JOIN US: Spring Adoption Programs at IAC Counseling Center

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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:
Home Study Certificates available.
Date: Sunday June 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Place:  IAC Center, 21 Route 31, Building B, Suite B5, Pennington NJ 08534
Facilitated by Joni S. Mantell, LCSW
♡ For birth parents, adult adoptees, adoptive parents, foster parents, siblings of adoptees – especially those considering or navigating Search and Reunion 

A NEW program:

Our Talking Circle is not a therapy group. Instead it is a place for all adoption constellation members to talk about adoption and to hear the perspectives of other adoption constellation members which may prove to be helpful in navigating complex adoption relationships and improving self-understanding – all while enjoying a sense of community.

Date: Friday March 24, 2017 and on the 4th Friday of each month
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Place:  IAC Center, 21 Route 31, Building B, Suite B5, Pennington NJ 08534

Registration Required: Contact IAC Center Counselor Susan Merkel, MSW, LSW at or 609-694-6065

REGISTRATION Required so we know the number of people to expect. There is no required fee. Donations are accepted.
Talking Circles originated with Native American tribes and were created as vehicle for communication, sharing of one’s personal experiences and the opportunity to learn from others experiences and perspectives – all of which develops an enhanced sense of community.  A ‘talking piece’ is passed around the circle and only the person with the piece has the opportunity to speak. If you do not wish to speak, you simply pass the talking piece to the next person.  We will be using a green jasper stone – a valued healing stone symbolizing grounded energy – and we promise a safe, respectful atmosphere. Jasper is said to help us to be less judgmental and to know on a soul level that we are all connected.
IAC Counseling Center is offering this service in response to the change in the N.J. law allowing adoptees born or adopted in NJ to obtain Original Birth Certificates. We understand that the opportunity to search and meet birth family members is complex, emotionally triggering, and deserving of support.

Contemporary adoptive families have benefited immeasurably from the experiences and advocacy work of adoptees raised in closed adoptions. With full respect to them and especially to the

advocates that worked passionately for thirty years to get the new law passed, we are offering IACCenter Adoption Talking Circle for free, although it will be professionally led like all IAC Center Counseling programs.

♡ This is work I especially love and feel excited to offer. I would appreciate your sharing

IAC Center Adoption Talking Circle link and information widely with your personal contacts and via Social Media as we are counting on ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ to spread the word!
Join us for one of our ♡ – centered programs,
This promises to be an exciting and complex new chapter in adoption. Let’s join together to share our stories and to learn from each other,

Based in Pennington, NJ