From: Family Services of Westchester/ Adoption & Children's Services []

Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:12 PM

To: Donna Weissman

Subject: Adoption & Children's Services Newsletter




Remember to tell your families and friends if they are interested  in adoption that our FREE Orientations are held every first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in our Port Chester Office. 


Upcoming Orientations:

November 6, 2013

December 4, 2013


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Mia Diamond Padwa Director 



Liz Phillips 

Adoption Specialist



Kaylee del Rosario 

Program Assistant



October 2013 







Fall is here! With cooler temperatures come a plethora of new adoption research efforts, adoption-related books and movies, and conferences and groups for all members of the adoption triad.

-  Mia Diamond Padwa  







The Adoption Institute needs your help on an unprecedented study, and it will only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Here's the scoop: The Internet and social media are forever changing adoption - and our lives - yet we know little about their impact on the millions of people who are affected. So the Institute is launching a new study seeking relevant information from adopted persons, adoptive parents, birth/first parents and adoption professionals. Please complete a private survey if you fit into any of those descriptions - and, whether you do or not, spread the word to colleagues and friends, through email blasts and news stories, on Facebook and Twitter, in newsletters and blogs, and any other way you can think of. We are charting new territory in an effort to shape thoughtful, humane and ethical laws, policies and practices - and your input will help us do it. It's quick, it's easy and it's important; just click here







This past June, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling clarifying the reach of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Every domestic adoption in the United States must comply with ICWA, which mandates determining if a prospective birthparent is a registered member of a federally recognized Indian tribe. The full Supreme Court ruling can be found here 




  WHAT'S ON....... 


The Fosters-This television show premiered in June of 2013 on ABC Family and is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. It is one of very few programs ever focusing on the experiences of children adopted from foster care. The parents, Stef and Lena, have five children at home: Brandon, born to Stef and her ex-husband, twins Mariana and Jesus, adopted from foster care, and  Callie and Jude, the sibling pair who join the household as foster children in the opening episode. Although many have noted that there are unrealistic elements in the plotlines, the reality is that there are tens of thousands of children across the United States who are in foster care or who were adopted from foster care. In addition, many adoptive families have the experience of raising siblings who came to the family along different pathways, have different racial or ethnic backgrounds, or who have different knowledge or relationships with birthparents. "The Fosters" recognizes that  these families exist.  Now, children growing up in households like these can see a family who may not look anything like theirs, but, as all adoptive families know, you can be closely related to someone without looking anything like them. 














November will bring many adoption conferences and meetings, but registration is open now! In New Jersey, the "Let's Talk Adoption" Conference will take place on Saturday, November 9, from 8am-4pm on the Rutgers University Busch Campus. This year's keynote address is entitled, "To Have and To Hold; Learning the Dance of Attachment." Speaker Holly Van Gulden, author of "Real Parents, Real Children" will discuss the building blocks of attachment-permanence and constancy. To register online, go Here




It will be here before you know it-the annual Adoptive Parents' Committee Conference. This all-day event, held annually on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, brings together hundreds of people from the adoption community at one location to learn and discuss all things adoption related.  Workshop topics for 2013 include Adopting Transracially, Adopting over 50, Birthparent Perspective, Adoption and the Internet, and many more.  New this year-A&CS Director Mia Diamond Padwa will appear on a Workshop panel discussing Agency vs. Independent Adoption. Don't miss it! This year's conference will take place on November 24, at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY. For further information, Click Here








A Family Profile is a photo album that showcases a prospective adoptive family. These books can be viewed by prospective birthparents, other birth relatives who may be involved in planning for a child, caseworkers for children in foster care, or adoption professionals.  Many families feel that they have to look like the perfect parents in their Family Profile, but that is not the case. The Family Profile should present what type of family and home the adoptive child will be joining. If you live in the city, you can include a picture of your family enjoying Central Park. If you love dogs, it's great to include Fido and Fluffy in your album. Your Family Profile is a great way to communicate what your unique family has to offer a child. CLICK HERE to see some of FSW's Waiting Families. 




              MEET OUR NEW STAFF! 


Kaylee del Rosario is our Program Assistant. She came to FSW after interning in the Rockland County Department of Social Services, where she worked with many foster and adoptive families. She is excited to assist FSW families pursuing all types of adoptions. Kaylee joined the Adoption team in September 2013. 









Please consider donating to Adoption & Children's Services of Family Services of Westchester. Your generosity fuels the important work we do on behalf of children and families.  Thank you in advance for your support.   










Melissa became a mom to sweet baby Joseph through domestic open adoption.  Life now revolves around teething, binkies, and drooly kisses-all through the joy of welcoming a son by adoption.  





If you would like to be a featured family in one of our upcoming newsletters, let us know by Clicking Here



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Family Services of  Westchester, founded in 1954, offers a broad range of social and mental health services to strengthen and support families, children and individuals at every stage of the life cycle, from infancy to adulthood.


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