Monthly Meetings

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.

Upcoming Meetings


Monday, July 20, 2015 7pm
‘An Adoptee Roared’ and ‘Four Birthmothers’  Jean Strauss Documentaries

‘An Adoptee ROARed in Ohio’ chronicles how Betsie Norris, an Ohio adoptee and founder of Adoption Network Cleveland, fought for 24 years to provide adult adoptees with access to their original birth certificates. When she began this effort in 1989, unbeknownst to Betsie, her own adoptive father had played a role in sealing records in 1964. After he confessed his actions to her, he battled by her side to reverse the law. Her efforts culminated in the new law that will give 400,000 adoptees access to their birth records starting March 20, 2015.

‘Four Birthmothers’ is a short film created with the express purpose of educating legislators in regard to Adoptee Rights OBC access bills.  The idea being that they don’t need to discriminate against adopted children in order to “protect the birthmother”.  Ohio is the most recent state to change their laws to allow adult adoptees access to original birth records. Those who are opposed to the changes state their concern about the privacy promised to birth mothers. But those groups, as a rule, are not birth mothers themselves.  In this video, four birth mothers discuss their experiences, their journey, their pain. These four birth mothers talk of loneliness, loss, and continuing on with their lives. They talk about their desires for reunification.  As a rule, these birth mothers didn’t actually choose relinquishment. With no one to advise or help these very young birth mothers, there was no advocacy.

 

Monday, August 17, 2015 7pm
Adoptee Sibling Legislation

Join us for our August meeting to hear the gripping story of the passing of House Bill 1781. This new law assists biological siblings adopted into different families to maintain contact thoughout their pre and post adoption experience. Carl Gustasfon will share his family’s compelling story of hardship and triumph in this area of adoption law reform.

This topic will appeal to those members of the triad currently adopting, families with minor adopted children, birthparents who have relinquished multiple children to adoption and want to know their biological children’s rights,  and adoptees curious about current adoption law and recent changes to adoption law.


Past Meetings:

June 2015 – Trauma Doesn’t Tell Time by Robyn Gobbel, LCSW

May 2015- The Nature of Grief and Loss and How We Can Learn from It by Candyce Ossefort-Russell, LPC-S

April 2015 – Supporting Adoptees in Their Journey of Self Acceptance

March 2015 – Genetic Genealogy with Randy Whited

February 2015 – Book Sharing

January 2015 – A Simple Piece of Paper Documentary by Jean Strauss

November 2014 – November 7-8, 2014 Annual Conference with Leslie Pate Mackinnon, L.C.S.W.

October 2014 - October 20, 2014 ”Making Sense of Sensory Processing Issues-What You Need to Know” Tammy Santoro

September, 2014 - September 15, 2014 “What’s it Like to Have Biological Siblings Who Grow Up in a Separate Home?” Panel of Presenters

August 2014 – August 18, 2014 “Doing Their Best When Out of Your Nest; Helping Adopted and Foster Teens Prepare for Adult Living” with Janet Legler Luft LMSW

July 2014 – July 21, 2014 “What I Thought I Knew About Adoption as a Mental Health Professional of 40 Years And What I Have Come to Learn as an Adoptive Parent of 14 Years ” with Suzi McCoy

June 2014 – June 16, 2014 “Adoptee Rights to Their Records & Access to their Original Birth Certificates” with Shirley Dodson and Connie Gray

May 2014 – May 19, 2014 “Healthy Openness in Adoption” with Michelle Crawford, LPC

April 2014 – March  21, 2014 “Closure Ducumentary”

March 2014 – March  17, 2014 “Let’s Make a Lifebook…A Mini Workshop with Glitter, Glue and Guidance from the Adoption Guru” with Janie Cravens, LCSW

February 2014 – February  20, 2014 “Human Connections:  They Power of Play” with Suzette Lamb, LPC-S

January 2014 – January 20, 2014 “Authenticity, Identity and the Adopted Individual” with Doug Feldt

November 2013 – November 8-9, 2013 AKA Conference “Chapters in Adoption:  Telling Our Stories” with Keynote Speaker Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP

October 2013 – September 21, 2013 “Birthmother Stories” with Janet Mulcahy and Sheri Williams

September 2013 – September 16, 2013 “Back to the Books”  Roundtable Book Review

August 2013 – August 19, 2013 “Race and Adoption” Panel with Families with Children from China

July 2013 – July 15, 2013 Lecture Video – Adoption & Addiction:  Remembered not Recalled by Paul Sunderland

June 2013 – June 17, 2013 “The Father’s Perspective” A Panel of Adoptive Fathers

May 2013 – May 20, 2013 Unlocking the Heart of Adoption

April 2013 – April 15, 2013 “Greatest Lessons Learned/Greatest Lessons Needed” (with extended discussion group time)

March 2013 – March 18, 2013 “Trust-Based Relational Intervention:  How To Empower, Correct, and Connect With Your Adoptive Child” by Katie Ludtke, MA, LMFT-A

February 2013 – February 18, 2013 “Martha McCutchan’s Adoption Story” by Martha McCutchan and Family

January 2013 – January 21, 2013 “Changed by Adoption:  Stories from the Adoption Triad” by Janie McMahan

November 2012 – November 2-3, 2012, AKA Annual Conference with Keynote Speaker, Sherry Eldridge

October 2012 – 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 2012 – September 17, 2013 “Openness in Adoption” by Patricia Cody, PhD, MSW

August 2012 – August 20, 2012  “The Myth of the Five Stages of Grief & the New Science of Loss” presented by Suzi McCoy, M.S., LPC

July 2012 – July 16, 2012 “Teenage Adoption” presented by Sally Fussell, LCSW.

June 2012 – June 18, 2012 “A Birth Father’s Story” presented by the birth father (a member).

May 2012 – 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 2012 – April 16, 2012 “How to Talk about the Hard Truths of Adoption” presented by Robyn Gobbel, LCSW

March 2012 – March 19, 2012 Viewing and discussion of the movie First Person Plural.

February 2012 – February 20, 2012 “Nature vs Nurture” with Kathryn Paige Harden.

January 2012 – January 16, 2012 “20 Years With AKA – How Does AKA Serve the Core Issues of the Triad?” presented by a panel of AKA members