“Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does.
So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's
when you find out who you are." - Joss Whedon

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Will you be there this Saturday, April 28th?

We hope you can make it to the Bringing Baby Home Workshop this Saturday. It will be held from 9am - 4pm in Covington, WA. It is a great class for anyone expecting an addition to their family (either through adotpion or pregancy). If you are not able to register, it is okay. Just stop by. You will gain increased insight into adding a baby to your relationship. See you there!
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Bringing Baby Home Workshop - Saturday, April 28th 9-4pm

Some Expectant Parents know how long they have remaining in their gestation, but others (like those hoping to "conceive" via adoption) do not.  This class is created for expectant parents and parents of young infants and toddlers.  If you know anyone expecting a baby or someone expecting through adoption send them to this class.

It is a great opportunity to be more prepared to bring an infant into your life and family.  (If you have a young toddler, this class can be helpful as well.)  We encourage all adoptive applicants to attend along with any expectant parents or new parents of toddlers.  Invite your friends, this is a great workshop and we are honored to offer it through LDS Family Services.  This will be our biggest education event of the year, we hope to see you there.  This event is eligible to be a part of your Adoption Education so be sure to let your LDSFS Caseworker know if you attend. 

When:  Saturday, April 28th, 9am - 4pm

Where: The Kentwood LDS Church Building: 26106 164th AVE SE, Covington, WA 98042

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about bringing a baby home.

Please RSVP to Gwenn Goodsell if you plan to attend and to order your $35 manual.

You can visit the Bringing Baby Home Website for more information on the course.  Our instructors will be Aimee Heffernan and Kaylene Faucette.  The manual will provide you with the information from the course. The course is highly recommended and the manual is a key part of the classes success.  The Bringing Baby Home Workshop typically costs up to $150 a person and FSA is covering the cost so that you can attend for free with only the $35 expense for the manual.  (The Bringing Baby Home manual is not required to attend, but highly recommended).

Here's a little bit more about the course:

"Prepare yourself for life with your baby and discover how to be the best parenting team possible. In a relaxed and supportive environment with a trained facilitator, learn how to strengthen your relationship with your partner and foster your baby's development during this new and challenging time in your life.  Create a caring and nurturing atmosphere in your home and learn to cope with conflict in a positive way. This workshop, developed by renowned relationship experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, helps to prepare you for the most important and rewarding job you will ever have, raising a child."

The AFFEC (A Family For Every Child) Matching Program

The Free AFFEC Matching Assistance Program:
  • Are you looking for a child over the age of 6?
  • Are you looking for a sibling group of 2 or more?
  • Can you parent a child with challenging to difficult behaviors?
  • Do you have experience with medical needs?
Opening your home to a child in need is certainly a special calling. If any of these needs meet your family heart's desire, our Matching Assistance Program could be for you. Matching Assistance is a password protected membership program with additional child listings, helping support qualified, current approved home studied families looking for available waiting foster children.

We understand that adoption workers, and caseworkers as well, have very high case loads and many simply do not have the time and resources to recruit for one family day in and day out. That is where AFFEC steps in.

Our goal is to work alongside families providing them with one on one communication, assurance and assistance in learning how to best represent themselves in their family biography. In addition, helping families by performing national child searches based on information provided within your approved homestudy and family biography.

We are NOT taking place of your adoption agency or your assigned adoption worker. They are extremely important to you during the adoption process. We work alongside you as part of a team to help identify a child or sibling group available within the foster care system in the United States.

How to Sign Up for Matching Assistance with AFFEC
Learn more about the AFFEC Matching Assistance Program
Learn more about Program Options at AFFEC

Nora Sharp: AFFEC Matching Assistance Coordinator
880 Beltline Road Springfield OR 97477
Fax: 541-343-2866
Phone: 877-343-2856