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In this Issue:
- Upcoming Events
- What Your Child's Teacher Needs to Know
- September Seminar Info
- News

- Picnic Save the Date
- New Website

- Letter from the President
- Playgroup Photos
Connecting with Houston's Adoptive Families
Adoptive Families of Houston is kicking off another great year with lots of exciting playdates, programs and celebrations.  Here are some highlights of what we have planned for the 2014-2015 School Year.
  • September 21, 2014 - Astro's Game
  • September 26, 2014 - Social Skills 101: Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Relationships with Their Peers with Patina Sehorn
  • October 19, 2014 - Celebration of Adoption Carnival and Picnic
  • November 14, 2014 - Birth Father Panel
  • January 9, 2015 - Adoption & ADHD with Jay Tarnow, M.D. of the Tarnow Center
  • March 6, 2014 - The Science of High-Risk Behavior, Early Detection and Prevention with Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S, Director of Behavioral Health Institute, Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston
  • May 1, 2015 - How to Handle Differences in Temperaments between Children and Parents with Lynn Kamara, LCSW
There are also many fun playgroup outings and parties planned, including: Fire Truck Park, Gingerbread house decorating, Artmix, Valentine's Day, Bluebonnet pictures/play, Froberg's Farm visit and Mother's Day party. And don't forget about our book club.
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What Your Child's Teacher Needs To Know
Source: Adoptive Families Magazine; By Lois Melina
By the time your child enters school, you have had enough experiences to know that not everyone understands adoption. When our children are young, they spend most of their time in public with us. If inappropriate comments are made, we either set protective boundaries or educate the person making the comments. But when children enter school, we can no longer be the buffer between them and those who are less than accepting of adoption. 

Naturally, we look to teachers to take our place. As we have adapted baby books and family rituals to reflect the way our family was formed, we expect teachers to adapt lesson plans and classroom activities to validate our children in the classroom. As we are alert to signs that adoption is weighing heavily on our child, we look to teachers to recognize those signs. As we have confronted strangers in the grocery store who have implied that adoption is a less acceptable way of forming a family, we expect teachers to protect our child from negative attitudes.

At the same time, we want to maintain our child's privacy. We hope our pleas for attention to our child's needs are not interpreted to mean "My child is fragile because she was adopted." Teachers do not bring formal training in adoption to their classrooms. They bring only the understanding that they have acquired through life experience and whatever informal resources to which they have had access. Some will be more prepared than others to take on the responsibility we ask of them. Read more of this article.
Seminar: Social Skills 101 For Your Child
Join AFH to Hear Patina Sehorn Speak about
Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Relationships with Peers
Friday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m.
St. Martin's Episcopal Church


As our kids return to school, it’s important to be concerned with their social and emotional growth as well as their academic growth. While some children are very shy, others may be impulsive or aggressive. Learn how to prepare your unique child for many different social situations.

Learn practical techniques to teach respect and compassion for others and what to do when there are bumps along the road, including:
- taking turns and waiting your turn                          - saying please and thank you
- reducing whining                                                    - teaching compassion for others
- age appropriate service projects                            - teaching/practicing social skills
- sharing with others

Our speaker, Patina Sehorn is co-author of “Answer Keys: Teachers’ Lesson Plans for Successful Parenting” and a wife, mother of three, classroom teacher and founder of Parent Action Plan. People have often approached Patina about putting her wisdom into words, and more than a few of her friends have wanted to send their children to “Camp Patina” -- learn more about her.

There is no charge for AFH members. Cost is 5 dollar for non-members and 10 dollar for CEU attendees.  

Continuing Education Units approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners will be available to interested attendees.
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News
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SAVE THE DATE: This year's Celebration of Adoption will be held on Sunday, October 19.  Invitations will be sent to members shortly.  If you'd like to sponsor the event or would like more information, please contact us at info@adoptivefamiliesofhouston.org.
 
Join AFH and the Astros...
On Sunday, September 21, Adoptive Families of Houston is heading to Astros Family Day at Minute Maid Park. The game against the Mariners starts at 1:00 p.m.  If 50 people buy tickets to the game, AFH will be welcomed on the jumbotron during the game.  Help us reach that goal.  Click here to get seats in our ticket block and use promo code astros.  Hope to see you there.
 
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October's Book Club -  

This fall, AFH will read a book recommended by beloved parenting coach and one of our past seminar speakers Deborah Fry. The book is entitled The Whole Brain Child was written by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Learn more about the book here.

We look forward to a lively discussion about the book on October 9.  An invitation to members will follow. Yet another great reason to become a member today!
New AFH Website
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Adoptive Families of Houston recently launched a new website to make it easier for members to stay connected. The site has a great resource section with informative post-adoption materials.  Anytime day or night, you'll have access to useful articles, book suggestions, movie reviews, links and much more.  Please click here take a look.
Letter from our President
AFH members,

I hope all of you had a very relaxing and fun summer and that you are now all back and ready for a new school year.

Many of us with AFH have been very busy planning a fun-filled and informative year for you. We have some outstanding educational programs planned, which I know you will want to attend, as well as several fun playdates for the kids. I hope you will all make a point to come out for Family Day with the Astros on September 21. And please mark your calendars now for our annual Celebration of Adoption picnic to be held on October 19.

Thanks to Nancy Powell and her committee, we have a beautiful new website which you will want to check out (www.adoptivefamiliesofhouston.org), and be sure to look at our Facebook page for even more articles and information on adoption.

I am also very happy to announce that we will have some workshops for adoptive parents to write their adoption story for their child this fall. Watch your emails for further details on all of these events.

Keep in mind, that all of our activities and events are planned so you as members can get to know other adoptive parents who have built their family by adoption and so your child can get to know other children who were adopted, just like them.

We are all on a special journey with our families and by joining hands and walking the path together, we will all benefit.

Warmly,
Kathie
Suggestions/Questions
We would love to hear from our readers.  What would you like to see in the newsletter or incorporated into our organization? Are there topics you'd like covered; adoption-related questions you need answered, baby announcements you'd like to make?  Do you have suggestions for the group? Click to let us know what you're thinking.
 
Playgroup Look Back
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One of the best ways to normalize adoption for our children is by fostering friendships with other children who have been adopted. From parties to celebrate Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and pizza to trips to the rodeo and splash pad, parents and kids alike have had a lot of fun building friendships at AFH playdates this year. 
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