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 612-746-5658 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.
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. 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.
- March 20, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)
- May 22, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)
- July 24, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)
- September 25, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)
- December 4, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)
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.
- April 22, 2017 (Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am)
- 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 watch the documentary Adopted a film by Barb Lee. After watching the film there will be a 30-45 minute discussion with other participates and staff members. This seminar will be held after the Openness Seminar and lunch will be provided.
- April 22, 2017 (Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm)
- October 14, 2017 (Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm)
This seminar is focused on adoption from the adopted child’s perspective. This panel features adopted children of various ages who will share their experience and adoption story. The panel will speak on their experience growing up adopted, what their degree of openness is with their birth family, and hear the advice they have to share with adoptive parents, birth parents and other adoptees.
Adoptive Triad Panel
The triad panel includes all members of the adoption relationship: the adoptee, adoptive parents and birth parent(s). You’ll hear the birth parent(s) share about their journey in making an adoption plan, the adoptive parent’s story in what lead them to pursue adoption, and the adoptee’s experience in this unique relationship.
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
- November 13, 2017 (Monday 7-9pm)