All meetings are held at the Settlement Home, 1607 Colony Creek Dr, Bldg. B, Austin, TX on the third Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by discussion groups for birth families, adopted people, and adoptive/prospective adoptive parents. If you have a topic that you would like to see presented at a future meeting, please let us know.
“Let’s Make a Lifebook…A Mini Workshop with Glitter, Glue and Guidance from the Adoption Guru” with Janie Cravens, LCSW
Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7pm
Come and learn some fundamentals about making that storybook for your child (or future child) that connects the adoption dots in a loving, sweet way. Janie Cravens will share ideas for story telling and book making. We will make some pages together for you to take home and take off with! Feel free to bring some of your child’s mementos, photos of their first family or first country/orphanages, foster parents, etc. There will be time for asking those vexing questions and exploring areas of concern when it comes to adoption talk, and a good time will be had by all.
Janie Cravens, LCSW has more than 30 years of experience in adoption, infertility, and birth parent concerns. She is a pioneer of open adoption who resides in Austin, where she owns a consulting company, Adoption Development Resources. Janie conducts trainings and workshops internationally on adoption and child welfare concerns. She is a long time supporter of Adoption Knowledge Affiliates and is Central Texas’s “guru” on all things adoption. Janie is recognized as an expert on adoption home studies, attachment, orphanage care and adoptive family education.
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7pm
A documentary about a trans-racial adoptee who finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of a family who didn’t know she existed, including her birth father. A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, CLOSURE. closuredocumentary.com
February 20, 2014 “Human Connections: They Power of Play” with Suzette Lamb, LPC-S
January 20, 2014 “Authenticity, Identity and the Adopted Individual” with Doug Feldt
November 8-9, 2013 AKA Conference “Chapters in Adoption: Telling Our Stories” with Keynote Speaker Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP
September 21, 2013 “Birthmother Stories” with Janet Mulcahy and Sheri Williams
September 16, 2013 “Back to the Books” Roundtable Book Review
August 19, 2013 “Race and Adoption” Panel with Families with Children from China
July 15, 2013 Lecture Video – Adoption & Addiction: Remembered not Recalled by Paul Sunderland
June 17, 2013 “The Father’s Perspective” A Panel of Adoptive Fathers
May 20, 2013 Unlocking the Heart of Adoption
April 15, 2013 “Greatest Lessons Learned/Greatest Lessons Needed” (with extended discussion group time)
March 18, 2013 “Trust-Based Relational Intervention: How To Empower, Correct, and Connect With Your Adoptive Child” by Katie Ludtke, MA, LMFT-A
February 18, 2013 “Martha McCutchan’s Adoption Story” by Martha McCutchan and Family
January 21, 2013 “Changed by Adoption: Stories from the Adoption Triad” by Janie McMahan
November 2-3, 2012, AKA Annual Conference with Keynote Speaker, Sherry Eldridge
October 15, 2012 “Openness in Adoption Panel” by Patricia Cody, PhD, MSW and a panel of adoptive parents representing the various paths to adoptions (private adoption, international adoption and adoption of children from foster care)
September 17, 2013 “Openness in Adoption” by Patricia Cody, PhD, MSW
August 20, 2012 “The Myth of the Five Stages of Grief & the New Science of Loss” presented by Suzi McCoy, M.S., LPC
July 16, 2012 “Teenage Adoption” presented by Sally Fussell, LCSW.
June 18, 2012 “A Birth Father’s Story” presented by the birth father (a member).
May 21, 2012 “The Hero’s Journey from the Primal Wound to Wholeness: The Development of the Self in Adoptees” presented by Michelle Bohls, LMFT.
April 16, 2012 “How to Talk about the Hard Truths of Adoption” presented by Robyn Gobbel, LCSW
March 19, 2012 Viewing and discussion of the movie First Person Plural.
February 20, 2012 “Nature vs Nurture” with Kathryn Paige Harden.
January 16, 2012 “20 Years With AKA – How Does AKA Serve the Core Issues of the Triad?” presented by a panel of AKA members