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Summer Trained Therapist Network (TTN) Event in MONTGOMERY

July 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Text: Children's Aid Society of Alabama's APAC Program Presents Connections Matter: Supporting Birth Family Relationships. An in person event in Montgomery AL on July 30, 2024. Or Join in peron in Birmingham, AL on August 1, 2024 or choose the Live-stream Virtual option on August 1st. Image: Little boy with his fingers pointing upward, superimposed over the image of multi-colored strands of yarn indicating the importance of maintaining the connections that make us who we are even in different circumstances like adoption and foster care.

Summer Trained Therapist Network (TTN) Events
Children’s Aid Society of Alabama’s TTN events are statewide seminars for professionals that are presented by national experts in childhood trauma, attachment, grief and loss, permanency, and other adoption, kinship and foster care related topics. Three options are available 1) In-person in Montgomery, July 30th 2) In-person in Birmingham, August 1st or 3) join online for a VIRTUAL live-stream event, also on August 1st. Professionals in attendance will earn 5.5 CEU credits. This summer, our TTN events are presented by Tony Hines.

Connections Matter: Supporting Birth Family Relationships will focus on best practices surrounding birth family connections for adoptive and foster families. Participants will learn about best strategies in honoring birth family relationships during open, semi-open, and closed relationships, and how to process missing and difficult pieces of information about children’s histories with them in ways that are affirming yet truthful.

In this interactive training, participants will also uncover common misconceptions about birth families and how those misconceptions negatively impact the relationships birth families and adoptive/foster families have with one another. Additionally, participants will learn best practices in honoring cultural histories/identities of their family members.

Further, those in attendance will also learn how grief and loss impact different members of birth adoptive, kinship, and foster families, and how to honor the losses we feel in a family integrative model.

Tony Hynes is currently the Training Specialist at the Center for Adoption Support and Education, and his training is deeply informed by his lived experience as both an interracial adoptee and as a child growing up in an LGBTQ-headed household. He is the author of several important works: his memoir, The Son With Two Moms, a text that has been cited in the family court system to highlight best practices; Why We Shouldn’t Call Adoptees Lucky, and, I Am the Black Adoptee of White Parents: What George Floyd Taught Me About Race and the Adoption Industry.