Event Recap – Book Reading and Signing with Adam Pertman

Adoptions Together hosted a Book Reading and Signing event with the author of Adoption Nation, Adam Pertman at Huckleberry Fine Art in Rockville, MD last Thursday July 14.  Adam Pertman is also the Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and is considered to be one of our country’s leading experts on adoption.

Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety and Stress

It is normal and quite common for children to feel anxious in response to life stressors.  Anxiety in children can stem from external events or situations (problems with peers, changes in the family, too many activities, or moving to a new home) or internal feelings and pressures (wanting to do well in school, feeling different from peers, a fear of making mistakes).  Because children may not always recognize or clearly articulate that something is bothering them, it is important for parents to recognize the warning signs of stress and anxiety.

Tags: Stress,Parenting Tips

Inspirational News Stories.

I don’t usually like reading or watching the news.  More often than not, the news is negative –

Today’s top news stories on my phone:
NM wildfire forces evacuation
5 people still missing from tragic Amtrak Crash
Militants kill at least 25 in Nigeria
TSA defends removing adult’s diaper for pat down… 

But, sifting through all of that is worth it when a good inspirational story comes across my screen.  So, I’ve put together a few of my favorite articles from the past couple of weeks.  Enjoy 🙂

Rituals and Celebrations for Adoptive Families

Meg Cox, author of The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays & Everyday, led our Kids Connection workshop last year with a focus on creating powerful, personal family traditions.   We all had a fantastic time and are excited that Meg is now writing a revised/expanded edition of her book!  In this new edition, she will expand on the topic of special rituals and celebrations specifically for adoptive families, both for special occasions like “gotcha days” and everyday rituals like dinner and bedtime.

Tags: Family Traditions

Open Adoption

Open adoption brings up many feelings within all members of the adoption community. It can elicit fear and uncertainty as well as comfort and hope. Many adoptive families are concerned that open adoption can lead into a situation that feels like co-parenting. To address this, adoption professionals (social workers, attorneys, adoption agencies) work to support adoptive parents as the parents of the child, and the birth parents as important people in the child’s life. No two open adoptions are alike, and adoptive families can work together with their adoption professionals and birth family to come up with an agreement that works for everyone.

Tags: Open Adoption,Domestic Adoption

Stress Busting Strategies for Child Welfare Workers

Are you a child welfare worker who is doing more work with fewer resources and compensation? Are you seeing more clients who have greater needs, and is your work place less flexible? Do you often feel driven and preoccupied with work related issues that sometimes keep you up at night?. Do you feel so much pressure that you can’t catch your breath or keep up with all the demands? If you have answered “yes” to these questions, you may be suffering from stress and burnout.

Tags: Child Welfare Workers,Stress

Stories from Our Families

Nothing makes us happier than hearing from the families who have worked with us.  Jeffrey and Dorene were placed with a brother and sister in October, 2010 and they recently finalized their adoption!

The new parents shared the following story with us…

Tags: Parents’ Stories

How Horseback Riding Transformed My Child

From a very early age, my parents instilled in me a sense of respect and compassion for the animal world which I have carried into my adult life and tried to nurture in my own children. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have cats purring at my feet or dogs greeting me at the door at the end of each day. My love of animals has enriched my life in immeasurable ways, so when my then nine year old daughter announced that she wanted to start taking horseback riding lessons, I enthusiastically supported her interest. Secretly, however, I worried about the financial investment (horseback riding is not cheap), her level of commitment (her track record in the extra-curricular activity department was less than stellar), and most importantly, whether or not she would be safe.

Tags: Summer Camps,Adoption

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 is due to be released in theaters this Thursday, May 26.  In this second installment of the Kung Fu Panda Series, Po is living a peaceful new life as The Dragon Warrior when his idyllic world is threatened by a villain named Lord Shen, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to take over China and destroy Kung Fu. With his friends and fellow Kung Fu Masters, The Furious Five (Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey) by his side, Po must face and destroy the evil villain. In order to save China, Po embarks on a journey to find his biological father and discovers along the way what makes a family “real”.

Tags: Book/Movie Review