to create positive identity formations for children residing in adoptive, transracial adoptive, and LGBTQ adoptive households. Participants will hear from Tony Hynes, a transracial adoptee and adoption professional, about topics including but not limited to: when it is appropriate to talk to kids about their birth (1st families), how to create positive racial identity formations in unorthodox ways, and how to figure out whether the issues…

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In-Person Adoption & Foster Care Information Meeting

July 28, 2018
Children’s Home & LSS Office, 1605 Eustis Street
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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A sister and brother smile at the camera. The sister is a preteen African American girl, the brother is a toddler white boy.

For families in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. This is a great way to learn about all of our adoption and foster care programs. Meet with staff in-person and receive a comprehensive overview of our programs, processes and fees. Learn basic information about international adoption, infant adoption, foster care and foster care adoption.

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August 2018

Building Bonds and Resilience through Stories and Nurturing Touch

August 1, 2018
MN Adopt, 2446 University Ave West, Suite 104
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
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Photo of a smiling dad playing with his foster child in front of an open door

This workshop is organized through MN Adopt. This workshop provides you with tools that you can go home and use right away to build bonds and resilience in your children through stories and nurturing touch. The activities you will learn will help enhance self-regulation skills and create memories, develop boundaries and set limits with humor. The activities are hands on and designed to bring love and laughter into the home while reducing stress and increasing sleep. Tips and strategies will…

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In-Person Adoption & Foster Care Information Meeting

August 9, 2018
Children’s Home & LSS Office, 1605 Eustis Street
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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A sister and brother smile at the camera. The sister is a preteen African American girl, the brother is a toddler white boy.

For families in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. This is a great way to learn about all of our adoption and foster care programs. Meet with staff in-person and receive a comprehensive overview of our programs, processes and fees. Learn basic information about international adoption, infant adoption, foster care and foster care adoption.

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Free Webinar | Anxiety and Depression in Adoptees and Foster Youth

August 14, 2018
A picture of an Asian adoptee looking off in the distance stoically.

ONLINE | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT Despite our best efforts, adoptees and foster youth can experience anxiety, depression and ongoing feelings of instability. Join us for a free webinar with Marie Ridgeway  MSW, LICSW, RYT, a Psychotherapist in private practice and a Mental Health Crisis Responder, and Leah Strom, Director of Social Work at CH/LSS, MSW, LISW, to learn about the symptoms of anxiety and depression, common causes for these conditions, and tools for addressing the anxiety and/or depression…

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Agency-Specific Foster Care & Adoption Training

August 17, 2018
Children’s Home & LSS Office, 1605 Eustis Street
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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A mother snuggles with her giggling school-age daughter.

For Minnesota residents. This is the second step for any individual or family interested in fostering or adopting from Minnesota foster care. We welcome you to attend this free meeting to learn about fostering and adopting children from within the Minnesota foster care system. This will introduce you to CH/LSS, explain the application and home study process, cover foster care licensing (expectations, roles and responsibilities), provide an overview of the matching process, stress the importance of advocacy skills, self-care, and…

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Webinar: How Fostering Impacts Children in the Home

August 22, 2018
A father giving his daughter a hug

This webinar is organized by MN Adopt. Providing foster care affects all family members. Unfortunately, the needs of the children of foster parents can sometimes be overlooked. This training identifies many of the needs and challenges of children of foster parents and how the foster parents can support their own children as part of the foster care experience. The training specifically identifies needs and challenges in pre-placement, placement and post placement. Information for the training was drawn from literature research,…

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