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Children’s of Alabama Adoption Experts to Host Virtual Seminar Sept. 12
Date
07/06/2020
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BIRMINGHAM (July 6, 2020) – Adoptive parents, social workers, teachers, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals are invited to participate in a virtual seminar on Saturday, Sept. 12, led by experts from The Adoption Clinic at Children’s of Alabama.

The live, interactive seminar will be held via Zoom from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The cost is $200 per family, up to four adult attendees. Registration for healthcare professionals is priced differently. For more information or to register, call 205-638-6964 or email adoption@peds.uab.edu

This seminar is for anyone considering adoption, already in the adoption process or works with children who have been adopted. Attendees will receive a comprehensive prospective on the unique challenges and rewards of building a family through adoption. Specific topics include medical challenges, emotional and behavioral challenges, and development (ages and stages) of the adopted child.

“Certainly the effects of COVID and quarantines have been felt globally.  Our adoptive families have been impacted on multiple levels. For those who are waiting to travel to other countries in order to meet their new additions, travel has been suspended until each country opens up again to receive international visitors. The waiting is a painful process for these expectant parents,” said Karen Belcher, clinical program coordinator and pediatric nurse clinician. “Fortunately, The Adoption Clinic has remained open and available to come along side of these families during this crisis and provide the services needed to help them.”

The Adoption Clinic at Children’s of Alabama has been helping adoptive families since 2002. Staff have served the needs of children from more than 55 countries beyond the United States such as China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Ethiopia, Uganda and many more.