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Serving families, professionals and educators since 1998

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Community Education: 2012 Winter/Spring Program Calendar

2 Easy ways to register:

1. Online
2. Call 301-476-8525

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Please note: Certificates of Participation are available upon request. C.A.S.E. is unable to refund your fee for a webinar that you were unable to attend as we pay the hosting site for each registrant in advance.

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WEBINAR! Untangling the Web: How the internet is reshaping search, reunion and adoption itself

The Internet is instigating revolutionary changes in virtually every aspect of adoption, from the ways practitioners work with prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers (and fathers) who are considering placing their babies for adoption; to the proliferation of training, education and support resources; and, most profoundly, to the ever-expanding ability of everyone involved to find each other and form relationships through social media. This webinar by Adam Pertman, Executive Director of Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute will examine this extraordinary period in adoption’s history, discuss the impact of the transformations, and address the ethical and practical issues being raised.


When: Thursday, May 17, 2012
9:00 – 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Fee: $25.00
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WEBINAR! Going the Extra Mile: Launching adopted teens with special needs

When you are parenting teens with complex mental health and emotional, social and/or learning challenges, the transition to adulthood/independence can often be compromised. It may take a lot longer than you ever expected, with many starts and stops along the way. A panel of experienced adoptive parents, moderated by C.A.S.E., CEO, Debbie Riley, will discuss what they have learned about effective parenting strategies, self-preservation coping skills and ways to access resources for support. Participants will have the opportunity to address their questions and concerns during this interactive presentation.

When: Thursday, June 7, 2012
9:00 – 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Fee: $25
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WORKSHOP! Talking with Children about Adoption

Our most requested workshop! Ellen Singer, LCSW-C will help parents establish comfortable, effective communication to help their children understand their adoption story. Discover what children understand about adoption at different developmental ages and stages. Focusing primarily on ages 3-12, find out how to share information with your children as they grow – including information that is considered difficult, negative or painful. Pre-registration required.

When: Saturday, June 9, 2012
9:30 a.m.- noon
Location: Burtonsville, MD
Fee: $35 per person or $50 per couple
Childcare provided for children 3 and up – fee: $10.00 per child.
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Kids' Adoption Network Group (Grades 5th-6th)
Thursdays., beginning in September (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
C.A.S.E. Office, Burtonsville, MD
Valerie Kunsman, MSW and Allyson Schaffer, LCSW-C

This popular 8-week series encourages children from various adoptive backgrounds to engage in art, games and discussions that explore various issues surrounding adoption including identity, birth family and their adoption story. Children will learn skills to manage the questions and comments from others. Two sessions for parents will run concurrently. Pre-assessment required. Contact Valerie Kunsman, MSW (Kunsman@adoptionsupport.org) or (301) 476-8525 for information and to schedule a pre-group assessment. Fee $50 per child/per session and $35/parent session.

TEEN Adoption Group (Grades 9th-12th)
Tuesdays beginning in September (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
C.A.S.E. Office, Burtonsville, MD
Sean Delehant, LCPC and Susan LaVigna, LCSW-C

This group, facilitated by a male therapist and a female therapist who is also an adoptee, provides a fantastic opportunity for teens to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences around adoption with their peers! There will be eight group sessions for teens and three group sessions for parents, concurrently. Pre-assessment required. For information and to schedule a pre-group assessment, contact Sean Delehant, LCPC, Delehant @adoptionsupport.org or (301) 476-8525. Fee $75 per teen/per session and $40/parent session.

Maryland Office : Silver/Spring Burtonsville


4000 Blackburn Lane, Suite 260
Burtonsville, MD 20866





Virginia Office


5101-H Backlick Road
Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-3820 Fax - 703-256-3821

Directions to our offices

Our cancellation policy is as follows.
If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, you may transfer your registration to someone else or receive "credit" towards another C.A.S.E. program. If we cancel a scheduled workshop, we will refund your fee in full (if requested) or will give you credit, as above.

EXCEPTION: C.A.S.E. is unable to refund your fee for a webinar that you were unable to attend as we pay the hosting site for each registrant in advance.


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