Adoption: From the Classroom to the Playground

You’ve heard a lot about how to handle the first months together as a family. You’ve read books. Taken classes. Made plans. But, what about a few years later? Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school all bring new issues for adoptive families, ones you may not have considered back when you were paper chasing and eagerly waiting to bring your child home. Join us to discuss some of these issues—learning issues, classroom issues, and relationship issues—our children and our families will face now and in the years ahead.

Compelling research about the effects of traumatic infancy on the brain and learning. Help to understand what is “normal” and developmental milestones to look for and how to notice red flags. An overview of how to advocate for your child to get the help he or she may need in the classroom. A panel discussion with parents and educational professionals focusing on both academic and social issues our children may face. Connection and encouragement for your family going forward.

The Sparrow Fund and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia partner together to bring you their first training opportunity for all adoptive families—domestic or international—at any stage—waiting for your child or home for years.


Speakers include:

Rand Coleman, PhD, Neuropsychologist

Davida Harlem, PhD, Developmental Psychologist and Director of the Center for Developmental Adoptive Medicine

Stephanie Drabble, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Cheryl Nitz, ACSW LCSW, Director of The Attachment and Bonding Center of PA


Registration includes lunch.

Space is limited, and registration will close once we reach capacity.

Sponsors Include:

Kay Bratt, Author

Karen Henry Clark, Author of Sweet Moon Baby

Barefoot Books

Date Saturday, May 05, 2012  
Time 9:00 am EST to 3:00 pm EST
Contact Mark Raudenbush
E-mail Mark Raudenbush
Where Franklin Commons View Map
Franklin Conference Room
400 Franklin Ave.
Phoenixville, PA 19460

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