Adoption Seminars

New Life Family Services provides adoption and post-adoption seminars for current and past clients. All seminars, including Information Meetings require preregistration. Please contact the Administrative Social Worker at 612-746-5670 for more information or to register for a seminar.

2017 Adoption Events

The dates below are subject to change based on registration. Contact the Administrative Social Worker at (612) 746-5670 to register and confirm that the seminar is taking place.

Informational Meeting

At the Information Meeting, members of our adoption staff share detailed information about New Life Family Services, our adoption services and expectations. Both husband and wife are required to attend the information meeting. Some of the items discussed include the adoption study process, expectant parent requests, openness, how expectant parents come to a decision of choosing a family, placement and finalization. We also explain our programs including full and limited service adoption, networking options, and embryo adoption. Upon attending the meeting, you will receive the formal adoption application, educational literature and other useful tools to assist you in your decision making process. Approval of the Preliminary Application is required for attendance.

  • September 25, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)
  • December 4, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)

Informational Meeting for Embryo Adoption

New Life offers an Information Meeting specific to Embryo Adoption for those who are interested in this type of adoption rather than domestic infant adoption. Members of our adoption staff share detailed information about New Life Family Services, explain the embryo adoption home study and process, and discuss the embryo programs we work with. Upon attending the meeting, you will receive the formal adoption application, educational literature and other useful tools to assist you in your decision making process. Approval of the Preliminary Application is required for attendance. For more general information on embryo adoption, visit our webpage here.

  • September 14, 2017 (Thursday 7-8:30pm)
  • November 2, 2017 (Thursday 7-8:30pm)

Openness Seminars

At the Openness Seminar you will receive an educational packet full of information about open adoption; what is open adoption? levels of openness, what openness is not, history behind openness, professional research on openness, specific New Life research on openness, the benefits and challenges associated with openness, keys to a successful open adoption and the roles people have in open adoption. The adoption unit staff members will walk through this educational packet with you, highlighting everything and going into depths on a few key items.  After walking through the educational packet you will have a chance to talk frankly about your feelings about openness with other participates (group discussion). To end our time we invite birth parents to come share their stories with you. You can hear about openness from a birth parent’s perspective and ask them the questions that have been weighing on your mind. Both husband and wife are required to attend this seminar while in the adoption study process.

  • October 14, 2017 (Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am)

Transracial Parenting Education Seminar

All families open to transracial parenting are required to attend this seminar. During the seminar, we will watch a documentary and some short videos about transracial adoption, and adoption staff will lead discussion for participants throughout. Prospective adoptive families also receive additional education on this topic during the home study process. This seminar will be held after the Openness Seminar and lunch will be provided.

  • October 14, 2017 (Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm)

Adoptive Parent Panel

Feel like you are the only one who has struggled through your adoption process? You are not alone! The Adoptive Parent Panel is an excellent place to hear several families share their adoption experience. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from adoptive families on every aspect of their adoption process from the waiting process to finalization.

  • February 27, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)

Post Adoption Seminar

This year’s post adoption seminar will focus on transracial parenting in adoption. Come hear from a panel of parents who adopted transracially, and hear from their children about what it is like growing up in a transracial family. We will allow for time for questions from participants. This seminar is open to New Life waiting families, and families who have adopted through New Life, as well as family members or friends who could benefit from this topic!

  • November 13, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)

About New Life Family Services

At New Life Family Services, we compassionately open our doors and our hearts to women and men who believe abortion is the “only” solution to an unplanned pregnancy. Through practical and spiritual counsel, we provide education and support with the hope each client will make a life-affirming decision for their unborn child.

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