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  • How to Talk to Your Child about Adoption: Infancy to Age 12 Bibliography - How to Talk to Your Kids about Adoption Workshop Workshop Outline The Whole Truth  The Facts of Life  Budding Curiosity: Talking about adoption Ages 3 to 5 Talking 3-5  Talking tips till 6 Talking to Kids about Adoption ages 6-8 Talking tips 7 to 12 Dealing With Your Child’s Birth Parent Fantasy  Talking to Your […]
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  • Korean Spa Suggestions - In case the Hanji Box Movie tempted you to seek out a Korean Spa experience here are some options: Island Spa & Sauna in Edison, NJ (732) 253-7379 Open 24 hours Island Spa & Sauna a 30,000 square feet day spa aims to revitalize your mind, body and soul. We offer unique dry saunas made […]
  • Search and Reunion Bibliography and Resources - Closed era adoptions are very different from most modern domestic adoptions in that adoptees and their adoptive parents typically had very little if any information; and adoptive parents were not educated about “How to talk to kids about adoption.” As a result there are many scars from the shame and secrecy of this era. Search […]
  • Open Adoption Books and Resources - For Pre-Adoptive and Adoptive Parents   Open Adoption Reference Guide: by Joni Mantell, MSW – This is a good guide for starting this relationship on the right foot, dealing with bumps on the road and keeping the focus on the purpose of the relationship: the best interests of the child. The Open-Hearted Way to Open […]
  • ADOPTION BOOKS for Kids and Teens - Ages 2 to 5 and up Katz, Karen. Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale.  Through mystical storytelling and beautiful imagery, the process of adoption from start to finish is told in terms that will enchant young readers. (A Joni Mantell favorite) Curtis, Jamie Lee.  Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born. Some family […]
  • Pre –Adoptive and Adoptive Parents Books and Resources For Pre-Adoptive Parents - Adopting After Infertility, by Patricia Irwin Johnson.  A book to help you and your partner assess where you are at; when and how you are able to move from medical treatments to adoption. In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption, By Elisabeth O’Toole (2010).  An excellent book for grandparents, other […]
  • Multicultural and Trans-racial Adoption Books and Resources - This list was developed by Stefani Moon, LPC, Program Director for the Open Arms Adoption Network and Joni Mantell, LCSW, Director of IAC Counseling Center made some additions   Books for Adults: I’m Chocolate You’re Vanilla: Raising healthy black and biracial children in a race-conscious world by Marguerite A. Wright The Harris Narratives: An introspective […]
  • Discovery and Adoption: - Joni Mantell presents THE HANJI BOX + discussion with director Nora Jacobson   Please join us on Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 PM at the Hopewell Theatre for a special viewing of an award-winning film, The Hanji Box, which depicts the stormy relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter which is complicated by adoption […]
  • Teens Born Via Sperm/Egg Donation or Surrogacy Are Doing Fine 10/05/2017 | by Dawn Davenport - Teens Born Via Sperm/Egg Donation or Surrogacy Are Doing Fine 10/05/2017 | by Dawn Davenport Dawn Davenport Are kids conceived thru 3rd party reproduction (donor sperm, egg, embryo, or surrogacy) less attached to their families and are their parents less happy? People have speculated for years that families and children conceived through third party donation […]
  • Third Time’s the Charm: A Mother’s Gift to Her Daughter - By Susan Merkel, MSW, LSW/smerkelmsw@iaccenter.com IAC Center Counselor   While many people start their adoption process unsure of where, and how to proceed; Lisa and Harry had a unique perspective which led them specifically to Guatemala. After learning medical issues would prevent a safe pregnancy, the couple took a break from their jobs and travelled […]
  • The Ten Top Things Birth Mothers Wish Adoptive Parents Knew By Joni Mantell, LCSW, Director IAC Center -                             A Quote from a birthmother – “I did not think I could do adoption because I did not fit what I thought to be a birth mother.  I felt very alone and isolated in the experience.”   Each of us is an individual who is placing for our own reasons, yet we do share […]
  • Stories: IAC Adoption Talking Circle  - Join us or our NEW program and please share this event with others that would benefit   IAC Center Adoption Talking Circle– Our Talking Circle is a place for all adoption constellation members to talk about adoption and to hear the perspectives of other people that are in also trying to navigate complex adoption relationships and improve […]
  • Stories: IAC Adoption Talking Circle - Join us or our NEW program and please share this event with others that would benefit IAC Center Adoption Talking Circle– Our Talking Circle is a place for all adoption constellation members to talk about adoption and to hear the perspectives of other people that are in also trying to navigate complex adoption relationships and improve their […]
  • JOIN US: Spring Adoption Programs at IAC Counseling Center - JOIN US: Spring Adoption Programs at IAC Counseling Center Hope you will join us and spread the word about these two heart-centered adoption programs: ♡ For pre-adoptive and adoptive parents; and professionals: Workshop: How to Talk to Kids about Adoption from Infancy to age 12   Home Study Certificates available. Date: Sunday June 4, 2017 Time: […]