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October
2015


CAP is gearing up for November, National Adoption Month! We have so many exciting events during the first two weeks of November that will encourage foster care and adoption. Our featured Heart Gallery Luncheon speaker is Dr. Michael Bradley (Adolescent Psychologist, Author and Adoptive Parent). We will also honor Family Court Judge Patricia Gallaher at the luncheon AND we will be hosting a series of evening workshops for those who parent or work with teens with special needs.
 
We look forward to seeing many of you next month during CAP's National Adoption Month events. For more information, visit the National Adoption Month event page.

Please contact us at any point to further assist you with your adoption journey. Please call to find out how you can help us lift the wait for children languishing in foster care: 585-232-5110.
In This Issue
Luncheon with Dr. Michael Bradley
Heart Gallery Reception
CAP to Host "Stepping Up For Children" Workshop Series
Food Truck Rodeo was a Success!
Raymour & Flanigan Generously Supports CAP
Upcoming Events.
Heart Gallery Luncheon with Dr. Michael Bradley on 11/6/15
When: 12:00pm - 1:30pm Friday, 11/6/2015 (Doors open at 11:45)
Where: Rochester Museum & Science Center's Eisenhart Auditorium, 657 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Cost: $50 per person or two for $90 (Contact us about our professional and student discount)
REGISTER: Call 585-232-5110 click here to register by October 29th
 
In celebration of November as National Adoption Month, CAP will host our annual luncheon. Our luncheon will honor waiting children and the families that adopt them, professionals that work every day to make a difference for them and CAP's community supporters. This event will  help CAP continue to find adoptive homes for foster youth with special needs.
 
Lunch will be provided by Mario's Italian Steakhouse.
 
Dr. Michael J. Bradley is this year's guest speaker. Dr. Bradly is a practicing adolescent psychologist, an award-winning author, and an adoptive parent of a child from the foster care system.
Dr. Bradley gi ves parents real-world advice, strategies, and methods they can put to use to achieve immediate results. He takes you inside your teenager's head and shows you why teens think and behave the way they do. He shows you how to restore lines of communication, transform relations with your teen, and make your family whole again. As the father of a teenaged son and daughter, Dr. Bradley has the in-the-trenches experience that can only come from parenthood. Professionally, he's worked with students, parents, and teachers for 30 years. Dr. Michael Bradley is an award-winning author of teen parenting books that offer the training and skills to transform 21st century teens into strong, confident, productive adults, including: "Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy!", "Yes, Your Parents are Crazy", "When Things Get Crazy with Your Teen" and "The Heart & Soul of the Next Generation".

This year's "Stepping up for Children Community Leadership Award" will honor Monroe County Family Court Judge Patricia Gallaher.
Judge Gallaher has helped many CAP families adopt through the foster care system. Our families have had an excellent experience with her personalized, timely and professional approach. Judge Gallaher was featured in CAP's Community Outreach Specialist, Veronica Black's adoption video , finalizing the adoption of Veronica's two youngest sons.


Heart Gallery Reception at Rochester Museum & Science Center on 11/6/15
When: 6pm-9pm, Friday, 11/6
Where: Rochester Museum & Science Center's Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Cost: Free and open to the public

Allow your heart to be moved by powerful photos of foster children who wait to be adopted in this year's Heart Gallery display. We invite you to learn more about foster child adoption and hear Psychologist, Author and Adoptive Parent, Dr. Michael Bradley offer tried-and-true strategies to meet the needs of our teens. Free to the public, this is a family-friendly event to increase awareness of the need for adoptive homes for older children.
 
We hope you will join us for this special event to help find homes for children who have waited the longest for safe and loving, adoptive families.
 
Register by phone 585-232-5110 or email david@capbook.org by 10/23/14

CAP to Host "Stepping Up For Children" Workshop Series 11/3 - 11/12
Do you parent or work with teens with behavioral issues, mental health diagnoses, or teens who have been in foster care or experienced trauma? If so, we encourage you to learn effective strategies to meet their needs through CAP's "Stepping Up for Children" workshops taking place in the first two weeks of November.
 
Here is a listing of some of our workshops: "Understanding and Managing Behaviors of Children in Foster Care", "The Effects of Trauma on Child Development", "Real Solutions for real kids: Parenting Kids with Mental Health Diagnosis", "Meeting the Mental Health and Developmental Needs of Hard to Place Foster Youth", and more including help with financial planning and a panel of adoptive parents.
 
Food Truck Rodeo was a Success!
THANK YOU to our volunteers who helped with our display at the food truck rodeo! CAP raised over $600 through raffles and support from generous food trucks like: Java's, Bento Box, Cheesed and Confused, Le Petit Poutine and Marty's Meats! Thank you to Eileen Verdino, The World Tae Kwon Do Center, Market View Liquor and Marlene Caroselli for contributing to our raffle items. It was a fun event with great food and music at Rochester's Public Market on September 30th.
  
We look forward to next year's event!
Raymour & Flanigan Generously Supports CAP
Raymour & Flannigan donated over $2,000 to CAP On September 12th through their community fundraiser to benefit waiting youth! Special Thanks to Akin Ross for choosing CAP as one of your featured charities! We had a great time meeting the friendly Raymour & Flannigan staff and creating awareness about the need for families.  
Upcoming Events
Adoption Information Meeting
Our next free general adoption information meeting is scheduled for October 29th at 6pm. Fairport United Methodist Church:  31 W Church St, Fairport, NY 14450  Learn all you need to know about foster care adoption, the process and how to get started RSVP 585-232-5110 veronica@capbook.org

Heart Gallery & Luncheon: November 6th
Rochester Museum and Science Center. View the beautiful photos of CAP's waiting youth and adoptive families and hear guest speaker Dr. Michael Bradley, Adolescent Psychologist and adoptive parent. More information here

National Adoption Month Workshops
Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 2nd through 13th from 6-8pm. Workshops for families and professionals will offer effective ways to meet the needs of teens in foster care. More information here.
 
Council of Adoptive Parents Support Group
The last Tuesday of every mont h  
New families & their children are always welcome!
6:00 PM:  CAP office
274 N. Goodman St., 
Rochester , NY 14607 (Village Gate)  
RSVP 585.232.5110 or email  Veronica  
If you have any questions, would like help with the adoption process, would like to share your adoption story or find out how to get involved with CAP, please reach out to us!

 

Sincerely,

 


274 N. Goodman Street
Suite D103
Rochester, NY 14607

Phone 585-232-5110 or 888-835-8802
Fax 585-232-2634
News@capbook.org
www.ChildrenAwaitingParents.org
Message from the Executive Director
Charles Reaves
I read a moving quote just recently, from a seasoned foster family who parented 5 birth children and a total of 45 foster youth. They said, "When kids come to our home we make them a part of our family from day one".
 
Unfortunately, the perspectives of the 45 foster youth were not reported. Foster families are an important part of the child welfare system, but it is a system that protects parents more than it does the emotional welfare of children.
 
Foster families can provide everything for a child except for the most important thing: the security of being a permanent part of a family. A foster child is in danger of being abruptly removed from a loving family when unexpected situations such as unemployment, addiction, serious illness or death occur. The lesson these children learn is that love can be conditional. Adopted children automatically become legal heirs of their parents' estates; foster children do not have this protection.
 
Being part of a family is what shapes all of us into who we will become. Research shows that when children languish in the foster care system, which includes foster families, until they reach their state's age requirement to become independent, they often leave with distorted views of basic social expectations. If these young adults do not enter the military or go to college, they often wind up on the streets.
 
They need someone to make them part of their family from day one, but also to guide and love them as their own for the rest of their lives. That is the definition of an adoptive family.
 
As we head into November, which is National Adoption Month, the holiday season will be upon us. Be mindful that there are still far too many children that have not found their forever family.
Please help us keep our mission vibrant. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of the children who wait for permanent families.
 
Charles Reaves
Executive Director
Waiting Youth Feature:
Raeonna
Birth Date: December, 2002
State: Colorado

Raeonna has a knack for creating beautiful artwork! A very likable child, she enjoys arts and crafts, animals, and spending time in the great outdoors. Raeonna adores singing and dancing, and favors the colors pink and purple.
 
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