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.
“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 ”
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7pm
This presentation will explore the gap between what Suzi McCoy knew about working with adoption issues when they came up in her professional counseling career of almost 40 years and what she has learned by living as an adoptive parent of a 14 year old son. We will touch on attachment styles, teen issues in adoptees, and what it means to be “adoption competent” as a professional.
Suzi McCoy is a single parent of two children, a biological daughter, age 29, who has just graduated from the Medical School at the University of Wisconsin, and a 14 year old son in the 8th grade, whom she adopted at birth. She has been a member of AKA for about 16 years and is currently serving as the Education Chair.
“Doing Their Best When Out of Your Nest; Helping Adopted and Foster Teens Prepare for Adult Living”
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7pm
Learn more about the feelings, dreams, and challenges of older teens preparing for adult life. This discussion will cover:
the tangible and intangible skills needed for success,
assessing your youth’s level of self-sufficiency
the changing roles of parents as teens become young adults
using teachable moments at home and in life to help youth learn about money management, job skills, cooking, housing, interpersonal skills, and responsibility.
Presenter: Janet Legler Luft LMSW, has been an Adoption Social Worker with Dillon International, Inc. for over 25 years. She was the Statewide Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Program Manager for DFPS, and prior to that was PAL Program Coordinator in Houston, Tx. She received a National Independent Living Association (NILA) award for creative program development in 2002. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, in the fields of Education, Psychology, and Social Work.
“What’s it Like to Have Biological Siblings Who Grow Up in a Separate Home?”
Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7pm
“Openness in Adoption” has dramatically changed the landscape of “familial” relationships for those persons touched by adoption.The complexities of birth-sibling relationships might bring up issues around a person’s identity vis-a-vis birth order, confusion and pain around relinquishment, jealousy of siblings’ claim to the birthfamily, and more.
Variations on the theme might include minor children in open adoption who have older birth siblings who came before or younger birth siblings who came later. Likewise, what is it like for adult adoptees who search for and find birth siblings who grew up in a separate home? Various triad members of AKA will present as a panel on their experience with birth siblings in adoption.
June 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