Frontier Health's Post Adoption Services will be hosting a "Strenghtening Adoptive Families" seminar from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21 at Mountain Empire Community College's Goodloe Center.
The program is for anyone who has adopted, is planning to adopt or interested in adopting, and for those who provide adoption services and support.
Kimberly Spriggs will be the Keynote Speaker, who is an adoptive parent and is a former therapeutic foster care case manager and received her master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in Moston, Mass.
Attorney Damie Carter will discuss understanding of the adoption process through the legal system and from a personal perspective. A graduate of the Appalachian School of Law, Carter is an assistant commonwealth's attorney in Lee County and is in private practice.
Farah Williams will present 'Increasing Attachmentment with Foster and Adoptive Children,' focusing on assisting parents with identifying signs and symptoms of attachment problems, and provide an opportunity to increase attachment within the family. Dr. Williams specializes in child and adolescent psychotherapy and psychological assessments.
Talitha Hollifield will present 'Parenting from the Road Less Traveled,' exploring the uniqueness of the adoptive family and issues distinctive to adoptive families and adoptive children. Hollifield will highlight specialized situations and challaneges that can face adoptive families.
The program is cosponsored by Planning District One Behavioral Health Services. Funding is provided through a Virginia Department of Social Services grant supporting services for foster and adoptive parents in Wise, Lee and Scott Counties and the City of Norton.
Free admission is available for adoptive parents, potential adoptive and foster parents, and public professions in the three county area. For more information call Jon Holmes or Rachel Townsend at 276-431-4370.