While the holidays can be an anticipation-filled joyous time for many families, they can be emotionally charged and stressful for adoptive families. For the child who was adopted, the holidays can trigger feelings of sadness, loss, grief, guilt, and confusion. In addition, your child may be coping with meeting extended family for the first time or adjusting to unfamiliar family traditions.
In this training, adoptive parent, Karen Schlindwein, and her daughter, Amalie Bowling, will be sharing insights into preparing for the holidays to make them a time of true celebration. They will be exploring coping with holiday emotions, managing expectations, and creating new holiday traditions.
About the Trainers
Karen Schlindwein and Amalie Bowling are the authors of Dear Lois: Our Adoption Journey, a unique perspective of an adoption story told through letters written to birth mothers, by the adoptive parents, as their children we growing up.
Karen is the adoptive mother of two and has co-facilitated Hope, a ministry for couples experiencing adoption and/or infertility. She has been blessed to counsel many through their adoption journeys. Karen is currently Executive Director of Education for Chosen, Inc. an adoption/fostering ministry that will soon be a non-profit organization.
Amalie shares her mother’s deep passion for adoption and those who are adopted. She and husband, Jason, dream of opening a group foster home (a future part of Chosen Inc.) to show children that family comes in all shapes and sizes, but love is the most important thing that we share in this life. Amalie co-leads a youth group with Jason, and is Administrator of Children’s Ministries at their church.
Information about their book and Chosen can be found at their website at dearlois.org
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
$20 per person $80 per agency group
The Coalition for Children, Youth and Families
6682 W. Greenfield Avenue, Suite 310, Milwaukee WI 53214
Or attend via webinar