The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) International Adoption Clinic at Children’s of Alabama is hosting an adoption bootcamp seminar for families interested in both international and domestic adoption at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church in Pelham on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The seminar, which will run from 8:30 a.m. till 5 p.m., will help educate future adoptive families about the medical, developmental, attachment and identity issues that are commonly seen with children who have been adopted.
The cost of the seminar is $150 per family, with up to four attendees included in a registration. To register for the event, call (205) 638-6964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Adoptive parents, adult family members, and professionals, such as social workers and therapists, are encouraged to attend. Continuing education credits are also available at the seminar. Parking is free and snacks will be provided.
“We’re so proud that our adoption clinic offers these seminars multiple times each year,” said Heather Schuck, family therapist for the clinic. “We really think these seminars are a great source of education and encouragement for those seriously interested in adoption.”
In addition to the medical and developmental issues, practical matters such as traveling, assimilating your new family, talking with relatives and friends about adoption and choosing a pediatrician will also be discussed. A parent panel discussion will also be provided to gain insight from those who have already walked this road.
The International Adoption Clinic serves the initial and ongoing medical, developmental and emotional needs of adoptive parents and their children from around the world. They are a non-profit clinic located at Children’s South in Birmingham, Alabama. They are staffed with a group of professionals armed with a love for children who have been orphaned and a desire to see them accepted into loving and well-equipped families. To learn more, go to www.childrensal.org/ international-adoption-clinic.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S OF ALABAMA
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 45 other states and six foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.