AIA Adoption Seminar Series

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When you choose to adopt you are making a lifetime decision. Find out whether
adoption is the way you want to build your family by exploring the options,
gathering the facts, and empowering yourself to make the choice that is right
for you.

Oct. 4: Opening the Door to Adoption
Amy Rackear, CSW, discusses taking the leap from infertility treatment to
adoption, and how to prepare for your home study.

Oct.11: Agency Adoption
Dawn Smith-Pliner, CSW, Friends in Adoption; and Donnamarie Jones, CSW,
show you how to adopt the agency way, by describing how two very different
agencies help you find your baby and bring her home.

Oct. 18: Independent Adoption: The Legal Nuts & Bolts/The Emotional Journey
Aaron Britvan, Esq., and Lisa Schuman, CSW, give you the how to’s and
provide tips on coping with the ups and downs of this process.

Nov. 1: International Adoption: Explore the Options
Barbara Greenberg, Esq., Cathy Danowski, Caseworker, New Beginnings
Family and Children’s Services, and an adoptive parent who has adopted from
Russia tell you what to expect when adopting from Latin America, China, and

Nov. 8: International Adoption: Addressing Concerns About the Health and
Development of Infants & Children
Andrew Adesman, MD, Director, Adoption Evaluation Center, Schneider
Children’s Hospital, helps you separate the myths from the realities,
providing medical information and telling you what you can do to understand a
child’s health status before you bring him home.

Nov. 16*: Inside the Adoption Triad
A birthmother, adoptee, and adoptive parents share the adoption
experience from their unique perspectives, then answer your questions. Monica
Lowy, Spence-Chapin Outreach Coordinator, will attend.

*Note: Nov. 16th meeting is on a Thursday.

The series will be moderated by Carolyn Berger, CSW, Adoptive Parent and Aia
Chair, and Corey Whelan, AIA Staff Member.

When: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where: The National Council of Jewish Women, 820 2nd Ave. (Betw. E. 43rd and
E. 44th Sts.), 2nd fl.

Cost: $300 per aia membership household.

Space is limited.For more information and to register, please call Corey
Whelan at or e-mail her at .

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