It’s hard to believe we have already turned the calendar over to 2022! Thank you to all the families that attended events in 2021 and participated in our programs in any way. WISAPSP is looking forward to continuing to work with you and your families in the coming year. One thing to keep your eye on this year is the upcoming Eau Claire Spring Conference. The save the date for the event is below and more information will be available later this month. Make sure to look carefully at all the opportunities coming up in January because you won’t want to miss a thing. Happy New Year!

Lydia Deering
608-519-8049
Connect with other adult adoptees from around Wisconsin. This will be a space for discussing your adoption experiences with others who "get it", as well as for just getting to know one another and talking about life. This group is facilitated by an area adult adoptee.

Virtual Group: Adult Adoptees

Date And Time:
Wed, January 12, 2022
7:00 pm

Location:
Online

An online support group for birth parents who have placed a child for adoption. This group will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month.
Virtual Group: Birth Parent Support

Date And Time:
Tues, January 11, 2022
6:30 pm

Location:
Online

Join other foster parents for a live, video check-in to socially connect and discuss topics related to foster care. The group size will be limited, so please pre-register via Eventbrite. This group will happen once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10 am. Join as often as you would like.

Virtual Group: Foster Parent Connections

Date And Time:
Thurs, January 13, 2022
10:00 am

Location:
Online

Join WISAPSP and Tax Consultant, Karin Back, from Haukeness Tax & Accounting, Inc. for an in-person workshop on the tax benefits of adoption. Karin will discuss the differences between the IRS and state benefits, as well as the various qualifications between a domestic or an international adoption, along with what is considered a public adoption. This workshop will also highlight which taxpayers qualify for any benefits and what adoption expenses can be used. This in-person workshop will also allow for personalized questions with Karin.

In-Person Workshop Adoption Tax Tips:
Eau Claire

Date And Time:
Thurs, January 13, 2022
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:
Catholic Charities
318 Fulton Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703

Dana Parisi of Lives Touched Parent Coaching is a Certified Parent Coach and Educational Trainer, with a special focus on trauma informed approaches. She's a mom of four, two biological and two adopted children, and she has experienced a lot of kid meltdowns! During this hour session Dana will give you tips and tools to use DURING the next meltdown, and tools to use in the calm times to DECREASE the meltdowns. Please join us and add more tools to your parenting tool box.

Live Webinar: Meltdown Management with Parent Coach Dana from Lives Touched

Date And Time:
Sun, January 16, 2022
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location:
Online

Adoptive, Kinship & Guardianship parents and caregivers: Please join us for a trauma-informed virtual support group just for you! This groups is especially for caregivers who are:

  • Parenting youth with trauma histories
  • Parenting youth with emotional or behavioral challenges and/or diagnoses such as RAD, DMDD, & ODD

The group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from noon (12:00 pm) - 1:00 pm. There will be monthly focus areas for discussion and/or guest speakers to support ongoing learning, but always with plenty of time for connection and support. Please register early as group size is limited.
Virtual Group: Trauma Informed Parenting

Date And Time:
Mon, January 17, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location:
Online

Please join us as we continue to discuss all topics, the good, the bad and the ugly that pertain to those that are waiting to adopt. Newcomers are MORE than welcome, individuals and couples alike. We hope to see you on this zoom meeting. Please note this group meets monthly on either the third Tuesday or third Thursday of the month to accommodate for various schedules.

Virtual Group: Waiting to Adopt

Date And Time:
Tues, January 18, 2022
6:30 pm

Location:
Online

Grab the family and join the WI Adoption & Permanency Support Program for an afternoon of tubing at Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area. Families can tube only from 1 pm to 3 pm. This event is open for adults and children taller than 42 inches. Children MUST be able to ride alone on a snow tube. This event is outdoors, so dress for snow! Space is limited, so register early.

Tubing at Trollhaugen: Adoptive/Guardianship Family Fun: Dresser

Date And Time:
Sat, January 29, 2022
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location:
Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area
2232 100th Avenue
Dresser, WI 54009

COMING UP SOON!
Join other adoptees and WISAPSP staff for an evening of good food and conversation on February 2nd. We will plan to meet at Big Al’s. Please reserve your seat at the table before January 28th. Your meal is on us!

Adult Adoptee Dinner Group: La Crosse

Date And Time:
Wed, February 2, 2022
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Location:
Big Al's Pizza
115 3rd Street South
La Crosse, WI 54601

This group is open to ALL birth parents who have had a child placed for adoption, no matter what type of adoption or agency involved. Come ask your questions and meet others who share a similar story. It does not matter how long ago you placed. Feel free to bring a support person if you would like. Please register on Eventbrite.

Birth Parent Get Together: Eau Claire

Date And Time:
Tues, February 8, 2022
6:30 pm

Location:
Catholic Charities
318 Fulton Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703

Join WISAPSP for “Did You Know? Now You Know!” with the Western Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. This workshop explains resources and services for children with special needs of any kind (physical, intellectual, developmental, emotional, social and behavioral) from birth through young adulthood.


Online Workshop: Did you know? Now you know! with CYSHCN

Date And Time:
Thurs, February 17, 2022
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location:
Online