Sign up for the Winter-Spring 2017 sessions of ATN at www.alltogetheradoption.org. The dates: January 22, February 5, March 5, April 23 and May 7. The venue is Union Temple in Brooklyn. FCCer WuQing Hipsch is the Children’s Group Facilitator.
ALL TOGETHER NOW (ATN)
Playgroups for 5-9 Year-Olds
Tween Peer-Support Group
Teen Mentor Program
Parent Discussion Group
Five Sunday Sessions: 3:00-4:30 PM
Jan 22, Feb 5, Mch 5, Apr 23, May 7, 2017
Union Temple Preschool, 4th Floor
17 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Adoption Playgroups for Children, 5-9 years old
Fun, multiracial playgroups, facilitated by adult and teen adoptees for adopted kids from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Themes around identity, family and friends are explored. The groups provide a “safe space” for kids to build relationships within the adoptive community. Elizabeth Studwell and WuQing Hipsh, co-facilitators of the children’s group, bring over a decade of experience to this endeavor.
A peer-support group for 10-12 year-olds that offers tweens the opportunity to connect and chat about “what is really cool – and may not be so cool – about being adopted” in a fun and nurturing environment. Tweens facilitator Joanna McClintick, who was adopted domestically, is an LMSW working with LGBTQ youth on HIV prevention. She received her MSW from Hunter School of Social Work.
“For years, the stories of adoptive children were not heard.
That’s finally changing.” Rebecca Carroll, Columnist, The Guardian, after participating in ATN this November.
The Teen Mentor Program creates opportunities for 13-18 year-olds to engage in peer supportive playgroups for children, ages 5-9, while acting as role models. Our adult adoptee team, in turn, provides supervision and support to the teens to foster growth and exploration. Carfare and community service credit are available. You can listen to our teen mentors speak about adoption at: http://www.theadoptedlife.com/episodes Nam Holtz, teen mentor facilitator, is currently producing a documentary film called “Found in Korea” about adoption, identity, and the search for her birth family.
For Parents ATN provides a space for adoptive parents to gather, connect, share resources and discuss adoption-related issues. All sessions are led by an adult adoptee facilitator. All sessions are led by parent group facilitator Julie Young, who is the founder of DreamMaker, DreamDoer, DreamSupporter, Inc (3D) and The Phenomenal Girls Club, producer and Chair of the Board for KoreanAmericanStory.org. The $250 per child fee for the children's and tweens' groups includes the parent discussion group.
Who We Are
At ATN – now in its eighth year - we believe that adoption comes with unique developmental processes for adoptive families and that they differ from biological families for that reason. We particularly value the perspective of adult adoptees, seek their input, and support their concerns as an integral part of our program. We strive to create a community in which adopted children, teens and adults can determine their own experience and form supportive friendships among themselves. ATN groups offer support to children and parents. ATN is not a therapy provider.
For more information and to register, please visit the ATN website: http://www.alltogetheradoption.org.
PROGRAMS & FEES:
Please note that participation in the parent discussion group is required for parents of children ages 5 to 9 years.
Children’s Playgroup: $250 per child
Fee includes parent discussion group
Tween Group: $250 per child ages 10–12 yrs
Fee includes parent discussion group
Teen Mentorships: No fee (Volunteer position) - Teen mentors receive a travel stipend and Community Service credit
Parents of tweens and children in the playgroup: No additional fee
Parents of teen mentors or parents with no children in attendance: $150
All Together Now
(718) 624 – 2894