Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Race to Bring Awareness to Child Abuse

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2 Nonprofits Coming Together to Bring Awareness to Child Abuse!


Sunday, April 21, 2013
Busse Woods - Schaumburg Illinois

Pre Race Day Packet Pick up available
Details will be avail online
7-8 am Race Day Packet Pick Up
(Same day registration is available)
8:30 am 10K Start
8:45 am 5K Run/1-Mile Walk Start
Awards Ceremony & Balloon Release will follow

Busse Woods Trail (Paved course), Grove 5, Elk Grove Village, IL.
Water stations and bathrooms are available throughout the course.
Course map & addition information available at


Children 12 and under only. All participating children will receive a prize.
To commemorate the lives affected from abuse, we will conduct a balloon release
before Award Ceremony. Children participating in 50 yard dash will receive one balloon.

*All Registrants will receive a Dri-Fit Shirt and runner’s bag with Freebies!!

$35 10K Pre-Race Day $40 10K Race Day
$30 5K Pre-Race Day $35 5K Race Day
$35 1-Mile Walk for Family of 4
$25 1-Mile Walk Individual
$20 Students

Top 10/5K Run finishers in designated age groups will receive a medal.
Age groups: 11 and under, 12-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older.
Overall 10K & 5K winners will receive awards and/or prizes for
1st place male and female, 2nd and 3rd place male and female winners will receive awards.
A prize to the overall runner for both 10K/5K Run male or female who ran for a
Child(ren) will be awarded a one night stay at a TBD hotel/water park. Great for family time!

Race results will be available at

For race registration and event questions please contact:
Maebelle Obispo-Emery, 5K Coordinator
Tel: 847.651.9878

2 Nonprofits Coming Together to Bring Awareness to Child Abuse!

The mission of It’s Our Little Secret (501c3) is to promote a healthy recovery for the
abused children & youth, and to stop the destructive future behavioral patterns of the
abused towards their own and other children.

Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a multi-chapter national
501c3 nonprofit organization that uses education and action to shatter the silence of
sexual violence through targeted social, educational and legislative tactics.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Summer Camp for Adoptive Families


The Celebration of Nations: Adoptive Family Weekend started out with one goal in mind—to create a fun and exciting experience for adoptive families from all backgrounds to come together and socialize. This goal has been realized and the 3 day event has become possible with the collaborative planning and efforts of various adoption related organizations, including the YMCA Camp Minikani and Bridge Communications, Inc.
Heading the organization of the camp is Erik Kennedy, Carmen Knight, and Elijah Fyksen (see bios). Each, with their own unique background and story, wanted to create an experience for adoptive families, by adoptive families, to ultimately help build and strengthen the adoptive family network and community.

Celebration of Nations: Adoptive Family Weekend
Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2 2013
Come spend the weekend with your family and other adoptive families for a fun, informative weekend at YMCA Camp Minikani, located 20 minutes north of Milwaukee on the shores of Amy Belle Lake.
Hear from guest speakers, participate in adoption panel and discussion groups. Your family can also compete in the Family Olympics, try your hand at archery, boating, jumping on the trampoline and climbing the climbing wall. Get cozy around a campfire and spend some time bonding with other families just like yours!
So whether you’ve adopted from:
China, Korea, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, India, Vietnam, Russia, Romania, the Ukraine, the Philippines, the United States, Guatemala, Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, or ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD you're invited!

*Some activities are age appropriate and weather permitting*
To register go to the YMCA Camp Minikani website:

*Family of Four-


($40 dollars per additional person over the age of 3)

*Individual Rate-$85 per person

(adults and children 4 and older)

*Children 3 and under- $5

If you have any questions please email


Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunny Ridge Announces New Haiti Adoption Program

Haiti adoption

Sunny Ridge is pleased to announce a new Haiti Adoption Program, having been selected as one of the US adoption agencies accredited to operate as an adoption facilitator in Haiti. This accreditation comes as the Haitian government now completes the necessary changes to convert their system to Hague Convention standards for intercountry adoption.
Haiti’s central authority for international adoption, l’Institut du Bien-Etre Sociale et de Recherches (IBESR), will now play a major role in the matching of children with adoptive applicants. The accreditation process began last summer when Haiti ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.
In the days ahead, Sunny Ridge will be learning more about the new Haitian adoption laws and procedures so that they may present information and details about the program to families interested. They are delighted to have the opportunity to place more children into forever families through our Haiti Adoption Program.
Those interested in adopting from Haiti are encouraged to contact Amy Trotter, Executive Director for Programs, at (630) 754-4514

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Book on Adoptive Parenting


ZIMMERMAN, MN, 2013 — Adoptive Parent Intentional Parent: A Formula for Building & Maintaining Your Child’s Safety Net by Stacy Manning is an invaluable resource for all adoptive families. The author’s breakthrough concept of intentionally creating a safety net to help adopted children heal combines the value of knowing yourself, the power of knowledge, specific tools and techniques that work in everyday life, and the keys to maintaining the net over time. This book is unique in that it arms parents with hands-on, everyday tools to use, along with the knowledge needed to help build a safety net. “Every child who has been adopted has suffered a breech in attachment; no adopted child is exempt,” states author, Stacy Manning. Manning offers tools, knowledge, support, and hope to all adoptive families.
Author Stacy Manning is a mom of six teenagers, three biological and three adopted, and is a post-adoption family coach and educator. She has worked with hundreds of families with adopted children, including those struggling with difficult behaviors due to trauma, RAD, FAS, and grief. Stacy specializes in empowering parents to be the healing force their child needs with education, support, and tools to use in everyday life. Stacy works one-on-one with families across the United States, coaching them via phone, Skype, or in person, teaches
workshops/webinars, and offers training to families in the process of adoption. Stacy believes that adoptive parents are their child’s best chance at healing and her goal is to teach them how to be intentional parents who are armed with the specific knowledge and tools they need to best help their child.

For more information about Adoptive Parent Intentional Parent: A Formula for Building & Maintaining Your Child’s Safety Net, please visit or contact Hope Connections at (763) 633-1477

Monday, March 18, 2013

Webinar: Adopting Children with Down Syndrome

International Adoption Webinar: Down syndrome

Dozens of Children with Down Syndrome are Waiting for Families

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, Bethany Christian Services is offering an International Webinar about children with Down syndrome.

Please join us to learn about these precious children and hear adoptive families share their personal, incredible journeys. We will also feature profiles of a few of the many children living with Down syndrome who are waiting right now for a loving family.

Register now for the Tuesday, March 26 webinar. It will broadcast live starting at 7 p.m. (CST). If this is not a convenient time for you, please register to hear the recorded version after it has been posted (link will be emailed after March 26).

Live webinar viewing is limited, so don't delay. Register now!

Bethany Christian Services

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Monthly Pot-Luck Gathering at Willow Creek

The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry
Invites you to a
Monthly Pot-Luck Gathering
For those interested or involved in
Adoption, Foster Care and Safe Families
Sunday, March 17, 2013
5:00– 7:00 p.m.
Willow Creek Community Church
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL
Room F150 (Park in lot F and follow signs downstairs to room 150)
This month we are excited to have guest speaker Norm Suire, Foster Home Licensing Representative with D.C.F.S. This will be part two of a series of discussions on Bridging the Gap with Biological/Placing Parents. This is essential information to think about if you are interested in building a relationship with the parents of the children whom you are providing care, whether through adoption, foster care or Safe Families.
We hope you will come and join in the conversation as the Vulnerable Children’s Ministry seeks to support you in the important work that you are doing.
DCFS credit hours will be awarded for all licensed foster parents who attend this meeting.
Dinner begins promptly at 5:00. Fried chicken and beverages will be provided by our wonderful Hospitality Team. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
R.S.V.P.’s are helpful for planning purposes.
Green attire is encouraged for St. Patrick’s Day!
Childcare is available if you R.S.V.P. with the number of children and their ages

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CASA of McHenry's Light of Hope Breakfast

Every day, abused and neglected children in our community are taken from their homes and placed into temporary foster care because their parents cannot - or will not - take care of them. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of McHenry County works to help these children find safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. CASA volunteers make a life-long difference for children, one child at a time.

On Tuesday, April 16th CASA will host the 7th annual Light of Hope Breakfast. The program this year includes special guest speaker/author John Borgstedt. John spent his childhood terrorized by his mother and those mandated by the state to care for him. His story of survival and hope is not to be missed.

Reservations are required to attend. Please contact CASA to reserve your seat today.

If you are interested in organizing a table for the event or would like to become a sponsor call 815-363-5920 or email email

Monday, March 11, 2013

Safe Families Training offered in McHenry County

Safe Families Accelerated Comprehensive Training Session

Being Offered in McHenry County, Spring 2013

For Details Contact:
Shelly Forté

Willow Creek Community Church/Crystal Lake campus: 220 Exchange Drive, Suite A, Crystal Lake, Illinois (by the Pingree Metra Station)

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8:30am-1:00pm

Prospective Safe Families in McHenry County are invited to a live, accelerated Comprehensive Training Session this April…

Offered as an alternative to online training, this event is designed to equip you to welcome a child into your home and move you through the Safe Families training process efficiently. The live Comprehensive Training Session includes everything you need to become a certified Safe Family—all in one place. 

  • Start or submit your application
  • Schedule a Home Study
  • Complete fingerprinting & begin background checks
  • Complete your training hours
  • Learn more about Safe Families and connect with local community resources
  • Meet like-minded families who will support you
Doors open at 8:30 AM for those who need to start an application, schedule a home study, start a background check, or ask one-on-one questions.  Training session begins at 9:00 AM sharp.

Childcare is offered to those who RSVP by Saturday, March 30th.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will also be a variety of special giveaways throughout the training session you won't want to miss!

The training session will be presented by Tom Maluga the Director of Safe Families for Children (since the ministry's inception in 2002).  Tom holds two Masters degrees, has served in two urban pastorates, and is devoted to helping families find God’s healing and redeeming grace.

Reserve your spot today! We look forward to seeing you on April 6th to equip and encourage you in your journey.

If you have further questions please contact Shelly Forte 

Background Information on Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children comes alongside families in temporary crisis to provide a safe place for their children to live while the family gets back on their feet.

There are many such families and children in need in our area. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss how we may work together, to assist these families and meet the need.

For More Information About Safe Families for Children Please Contact:

Jim Whitfield – National Director of Operations
SafeFamilies / youshare
4300 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL     60641
Work – 847.653.2280
Email -

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Empowered to Connect Conference Coming to Chicago Area!

 The Chapel - Barrington Campus
April 19-20, 2013


The Empowered To Connect Conference, sponsored by Show Hope, is a two-day conference for adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals designed to help them better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.

 Watch a conference trailer here.

The National Association of Social Workers approved Show Hope to offer Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for attending the Empowered to Connect Conferences as follows:

Orlando - 10.5
Chicago - 10

These CECs are for social work professionals. Professionals from other fields may elect to receive this certificate for independent submission to the appropriate boards and associations for credit. To receive credit for attendance, professionals must sign-in and out each day.

Learn more about training credits for adoptive or foster families visit our FAQ page.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Webinar: Building Bonds of Attachment

Building Bonds of Attachment: Practical, Expert Advice
Register Now!

Secure parent-child attachments are essential for children. Often, adoption can pose challenges to the attachment process. Circumstances prior to adoption, either in utero, in an orphanage or in foster care, can create serious barriers to attachment.
Join us for a webinar with Deborah Gray, an adoption therapist specializing in attachment, grief and trauma issues in children. Deborah will provide practical steps that move parents toward secure attachments with their child.
  • Recognize behaviors that are common in adopted children who have experienced trauma
  • Learn bonding activities that result in healthy relationships in the short term and throughout childhood
  • Maintain relationships with children already in the home
Submit your questions for Deborah Gray HERE or by tweeting them to @adoptiontweet using #ALPAttach13