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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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Disposition of Cryopreserved Embryos: Now That You Have Them, Can You Use Them?

Joni Mantell, LCSW, IAC Center Director with Denise E. Seidelman (Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP), Nina E. Rumbold (Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP) is offering a CLE training for lawyers on: Disposition of Cryopreserved Embryos: Now That You Have Them, Can You Use Them? Learn more and Register: https://www.lawline.com/course/disposition-of-cryopreserved-embryos-now-that-you-have-them-can-you-use-them

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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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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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Keeping Your Relationship Healthy During Infertility

Written by Janet Jaffe, Ph.D./ Center for Reproductive Psychology / www.ReproductivePsych.org / www.UnsungLullabies.com Adapted from: Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility (St. Martin’s Press, 2005)   Infertility is not just an individual trauma. The stress on your relationship can leave you feeling that you’re alone in this, not facing this crisis together as partners, as a team. The […]

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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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Knowing When to Stop Trying

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 you […]

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Baby Care for Adoptive Parents – NY, NY

Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)   333 West 57th Street New York, NY This workshop is for you if you are waiting to adopt and would like to learn about baby care. Workshop Facilitator is Nicole Mayer RMA, RN, BSN, an IAC Center Educator, with extensive experience in infertility, OB/GYN, and newborn […]

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Therapeutic Writing: Putting Your Feelings on Paper

Infertility, parenting after adoption, growing up in an adoptive family, relinquishing a child—all give rise to complex emotions. Learn about the innovative Therapeutic Writing model that’s helping many lay bare and make sense of their innermost thoughts.

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Open Adoption: A Reference Guide for Families

By Joni Mantell; as seen in Adoptive Families Magazine Open adoption is a scary phrase. “When I first heard it, I wondered, would I feel like a ‘stand in’ or a ‘rent-a-mom’?” says Christine, from New Jersey. This is the most common initial reaction prospective parents have—that open adoption is “co-parenting.” Others may come to domestic […]

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