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Family Fun Event and Annual 5k – Mother’s Day weekend!

We would love it if you join us for our 8th annual Touched by Adoption 5k on Saturday, May 11, 2019!  This family-fun event is filled with awesome activities the whole family will enjoy! The kids fun run is free for kids age 14 and under. Try the Virtual 5k option if you aren’t able to make it there in person. You get to run your own [...]

Family Fun Event and Annual 5k – Mother’s Day weekend! 2019-04-15T14:14:14-04:00

Freeland Food Truck Face-Off

Adoption Associates will be hosting an event at this year's Walleye Festival in Freeland, Michigan!  The Food Truck Face-Off will be on April 26 and April 27 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Main Street. Come join us for delicious food and friendly, good-natured competition. The nine food trucks involved have agreed to donate 10% of their proceeds to the work of Adoption Associates! [...]

Freeland Food Truck Face-Off 2019-04-08T15:22:53-04:00

How Do I Find the Right Professional to Help Us?

Adoptive and foster parents often need the help of professionals in order to meet their child’s needs. But how do parents know which professionals to turn to? In the fifth video of this series originally posted on EmpoweredToConnect.org, watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe offer practical insight about how parents should view the role of professionals, and which criterion to use in selecting [...]

How Do I Find the Right Professional to Help Us? 2019-03-29T18:07:04-04:00

Spring Staycation This Year?

If you're planning to stay here in the Grand Rapids area over Spring Break, Adoptive Family Support Network (AFSN) has you covered with discounted rates! Check out these local events. Tickets go live March 21st at 10 a.m. FAMILY OPEN SWIM  April 1st, 3rd, & 4th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wealthy Street Pool, 1961 Lake Dr., East Grand Rapids, MI 49506 Mention AFSN at [...]

Spring Staycation This Year? 2019-04-08T15:23:58-04:00

How Do I Handle Lying?

Knowing how best to handle lying is often a significant challenge for adoptive and foster parents. In the fourth video of this series originally posted on EmpoweredToConnect.org, watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe offer insights to help parents effectively respond to lying while remaining connected with their child.

How Do I Handle Lying? 2019-03-08T12:16:54-04:00

Why Won’t My Child Act His Age?

In response to meltdowns, emotional outbursts, extreme neediness, and many other behavioral challenges, adoptive and foster parents are often left asking: “Why won’t my child act his or her age?” In the third video of this series originally posted on EmpoweredToConnect.org, watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe address this important question, offering insight about the needs of adoptive and foster children and how [...]

Why Won’t My Child Act His Age? 2019-02-25T17:10:27-04:00

2019 Family Fun Event – Mother’s Day weekend!

We would love it if you join us for our 8th annual Touched by Adoption 5k on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 8:30 am - 11:30 am!  This family-fun event is filled with awesome activities the whole family will enjoy! The kids fun run is free for kids age 14 and under and begins at 9:00 am. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 9:30 am. Try [...]

2019 Family Fun Event – Mother’s Day weekend! 2019-02-19T11:01:42-04:00

Family Meetings: A Beginner’s Guide

Family meetings are an important tool for families to incorporate into their weekly routine. Used effectively, family meetings provide a platform for safe communication, while ensuring every member has a vocal role in family decisions. In this Adoption Learning Partners Webcast, Tina Feigal will discuss how family meetings can benefit adoptive families by fostering healthy communication about important family issues, helping children develop a sense [...]

Family Meetings: A Beginner’s Guide 2019-02-06T10:13:08-04:00

Waiting Families News – Helping Your Child, Helping Your Birth Mother

Waiting Families News Helping Your Child, Helping Your Birth Mother The waiting time is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about adoption and some of the issues that may need your attention as your child grows. We hope you use this as a learning tool to enhance your adoption journey preparation. Don't forget, after you have read and reviewed this material, log onto www.myadoptionportal.com to [...]

Waiting Families News – Helping Your Child, Helping Your Birth Mother 2019-02-04T10:25:07-04:00

Will Trust-Based Parenting Work for My Child?

Parents often ask whether trust-based parenting — the type of parenting that Dr. Karyn Purvis teaches — will work for their child. In the second video of this series originally posted on EmpoweredToConnect.org, watch as Dr. Purvis answers this question, and explains why each of our children — regardless of their age or stage of development — need the same things from their parents. [...]

Will Trust-Based Parenting Work for My Child? 2019-01-25T13:26:07-04:00