Post Adoption Resource Center  
of Southern Wisconsin
a Program of Catholic Charities 

A Walk in the PARC
2017 Summer Newsletter  
Post Adoption Resource Center
Family Picnic
Saturday, June 24, 2017
11:30am -1:30pm
Lake Farm Park, Libby Road Madison

Don't miss PARC's annual summer picnic. Entertainment and food will be provided. 
Open to all adoptive and foster families. 
Cost is $5/family. Registration required.  
Deadline to register is June 21.
Adoptive & Foster
Moms' Night Out
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Cool Beans Café, 1748 Eagan Road, Madison

Join PARC for an evening connecting with other moms. Open to all pre-adoptive,adoptive, and foster moms. We will meet in the private room in the back of the café.   

"This is My Story" Teen Adoptee & Parent Conference
Saturday, July 29, 2017
9am- 1:30pm
New Berlin WI
UMOJA Family Weekend
November 3-5, 2017
Green Lake Convention Center
W2511 State Highway 23, Green Lake
W.I.S.E. Up! the World About Adoption Conference
Saturday, September 16, 2107
Milwaukee area

More details to follow...
Camp To Belong
August 13-18, 2017
Camp Anokijig ™
W5639 Anokijig Ln           

Campers who attend Camp To Belong-Wisconsin, Inc. are brothers and sisters who are separated in the foster care system, by adoption, or other
out-of-home placement.
Creating and Using Lifebooks  for Children
Saturday, June 10, 9am-11am, West Madison
This class discusses the importance of creating a life book for your child and provides ideas about how to start. We'll cover issues such as handling sensitive information, generating a child-centered narrative, and incorporating the life book into your family traditions.   $25/person for single session

Lori DuRussel Red Thread Learning, LLC, 608-345-8217,
Join other adoptive and foster families for an evening of
conversation for adults, playtime for kids, and food for all!

Pizza will be provided - donations to cover the cost are greatly appreciated!  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Foster or adoptive families of all backgrounds and stages of the process

are welcome to attend.  Our group meets at a religious school but has

no religious affiliation or content.  We are located in the school gym/cafeteria.  

This is on the north end of the building - park on the north end of the back

parking lot and use the gym entrance to the building.

Please RSVP no later than June 15. 

  To view a list of more area Adoption-Related Support Groups, click HERE

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Here are a few new resources added to the PARC Adoption Library.  Please
visit the Adoption Library  to see the complete list and email us at if you would like to borrow anything. 
Click on the images below for more information.
The Post Adoption Resource Center (PARC) of Southern Wisconsin is
a program of Catholic Charities Madison in partnership with
the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.     
 Click HERE to find a PARC near you.
  Or call us toll-free at (800) 236-4673.