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. To submit a proposal to present at a monthly educational meeting click here. If you are able to volunteer to bring a snack to an educational meeting, sign up here.
May 16, 2016 7pm
Mother’s Day in Adoption: Birth Mother, Adoptive Mother & the Adoptee in the Middle
AKA Board Member, Karen Howry (Birth Mother/Adoptee) and her Adoptive Mother, Lauren Ide will share what Mother’s Day means in their family. They will discuss how they celebrate, acknowledge & mourn the interwoven love of the adoption triangle.
June 20, 2016 7pm
Free Screening of the Documentary, FATHER UNKNOWN.
Captured on a camera phone as it happened, FATHER UNKNOWN is the true story of a man’s struggle to face the emptiness he carries inside. Disconnected from the people closest to him and haunted by the secrecy in his family, he records his desperate search for connection on a journey with the father he’s never truly known. Watch the trailer here. For more information about this documentary and it’s director, writers/producers click here.
July 18, 2016 7pm
How to Keep Open Adoptions Open
Traci Pirri, MSW, LCSW, is an adoptive mother of two, psychotherapist, and adoption coach. She will share her personal story about how she and her husband became more and more open to open adoption through our own adoption experience. She will share several things they have learned along the way that have helped them have warm, connected relationships with their children’s birth families. Join us as we learn concrete ways to help make open adoptions work more smoothly, increase empathy to other parts of the triad, and recognize the importance of working together and the benefits this effort brings. Traci is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. After 18 years in Raleigh, NC, she recently moved back home to Texas. Adoption has been a huge part of her life even before adopting our two children, ages 8 and 6. She started out her career in the child welfare system, working with families suffering from mental health and/or sexual abuse issues. She moved into psychotherapy treating victims of sexual abuse, as well as adolescent sex offenders. She continued with this while also contracting with community agencies to provide in-home therapy, as well as leading several clinical supervision groups focused on treating trauma. Eventually, she moved into private practice, continuing to focus on trauma and adoption issues, clinical supervision, and training both locally and nationally. She is excited to be in Austin now and really focusing her coaching services on helping people maneuver better open adoption experiences. Traci can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 2016 - Jeffrey Togman documentary “We’re Not Blood”
March 2016 - Navigating the Uncharted Seas of Foster to Adopt
February 2016 – Beyond Love – Supportive Strategies for Building Healthy Bonds of Attachment After Adoptee Trauma
Dr. Carney Soderberg, Neurobehavioral Institute of Austin
January 2016 – What You Need to Know About Adoption Evaluations (Formerly Home Studies) by Laura L. Johnson, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAA and attorney, Jennifer Cochran
November 2015 – Annual Conference “Finding the We Between You and Me”
October 2015 – Adoptee Sibling Legislation
September 2015 – The “Honeymoon Period” in Open Adoption Relationships by Erin Smith
August 2015 – The Lifelong Impact of Reunions
July 2015 - ‘An Adoptee Roared’ and ‘Four Birthmothers’ Jean Strauss Documentaries
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
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