Searching for Birth Relatives

In honor of National Adoption Month, CSSMV presents “Searching for Birth Relatives: A look at how adoptees and birth relatives found one another.”

This FREE educational session is great for social workers and therapists, but anyone who is interested in learning about this subject is welcome to attend.

A panel of individuals who were adopted and their birth relatives will share their experiences in searching for one another. The panel will include adult adoptees and relatives from a variety of family backgrounds. Our facilitator will be Aubrie Patch, CSSMV’s post-adoption support services social worker.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from the adoptee and birth relatives about their research, and increase your knowledge of how Catholic Social Services’ adoption support services can help your family.

The workshop is designed to increase your awareness and knowledge about:

  • The decision to search
  • Steps in the search process
  • Hiring a professional searcher
  • International searching
  • Social media and searching
  • Reunion issues

To RSVP or for more information, call (937) 296-1007 ext.2102.

Baby’s First Community Birthday Party

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In conjunction with the annual Coats for Kids distribution event presented by WDTN and Dayton’s CW, we’re offering some fall fun for parents with children under the age of one—including expectant parents—and their friends, family & community.

Baby’s First Community Birthday Party will take place under a heated tent in McIntosh Park, next door to Catholic Social Services.

FREE attractions under the heated tent will include:

  • Coats for your little ones
  • Carnival games and prizes for babies, toddlers & preschoolers
  • Goodie bags for new parents
  • Breakfast 8-10 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and hot beverages
  • Community resources for young parents
  • Music and door prizes

Free snacks and hot beverages will also be available from 1-4 p.m. next door at the House of Bread, 9 Orth Avenue.

This event is hosted by Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, and sponsored by the *Every One Reach One* Infant Mortality Task Force.

Prenatal Drug & Alcohol Exposure and Child Development

This event is presented by Catholic Social Services’ Adoption Support Services team and is intended for adoptive parents, foster parents, kinship caregivers, professionals and staff.

To register, please call (937) 296-1007 ext. 2120. There is no cost to attend.

Come learn how prenatal drug and alcohol exposure in-utero can affect a child’s brain and overall development. We’ll be discussing how this is relevant for staff and families working with children in foster care and children who’ve been adopted or are in kinship placements. You’ll receive information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

Our speaker: Gokce Ergun, Ph.D. is an associate professor and a licensed clinical psychologist at the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a doctoral degree in School Psychology. Her clinical interests include pediatric neuropsychological assessment, psycho-educational assessment, school psychology, assessment and treatment of developmental disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), and prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. Dr. Ergun is an active member of the Ohio FASD Steering Committee and conducts trainings/workshops and presentations in Ohio regarding prevention, diagnosis, treatment and advocacy of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists.

One (1) social work CEU is pending approval.

Refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth at (937) 296-1007 ext. 2120.

Public School Enrollment 101

This “Lunch & Learn” session is designed for those preparing to enroll a child in public schools. Learn what terms including ODE, DPS, IEP, 504, Disability, ELL, GT, and McKinney Vento mean and how they can help give your child the tools to succeed in school. Then participate in an open question and answer session with an education attorney about any and all issues related to education and the legal rights of parents and students.

There is NO COST to attend, and we invite you to bring a lunch to enjoy during the session.

RSVP to murphym@cssmv.org.

Presented by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, providing free legal services for those who qualify. If interested in legal services, apply online at www.ablelaw.org or by phone at 1-888-534-1432.

Workshop: Cultural Aspects of Refugee Mental Health

This half-day workshop is brought to you through the efforts of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s Refugee Resettlement Program.

Three (3) Social Work CEUs are available for those who attend the entire workshop. Admission is FREE; register at https://cssmv.ejoinme.org/refugee.

Our presenters, Theresa Mata and Mead Wilkins, work in Migration and Refugee Services for Catholic Charities of Cleveland. They have extensive experience working with refugee populations with severe medical and mental health needs.

This workshop will introduce practitioners of social services, health, mental health, and educators to existing evidence-based practices for trauma informed care. We will explore the cultural aspects of refugee mental health that have been garnered in the first three years of work at the Ohio Center for Survivors of Torture. We will define the levels of trauma experienced by refugees within a cultural context as well as explore mental health interventions. And we will look at an increased understanding of the prevalence and nature of trauma, as well as evidence-based means to address these issues that are important for improving the lives of refugee individuals and their families.

Who should attend this workshop?

  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Care coordinators
  • Educators/teachers
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Professionals working with those with a history of trauma
  • Other mental health and healthcare professionals

If you have questions about this workshop, please contact Michael at (937) 223-7217 ext.2160.

There is limited seating available for this event. If you register and then realize that you will not be able to attend, please notify Lindsay at (937) 223-7217 ext.1106.

Nurturing Parenting 6-Week Class Series (Mar. 7-Apr. 11)

All moms, dads and caregivers are invited to attend this 6-week series*, which utilizes the Nurturing Parenting curriculum. The series is designed for those with children up to age 12.

Classes are every THURSDAY, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Each session in the series focuses on a different aspect of being a parent:
• Introduction to Nurturing Parenting
• Understanding Feelings
• Developmental Stages of Children
• Communicating with Respect
• Building Self-Worth / Praising Your Child
• Alternatives to Spanking

The classes are FREE to attend, but you must call in advance to reserve your seat. Childcare is NOT provided.

To register or for more information, call (937) 299-LINK (5465).

The six classes are meant to be taken in order. If you miss the beginning of the series, don’t worry. . .we’ll repeat the entire series again soon.

A look at adoption through the eyes of adult adoptees

In honor of National Adoption Month, CSSMV’s Adoption Support Services present “From the Adoptee’s Perspective: A look at adoption through the eyes of the adoptee.”

Adoption affects each member of the adoption triad differently. At this event, a panel of adult adoptees from a variety of family backgrounds will share their expertise based on their experiences.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from the often unheard viewpoint of the adoptee, and increase your knowledge of how Catholic Social Services’ adoption support services can help your family.

Our facilitator will be Elizabeth Edington, MSSW, LSW, therapist, and adoption support services social worker at Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley (CSSMV).

Objectives include increasing your awareness and knowledge in three areas:

  1. The adoption experience through the adoptee’s perspective
  2. CSSMV’s adoption support services for families who have adopted children, who are in the process of adoption, or who are interested in adoption
  3. Attachment therapy: SAFE counseling

This FREE educational session is great for social workers and therapists, but ANYONE who is interested in learning about this subject is welcome to attend.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are strongly encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, call (937) 296-1007 ext. 2120 or email edingtone@cssmv.org.

Kinship Navigator Program Info Session

This information session is hosted by CSSMV’s Adoption Support Services. It is intended for kinship caregivers, and there is no cost to attend.

The kinship navigator program, in partnership with Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services, aims to empower and stabilize kinship families so children in kinship care can thrive.

Through positive interactions and programming, the kinship navigator program assists caregiving families to find and develop stable and consistent relationships with relative or non-relative children they are caring for within their homes. Kinship relationships are important because they provide children with the support they need to stay healthy, maintain relationships, and grow in a supportive environment.

Presented by Kimberly Pruitt and Sandy Bryant, kinship navigators at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Limited complimentary child care spots are available. RSVP by Friday, October 12 to save your child’s spot.

Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Elizabeth at (937) 296-1007 ext. 2120 or at edingtone@cssmv.org.

Post Adoption Special Services Subsidy (PASSS) Funding Info Session

We invite adoptive parents, foster parents, and professionals who work with adoptive families to come and learn about PASSS funding — what it is, who is eligible, how to access it. Montgomery County Children Services’ own PASSS funding specialist will be joining us to talk about adoption subsidies in Ohio.

Post Adoption Special Services Subsidy helps Ohio families meet the special needs of their adoptive children after finalization. It is available to all adoptive families of special needs children, except step-parent adoptions. The special needs must have existed prior to adoption finalization or be attributed to factors in the child’s pre-adoptive background. Each child may be eligible for additional monetary support each year based on their therapeutic needs.

Limited complimentary child care spots are available. RSVP by Friday, September 21, to save your child’s spot. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Elizabeth at (937) 296-1007 ext. 2120 or at edingtone@cssmv.org.

Quarterly Couponing Club

This class teaches participants about new and better ways to save money by more effectively using store and manufacturers’ coupons. For more information or to register, call Megan Goettemoeller at (937) 223-7217 ext.1135