Workshops, Discussion Groups and Support Groups
Educational workshops & discussions groups are lead by adoption professionals and adoptive parents. Educational programs are held at convenient locations throughout the Capital District.
Topics include: Adoption & the Schools, Adoption: Where Do I Start?, Creating Lifebooks for Adopted & Foster Children, Developmental Stages: What Children Understand About Adoption & When, Issues in Transracial Adoption, Talking to Your Child about Adoption Issues, Smart Responses to Stupid Adoption Comments, Attachment Issues, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Special Education, Explaining Difficult Birth Families Stories to Children, & Panel of Adults who Join their Family by Adoption.
Social events have included children’s culture day, family activities (apple picking, outings at families homes, museum visits, hayrides), and playgroups.
Playgroups are hosted in AFCR's members homes. They are open to both AFCR members and non-members.
AFCR hosts an annual Cultural Day event in the spring. Events have included a fun filled afternoon of activities and entertainment celebrating our children's culture and learning about countries at one of our approved meeting locations or alternatively a trip to a local cultural museum. It is generally held on a Saturday in the spring.
AFCR’s most recent speaker was Jayne Schooler, author/co-author of seven books in the adoption field, including her newest, Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents. Speakers are often able to present at our events with the help of membership dues, grants and other local support organizations.