Adoptive Families

is a support group founded in 1997 that now offers an impressive range of programs for families adopting children from other countries. For 13 years we have organized the annual Adoption Fair for prospective parents. We provide educational programs for waiting and new families on essential topics such as choosing special needs adoption, preparing for and coping with travel, health issues in adoption, promoting attachment post-adoption depression. Parent meetings cover many important aspects of raising adopted children: attachment issues, race and adoption, sensory issues, school issues, telling the adoption story etc. We offer a workshop on making lifebooks, and a W.I.S.E UP workshop that teaches children how to handle questions and comments about adoption. We build children’s positive self-image with events that celebrate their country of origin; Lunar New Year and Moon Festival for Asian children, an Eastern European celebration, and one for the Americas, most of these in partnership with the Discovery Center. Through Missouri State Universitys Camp Bear, we offer a weeklong summer camp on Chinese culture, Camp Panda. We also hold social events where families with children from many countries get together: our summer picnic and swim party, and our holiday party in December. We bring in outside speakers, the most important being the nationally-renowned Heart of the Matter Seminar on adoptive parenting. We also have a lending library of books, videos and DVDS on all adoption issues. In addition, the President, Jessica Gerard, is a recognized local expert on every aspect of international adoption, and is always available to give information, advice and support. Finally, she sends out an online newsletter every month.
All this for only $25 a year membership dues!
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Holiday Party At Jessica Gerards House

All Adoptive Parents are Invited to this Event

Saturday, December 7 from 6:00P - 9:00P

4349 E. Kensington Street in Springfield, MO

Wine and soda will be served

Please bring a finger food to share

Please RSVP jgerard95@aol.com or 882-2516