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 […]
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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 […]
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 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: […]
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT) Location: Pennington, NJ This workshop is for families who have or are planning to adopt a child. Some adoption agencies will accept this workshop as credit toward the home study requirements. Certificates will be issued upon request. In this workshop you will […]
April 1, 2017 at Rutgers University, Piscataway NJ – Concerned Persons for Adoption Workshop “Let’s Talk Adoption” Conference http://cpfanj.org/conference_2017.aspx This conference covers pre and post adoption topics and is for individuals, couples and professionals. CEU credits available. Joni Mantell, LCSW IAC Director and Susan Merkel, LSW IAC Counselor will each present two workshops.
May 2, 2017 NYU School of Social Work Conference Family Building Options and The Role of the Clinician http://socialwork.nyu.edu/alumni/continuing-education/trainings-and-conferences/upcoming-events/Familybuildingoptions.html This conference is for social workers and human services professionals who provide services to individuals and families at any stage of family building through adoption, surrogacy or other Artificial Reproductive Technologies (ART) options. CEU credits available. Joni […]
May 31 – June 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. 4th Annual Jefferson Infertility Counseling Conference: When It Takes More Than Two to Make a Baby https://cme.jefferson.edu/content/infertility2017 addresses challenges in infertility counseling due to advances in assisted reproductive technologies and the associated psychological, ethical and legal issues that accompany these advancements. This 3-day course is designed […]
Monthly at IAC in Pennington NJ – IAC Adoption Talking Circle On the 4th Friday of the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Our Talking Circle is not a therapy group; instead it is a place for adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents to talk about about adoption, search and reunion; and to feel a […]
Spring 2017 at IAC in Pennington NJ – Workshop: How to Talk to Kids about Adoption from Infancy to age 12 https://iaccenter.com/how-to-talk-to-a-child-about-adoption-infancy-to-12-years/ – Home Study Certificates available.
IAC Center Responds to Change in NJ Adoption Law With gratitude to the adoption rights advocates at NJ-CARE IAC Center responds to the change in the NJ Adoption Law. Read about this in the Adoptive Families Magazine News Brief: New Jersey Unseals Adoption Records A New Jersey law signed in 2014 went into effect on January 1, 2017, and NJ […]
2017: A year in which Our Connections to Communities Are More Important than Ever. Join a Community for Personal and Family Connections: IAC Center offers groups, workshops and introductions to like-minded peers. For 2017 in addition to counseling we have: A brand new IAC Center Connections Program to meet the needs of adoptees, birth parents […]
Susan Merkel looked around the dining room at the elegant Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange that day in 1986, struggling to keep from blurting out the truth to people eating lunch at nearby tables. “I wanted to scream out to everyone present that I was meeting my mother for the very first time,” the Rutgers […]
Today birth families and adoptees are connecting through DNA databases, social media and access to original birth certificates. Many people find search and reunion to be “one of the most emotional experiences in their lives”. They report that “support was key” in helping them to deal with their feelings and questions and to navigate these […]
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