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November is a month families gather to give thanks! At WISAPSP we are thankful we can offer so many wonderful events in November and beyond! Family events coming up include a family fun bowling night. Our parents can enjoy a relaxing meditation class or a book club on the book, “What Happened to You.” We are also offering a WISAPSP “Informational” virtual webinar for families that will be presented in Spanish. We continue to offer on-going support groups and webinars. Be sure to check them out below!  
Also, be sure to follow our Southeast Regional Facebook page for real time updates on what is going on with WISAPSP in our part of the state! You can find the link here:
Adoption and Guardianship parents, join WISAPSP Support Specialist Pattie Godsell, for a book discussion and coffee! The book we'll be discussing is, "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. This newly published book has been very well received. Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry explore how what happened to us in early childhood shapes us for life.

We will meet every week outside, weather permitting at the Colectivo Coffee Shop to casually discuss two chapters each week. We will provide a cup of your favorite beverage so you may relax and enjoy stimulating conversation with other parents. We will meet on Tuesday morning, November 2nd from 10-11 am. 

Coffee/Book Talk-What Happened to You? By B. Perry M.D. /O. Winfrey: MKE

Date And Time:
Tues, November 2, 2021
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Colectivo Coffee - Wauwatosa
(68th St)
6745 West Wells Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Acompañenos a una hora de conversacion donde hablaremos Sobre la Vision de Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support para identificar las necesidades de las familias adoptivas Hispanas y los parientes que cuidan. Este evento sera presentado via Zoom. Preguntas?
Necesitas telefono con Zoom o ordenador con camara y microfono.

WISAPSP apoyando a las familias – revision de recursos para las familias

Date And Time:
Tues, November 9, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Any adoptive, guardianship, or relative caregivers of childrencome out to a family night of bowling, arcade games, pizza, and more!

Please join us for a bowling night at the AMF Lanes in Milwaukee, WI (right off of Oklahoma Ave). There will be 2 hours of bowling from 4 pm-6 pm, and we will also have shoe rentals available, complimentary pizza, soft drinks, a $5 arcade card, and prizes on us!

Family Bowling Night at AMF Lanes: Milwaukee

Date And Time:
Fri, November 12, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 pm

AMF West Lanes
7505 West Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53219

Join us for a meditation session run by Amy Bowser, a Registered Nurse of over 20 years, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and Yoga Instructor at Blue Lotus Health and Wellness in Wind Lake, Wisconsin. Amy will take you through guided meditation to focus on finding inner peace within your mind and your spirit. This meditation will focus on using all of your senses to dive deep into relaxation with mindful movement of breath and postures. This class is perfect for first timers, as well as anyone who enjoys meditation regularly. All WI adoptive, guardianship, and kinship parents are welcome! Regardless of if you are coming as an individual or couple, please register on Eventbrite separately.
We love to see our parents take time and do something for themselves so this one is on us! We have reserved the entire class just for our WISAPSP parents. If you have any questions, please email Christy at

Meditation and Relaxation Hour for Parents: Wind Lake

Date And Time:
Sun, November 14, 2021
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Blue Lotus Health & Wellness
7923 South Loomis Road
Wind Lake, WI 53185

Adoptive, Kinship & Guardianship parents and caregivers: Please join us for a trauma-informed virtual support group just for you! This group 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

Mon, November 15 , 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Join other siblings of blended families also part of an adoption or foster placement for a live, video group session to socially connect and discuss topics related to challenges that arise in these family dynamics. This support group will be facilitated by Chelsey Zommers and Christy Timm, Adoption & Permanency Support Specialists from our Wausau and Milwaukee offices. The group size will be limited, so please pre-register via Eventbrite. This group will take place approximately once every six weeks on a Tuesday evening at 7 pm. Join as often as you would like.  

Virtual Sibling Support

Date And Time:
Tues, November 16, 2021
7:00 pm


In this webinar, Tyler Secor, MS, LPC-IT will explore the experience of video gaming, how to identify which games are appropriate, how much is appropriate, video game violence and addiction, and potential therapeutic benefits of video gaming for children of various backgrounds and experienced trauma. He offers additional resources for families including scientific researchers, books, organizations, videos, and resources for parents to identify appropriate games and details of content within.

Tyler Secor is a professional counselor with several years' experience working with children and families in a variety of contexts, particularly families divided by crisis. He is a counselor and Crossroads Program Coordinator for Youth and Family Project, and a PhD student at Mount Mary University for Counselor Education and Supervision. Tyler is passionate about mental health and video gaming, and recognizes the therapeutic potential of gaming. Tyler believes judicious video gaming can be part of a healthy lifestyle, and is eager to help bridge gaps in understanding between children and their guardians. 

Live Webinar: Video Games Reimagined; How to Enter Their Virtual World

Date And Time:
Thurs, December 9, 2021
6:007:00 pm


Our daytime meetings will continue to be virtual, now held every other month on the last Thursday of the month from 11 am-12 pm. Our next meeting will be held in December. Remember we have a second evening opportunity which meets virtually on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 pm-7 pm. Please feel free to sign up for one or more of the monthly groups.

Virtual Group: KINnect Relative Caregivers of Children - Morning

Date And Time:
Thurs, December 16, 2021
11:00 am


Adoptive and guardianship families please join us for a fun night of hockey with the Milwaukee Admirals! The Admiral's play at the UW Panther Arena in downtown Milwaukee and have exciting games that are perfect for a family night out. Your child(ren)'s birth/first family is welcome and invited too. Please do feel free to bring them along as part of your family. There are a limited number of tickets available, so please register soon! If you have questions please contact Christy at

Admirals Hockey Night for Adoptive and Guardianship Families: Milwaukee

Date And Time:
Wed, January 12, 2022
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
400 West Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Come join other adoptive/guardianship parents for free coffee and conversation at the Coffee House in Burlington, WI. This event is for individual parents or couples. We will buy your coffee and have some interesting conversation starters, but the rest of the time is designed for you to meet other adoptive/guardianship parents and be able to talk freely.If you have any questions, please email Christy at

Coffee and Conversation - Parent's Meet Up at The Coffee House: Burlington

Date And Time:
Thurs, February 10, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine
492 North Pine Street
Burlington, WI 53105

This workshop takes a look at the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plan and how they might apply to your child. It also outlines the steps you should take if you think your child might qualify. Navigating the the special education system can be stressful and intimidating, and it is our goal to provide some tips to help the IEP process feel less overwhelming.
This is an interactive, live educational workshop run by Christy Timm, a Wisconsin Adoption and Permanency Support Specialist, with material from Creating A Family. Discussion and participation encouraged. A certificate of attendance will be given to all participants shortly after the workshop.

Virtual Group: Understanding the IEP Process

Date And Time:
Tues, March 1, 2022
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm