Archive | Adoption

NEW Program: Search and Reunion Counseling and Support

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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How to Talk to Your Child about Adoption: Infancy to Age 12

Workshop Series How to Talk to Your Child about Adoption: Infancy to Age 12 DATE: Spring Date TBA LOCATION:  IAC Pennington NJ office Presented by Joni Mantell LCSW REGISTER HERE 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 […]

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Young Adults Leaving Home

As seen on NYSCCC.org “There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children: One is roots – The other is wings”  Hodding Carter, Sr. Leaving home is a challenging period in nearly everyone’s life, fraught with conflicting feelings and needs: the earnest desire for independence and autonomy, alongside the fear of failure, and […]

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Healthy Holiday Tip Sheet

    Third Thursday of the Month Group in 2014 SEASONS GREETINGS, Tis the season for heightened emotions. Whether you’re in the process of building your family or already parenting, I hope this Healthy Holidays Tip Sheet arrives in the nick of time. Pictured here are members of what was the Third Thursday of the Month Pre-adoption group at […]

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Joni Mantell speaks at New York University

Upcoming Event:   Joni Mantell, LCSW is presenting as part of a panel on Infertility and Adoption at the NYU at the Silver School of Social Work 2016 Professional Seminar Series This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning’s Spring 2016 Seminar Series. February 12, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm […]

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Workshop Series: Adoption and the College Admissions Process

Workshop Adoption and the College Admissions Process Time: 1:00pm- 3:00pm Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016 (new date because of snow last week) Location: IAC Center, 2 Tree Farm Pennington NJ 08534 This workshop is designed for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their families. The college admissions process can be a stressful experience for students […]

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Knowing When to Stop Trying

  Written By: Janet Jaffe, Ph.D./ Center for Reproductive Psychology /www.ReproductivePsych.org / www.UnsungLullabies.com One of the most profound decisions you must make when dealing with infertility – as important as the decision to try to conceive in the first place – is the decision to stop trying. How do you know when enough is enough? How can […]

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Adoption or Donor – Making the decision

Written By: Judith Kottick, LCSW Montclair, New Jersey/ judykottick@comcast.net/ (973) 746-7370   For many couples and individuals yearning for a child, it is unwelcome news to hear that the time has come to transition from the dream of parenting a child of your genes to an alternative family building method. While accepting the concept of non-genetic parenting […]

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Parenting the Older Adopted Child

Participants will learn typical characteristics and behaviors of children adopted over the age of two years and the long term parenting skills necessary to facilitate a successful outcome. Speaker/Moderator Bridget Devine, LSW, is an IAC Center Counselor with extensive clinical experience working with all adoption triad members; families of children with developmental delays, learning disabilities, […]

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