Happy New Year! It is so surreal that we are into 2022. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with friends and families! I wanted to draw your attention to a few events that I have planned. The first is the live webinar on Tuesday, February 8th. It will discuss how couples can thrive when parenting children with trauma backgrounds. I feel like this is a very important conversation to have, and I hope to see many of you there! I am also doing a state park day at Rib Mountain on Saturday, March 26th. You will get a vehicle pass for only $10 to use at any state park in Wisconsin through December 31, 2022. Please contact me at chelsey@wisapsp.org if you have any questions about the events below, or are in just need of support! 
Join other siblings of adoption or guardianship families for a live, video group session to socially connect and discuss topics related to challenges that arise in these family dynamics. This support group will be facilitated by Chelsey Zommers and Christy Timm, Adoption & Permanency Support Specialists from our Wausau and Milwaukee offices. The group size will be limited, so please pre-register via Eventbrite. This group will take place approximately once every six weeks on a Tuesday evening at 7 pm. Join as often as you would like.

Please note, only one youth per family is allowed.
Virtual Group: Sibling Support Group

Date And Time:
Tues, January 11, 2022
7:00 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.

Virtual Group: Waiting to Adopt

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

Location:
Online

Join WISAPSP as we hear from Sara Kind, MS, LPC, LMFT from Kind Therapy in Madison, WI. Sara is a private practice therapist at Kind Therapy in Madison, WI. She works with children and families who have experienced traumatic stress and childhood behavioral health concerns. She also specializes in supporting couples with the transition to parenthood and beyond. Please RSVP by Friday, February 4th, as spots are limited for this event. Certificates of attendance will be given to each registrant after the webinar.
Live Webinar: Parenting Children with Trauma-How Couples Can Thrive

Date And Time:
Tues, February 8, 2022
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Location:
Online

Join WISAPSP for a morning of coffee and connection. The purpose of this event is to connect with other adoptive/guardianship parents in the area. We will plan to meet at 9:30 so we have time to order and meet as a group. Come as you are, and your coffee order is on us! They do have other food items there, but those will need to be purchased from your own funds. Feel free to bring a resource to share with other parents as well. This might be a step out of your comfort zone if you don't know any other people attending, but it will be so worth it!
Morning Coffee Chat for Adoptive/Guardianship Parents: Stevens Point

Date And Time:
Sat, March 5, 2022
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Location:
Ruby Coffee Roasters Cafe
Stevens Point
1410 3rd Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Adoptive & guardianship families, bring the family for an afternoon of exploration at Rib Mountain State Park. This event includes an Annual Wisconsin State Park Vehicle Admission Sticker (normally $28), good through December 31, 2022 at all Wisconsin state parks, forests, and recreation areas. You’ll also receive a map of the trails and a scavenger hunt of things to look for. Register for your arrival time slot, then just meet me at the park headquarters (right where you would pay to go in with a vehicle.) I’ll get you your vehicle sticker, the trail map and scavenger hunt, and let you explore the park from there!

NOTE: THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT, SO FIRST PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO FAMILIES WHO DID NOT RECEIVE THE PASS IN 2021.

Adoptive and Guardianship State Park Day: Wausau

Date And Time:
Sat, March 26, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location:
Rib Mountain State Park
4200 Park Road
Wausau, WI 54401