Schedule of Training Sessions and Events


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March 2018

Adoptive Family Support Group:  Tuesdays beginning March 27, 2018 through May 8, 2018.  Held at the Hartford Family Institute, 17 S. Highland Street, West Hartford, CT.  Every Tuesday 5:30pm-6:30pm.  This 7 week group will provide support and education to parents of adopted children.  Facilitated by Mary Fournier, LCSW who has been in the adoption field for over 20 years, working with families who have adopted both internationally and domestically.  Mary has experience with search and reunion as well as homeland travel.  Mary is also the adoptive mother of two children from Guatemala.  Cost is $35 per individual and $50 per couple.  Contact Mary at 860-543-2918 or email to register or for additional information.

April 2018

Touched by Adoption Presents: Healing the Dark Side of Adoption:  An Afternoon with Thomas Ahern an Rob Ghent . April 8, 2018; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Avenue, Westport

May 2018

CAFAF Presents:  23rd Annual Conference:  “If We Only Knew; The Life of a Foster”.  May 4-5, 2018.  Mystic Marriott Hotel, Groton, CT.  For more information, contact CAFAF at 1-800-861-8838.

The “Not So” Empty Nest:  10th Annual Conference for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.  May 8, 20018; 9am-2pm.  Plainville Senior Center. 200 East Street, Plainville, CT.  Call or email for more information -860-747-5728 or

The Adoption Community Network, Adoption Assistance Program and Annie C. Courtney Foundation Present:  Gaming Disorder:  A Virtual Addiction.  Presenter: Dr. Paul Weigle, MD, Natchaug Hospital.  Session 1 – 2pm for Clinicians (pending 3 CEU’s).  Session 2 – 6pm for Parents. United Church of Christ, 283 Main St. N, Southbury, CT.  To register for afternoon session, email Karen Annis; for evening session email Deb Kelleher  Light refreshments provided.  No Charge.

June 2018

CT Council on Adoption Presents:  The Intersection of Adoption and Teenhood- What You Need to Know and Why.  Presenter: Katie Naftzger.  June 8, 2018; 10:30am-12pm. Luncheon to follow.  Dakota Steak House, Silas Deane Hwy, Rocky Hill.