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I believe we’ve officially navigated into the cooler weather months as of this week. Even though I enjoy the warm summer weather, I’m looking forward to the coziness the fall and winter bring with it. I know that for many individuals and families, the next several months bring a flurry of winter activities and holiday fun. I hope you’re able to find time to enjoy the season. This month, I want to make sure you see a few important items!

First in honor of National Adoption Month, WISAPSP is hosting a panel of adult adoptees to highlight the voices of adoption. Please join us if you can! Secondly, the WISAPSP Facebook page added new regional groups to highlight the events and resources local to you in your region. If you utilize our Facebook page to keep up with events, you won’t want to miss out on this. The regional pages will house updates and announcements for events near you. To join the regional group for the area near Eau Claire and Northern Wisconsin, click here. You’ll be asked a few membership questions and then be added to the page. This is a great way to not only learn from your specialist (that’s me!) but to also share resources you have come across or find helpful pertinent to the families in your local area. Lastly, if you’re local to the Eau Claire area, don’t miss out on an opportunity to come bowling with us later this month. Check out the details below!

See you soon!
Lydia Deering
608-519-8049
An online support group for birth parents who have placed a child for adoption. This group will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month and will be facilitated by Karla Meyer out of our Eau Claire office.
Virtual Group: Birth Parent Support

Date And Time:
Tues, November 9, 2021
6:30 pm

Location:
Online

Connect with other adult adoptees from around Wisconsin. This will be a space for discussing your adoption experiences with others who "get it", as well as for just getting to know one another and talking about life. This group is facilitated by an area adult adoptee.

Virtual Group: Adult Adoptees

Date And Time:
Wed, November 10, 2021
7:00 pm

Location:
Online

Join other foster parents for a live, video check-in to socially connect and discuss topics related to foster care. This support group with be facilitated by Susan McParker, Adoption & Permanency Support Specialist from our La Crosse office. The group size will be limited, so please pre-register via Eventbrite. This group will happen once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10 am. Join as often as you would like.

Virtual Group: Foster Parent Connections

Date And Time:
Thurs, November 11, 2021
10:00 am

Location:
Online

Adoptive, Kinship & Guardianship parents and caregivers: Please join us for a trauma-informed virtual support group just for you! This groups is especially for caregivers who are:
  • Parenting youth with trauma histories
  • Parenting youth with emotional or behavioral challenges and/or diagnoses such as RAD, DMDD, & ODD.
The group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from noon (12:00 pm) - 1:00 pm. There will be monthly focus areas for discussion and/or guest speakers to support ongoing learning, but always with plenty of time for connection and support. Please register early as group size is limited.
Virtual Group: Trauma Informed Parenting

Date And Time:
Mon, November 15, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location:
Online

Come bowling with WISAPSP in recognition of National Adoption Month! Each family registration will reserve a lane for you and your family -each lane has a minimum of 4 bowlers and a maximum of 7 bowlers. Each family will receive 3 games of bowling with shoe rentals! Food and beverages will be available for purchase on your own.

Bowling with WISAPSP/BowlWinkles- Adoptive and Guardianship Fun: Eau Claire

Date And Time:
Sun, November 21, 2021
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Location:
Bowl Winkle's
1616 North Clairemont Avenue, #1
Eau Claire, WI 54703

COMING UP SOON!
Meet-up with guardianship and adoptive parents for conversation, support, and a cup of coffee. Your coffee order is on us! Anything else you want to purchase will be at your own cost. Please register by December 1st by 4:00 pm as spots are limited. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coffee Chat - Meet Up for Adoptive and Guardianship Parents: Rice Lake

Date And Time:
Thurs, December 2, 2021
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location:
Cabin Coffee Company
2462 South Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868

This in-person educational supportive event will focus on the topic of sensory issues and feature a short video segment followed by time for discussion and support. Sensory items from the Eau Claire lending library will be available to view and rent, along with an opportunity to review books and DVDs. This support group is designed for adults only.


Educational Supportive Event - Handling Sensory Issues: Eau Claire

Date And Time:
Thurs, December 9, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:
Catholic Charities
318 Fulton Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703

This group is open to ALL birth parents who have had a child placed for adoption, no matter what type of adoption or agency involved. Come ask your questions and meet others who share a similar story. It does not matter how long ago you placed. Feel free to bring a support person if you would like. Please register on Eventbrite. Note that in the summer months, the group meets outside....gathering at Cabin Coffee in Altoona.


Birth Parent Get Together: Eau Claire

Date And Time:
Tues, December 14, 2021
6:00 pm

Location:
Catholic Charities
318 Fulton Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703