2018 Class Schedule

Classes are from 6:00-8:00PM at Believer’s Chapel, 1820 S. Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro. Please note that child care is not available. If you are planning to attend please let the agency know at (615) 898-0803 or cindy@heavensentchildren.com

January 29th  What to Expect in Domestic Adoption

We will explore what to expect when adopting domestically and important things to remember when building a relationship with the birth parents. This will include meeting prior to the birth of the child, what to expect at the hospital, and how to maintain a relationship after the birth if it is something that both parties desire. In addition, we will cover important things to know when preparing to bring your baby home from the hospital.

 

February 26th    What to Expect in International Adoption:  Dossier, Referral & Travel

International adoption can be an overwhelming process that seems insurmountable.  We are going to cover the key components to international adoption and have you prepared for dossier preparation, common mistakes with paperwork, the referral process, preparing to bring your child home, and travel abroad and back.  This is an essential class for anyone about to undertake an international adoption.  In addition, we will cover important things to know when meeting your child and eventually making the long trip home.

 

March 19th     Talking With Your Child About Adoption: Now Is The Time

Every parent wants to do their best and help their child feel confident about their adoption story. This class will explore positive ways to share adoption with your child, how to answer difficult questions, and ways to empower your child to deal with questions from their peers. We will also discuss the search for identity and the added piece of the puzzle when we consider race and culture. Guest speakers will share their stories about talking with their child and answering difficult questions, trans-racial adoption, and instilling pride in how they joined their family.

 

April 30th     Birth Mother Panel

Birth mothers are often feared by prospective adoptive parents. The general public typically has a narrow view of who they are and why they choose adoption. We wish to dispel the myths and stereotypes surrounding birth mothers. Several of our past birth mothers and the adoptive families have agreed to share their stories with you and answer your questions about adoption from their perspective. It will be an eye opening and thought provoking class and one that we hope you will make every effort to attend.

 

May 21st        Fundraising & Financing Adoption

Guest speakers will discuss the adoption tax credit, fundraising, grant options, and creative ways to prepare for adoption expenses.

 

June 18th     Meeting Your Child/Welcome Home

The long awaited moment has finally arrived and the reality of parenting has hit full force.  This class will discuss the joy and challenges of coming home with your new child.  Guest speakers of international and domestic adoption will share their experience and give advice to help you have a smooth transition.

 

July 30th       Adoptee Panel

Come and hear children and adult adoptees adoption stories. The panel will represent domestic and international adoption, as well as trans-racial adoption. Each adoptee will share their own unique story and openly answer questions you may have about your concerns and fears about adoption and what the future may hold for your child.

 

August 27th     What to Expect in Domestic Adoption

See January description.

 

September 24th     Parenting:  Why Didn’t Anyone Give Me A Manual

No one ever said it’s easy, but it’s one of the most rewarding aspects of life.  There will be discussion on child development, challenging behaviors, and techniques for managing behavior in a positive way.  This is a wonderful class for families adopting a child of any age.  We will incorporate teachings from Dr. Karyn Purvis and Empowered to Connect.

 

October 29th          What to Expect in International Adoption:  Dossier, Referral & Travel

See February description.

 

November

No meeting this month

December

No meeting this month

Classes are from 6:00-8:00PM at Believer’s Chapel, 1820 S. Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro. Please note that child care is not available. If you are planning to attend please let the agency know at (615) 898-0803 or cindy@heavensentchildren.com

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