Tween Adopt Salon Support Group July 3rd, 2020 via ZOOM

Tween Adopt Salon Support Group July 3rd, 2020 via ZOOM

Share stories, thoughts, feelings, ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, learn about, search seek reunion, and build strong bonds/connections. A place for younger members of the Adoption Community of Adoptees to come together.

Virtual Meeting

Tweens between ages of 9 and 11 should please register for this ZOOM meeting. Our monthly open support group for TWEEN-aged ADOPTEE members of the Adoption Constellation is hosted by Jeanette Yoffe, M.F.T., Founder of Celia Center.

Suggested Donation: $20

Please donate $1, $5, $10, or $20 to attend this group meeting (purchase ticket below).  Your donation supports Celia Center, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Thanks very much!

Donate here to receive ZOOM registration access: RSVP HERE

Tween Adopt Salon Support Group July 3rd, 2020 via ZOOM

Tween Adopt Salon Support Group June 12, 2020 via ZOOM

Share stories, thoughts, feelings, ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, learn about, search seek reunion, and build strong bonds/connections. A place for younger members of the Adoption Community of Adoptees to come together.

Virtual Meeting

Tweens between ages of 9 and 11 should please register for this ZOOM meeting. Our monthly open support group for TWEEN-aged ADOPTEE members of the Adoption Constellation is hosted by Jeanette Yoffe, M.F.T., Founder of Celia Center.

Suggested Donation: $20

Please donate $1, $5, $10, or $20 to attend this group meeting (purchase ticket below).  Your donation supports Celia Center, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Thanks very much!

Donate here to receive ZOOM registration access:

Tween Adopt Salon Support Group

Tween Adopt Salon Support Group July 3rd, 2020 via ZOOM

Tween Adopt Salon Support Group May 15, 2020 via ZOOM

Share stories, thoughts, feelings, ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, learn about, search seek reunion, and build strong bonds/connections. A place for younger members of the Adoption Community of Adoptees to come together.

Virtual Meeting

Tweens between ages of 9 and 11 should please register for this ZOOM meeting. Our monthly open support group for TWEEN-aged ADOPTEE members of the Adoption Constellation is hosted by Jeanette Yoffe, M.F.T., Founder of Celia Center.

Suggested Donation: $20

Please donate $1, $5, $10, or $20 to attend this group meeting (purchase ticket below).  Your donation supports Celia Center, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Thanks very much!

Donate here to receive ZOOM registration access:

Tween Adopt Salon Support Group

Seven Core Issues In Adoption Book Signing and Presentation with: Allison Davis Maxon, M.S., LMFT and Sharon Kaplan Roszia, M.S.  Experts in Foster Care and Adoption 

Seven Core Issues In Adoption Book Signing and Presentation with: Allison Davis Maxon, M.S., LMFT and Sharon Kaplan Roszia, M.S.  Experts in Foster Care and Adoption 

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CELIA CENTER, a non-profit Adoption, and Foster Care Support organization Presents: 

Book Signing and Presentation with: 

Allison Davis Maxon, M.S., LMFT and Sharon Kaplan Roszia, M.S. 

Experts in Foster Care and Adoption 

Authors of Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency

Hosted by:

Wednesday

March 4, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

RSVP HERE

$20 with reservation

$10 for CEU Certificate 

$10 Additional for 2 Hours of Continuing Education Credit. Celia Center provides Adoption and Foster Care Education and SupportCelia Center Inc is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #121492. The target audience is the following: educators, teachers, health providers, licensed professionals in the community: LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCCs, and/or LEP’s.

Coffee/Tea Snacks will be served. 

Books available for purchase $39.95. Cash or checks – NO credit cards. 

  • If you have seen the Paramount Pictures movie, Instant Family, written and directed by Sean Anders, then you are familiar with the types of challenges Maxon and Roszia address in their new book Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third-Party Reproduction (2019)

  • According to Seneca Orange County over 50,000 children in California are waiting for a safe home and loving family. Maxon and Roszia’s work illuminates the issues and offers tools to support people who chose to adopt and the youth/children who are adopted as they develop into a family and enter as a unit into a neighborhood, school system, religious and youth organizations, and the local community.
  • Based on a hugely successful US model, the Seven Core Issues in Adoption is the first conceptual framework of its kind to offer a unifying lens that was inclusive of all individuals touched by the adoption experience.
  • The Seven Core Issues are Loss, Rejection, Shame/Guilt, Grief, Identity, Intimacy, and Mastery/Control. The book expands the model to be inclusive of adoption and all forms of permanency: adoption, foster care, kinship care, donor insemination, and surrogacy. Attachment and trauma are integrated with the Seven Core Issues model to address and normalize the additional tasks individuals and families will encounter.

The book views the Seven Core Issues from a range of perspectives including multi-racial, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, African-American, International, openness, search and reunion, and others. This essential guide introduces each Core Issue, its impact on individuals, offering techniques for growth and healing.


Join Us & RSVP

$20 Fee

$10 Additional for Continuing Education Credit.

Celia Center Inc is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #121492. The target audience is the following: educators, teachers, health providers, licensed professionals in the community: LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCCs, and/or LEP’s.

This event led by Jeanette Yoffe, M.F.T.,
Founder of Celia Center.

  • When: March 4, 2020

  • Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • All must PRE-REGISTER HERE

  • Where: Vista Del Mar 3200 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

  • FREE Parking next to the building.

  • For General Inquiries: Please email info@celiacenter.org


    Sharon Kaplan Roszia M.S. entered the field of foster care and adoption in 1963 and has worked consistently in both public and private agencies as well as private practice, always focusing on child welfare issues. Along with her colleague, Deborah Silverstein L.C.S.W., she developed the Seven Core Issues in Adoption, which is referenced widely in the literature of social work and is the basis of a forty-eight-hour curriculum to train social workers and therapists on the Core Issues, trauma, and attachment. It has been taught for many years in California and is presently also taught in Canada and Texas.  Sharon has lectured extensively all over the USA as well as Canada and Australia. She has written three books (The Open Adoption Experience and Cooperative Adoption and Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency), written chapters and forwards to books, written for several magazines in print and on-line, and has participated in the creation of many training videos. She appeared regularly on both local and national television shows over the years. Sharon lives what she does professionally as a foster parent, adoptive parent, a parent by birth and now, intergenerationally, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     

    Allison Davis Maxon, M.S., LMFT is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of child welfare and children’s mental health specializing in Attachment, Developmental Trauma, and Permanency/Adoption. She is the Executive Director of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and was the foster care consultant for the Paramount Pictures movie Instant Family. Allison was honored in 2017 with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute ‘Angels in Adoption’ award and is the co-author of Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families, and Third-Party Reproduction, Jessica Kingsley Publishing 2019.
A First Birth Mother’s Heartfelt Poetry by Alison

A First Birth Mother’s Heartfelt Poetry by Alison

5 hours left…to tell my parents about you..
Today mocks my delicate mood
The clouds cry for me and together we brood
The air is calm and comfortable
But inside there’s a storm
My inside is real but outside I must perform
Everything is bleak and gray
My problems shall forever stay
I only have five hours left to keep my secrets
My tears will resemble the purest garnets
As I break down to tell my sob story
I’ll bloom at the end of the night, only for a small while, like a morning glory
5 hours left to live my life
Later I’ll be caught drowning in strife
Which the clouds cried a roaring river
I dove from the boat without signing the waiver
Now the ice water stampedes over my head
Some try to reach my, but the water pulls me deeper instead
A pestilence chokes its way down my throat
The angle of death stares at my to gloat
She won’t take me but tease me at arm’s length
I’m losing my grip as this secret drains all my strength
5 hours left for everything to be the same
5 hours left to prepare for today’s later pain
——-
The Bottle
Since that day, it’s been 16 years
That whole time, I buried my tears
With them, I filled a bottle
Combined with things that were simply awful
It was tightly capped, to make it all stop
But the pressure rose, as it filled to the top
The first layer was superficial
Day to day worries, that meant very little
They were a distraction for what laid underneath
Not far below, was my hidden grief
A layer of secrets that ravaged my body
Even though my mind stayed cloudy and foggy
This layer was older, it started at 8
Starting a cycle that decided my fate
The next layer and the decades that followed
Reinforced my need to keep it all bottled
Mixed throughout were life’s other struggles
Through which my tears continued to muddle
At the bottom was a pain
That shall forever stay
That is until I meet you someday
This layer was shoved to the bottom
With something I tried not to think about often
Compounded so hard, the tears couldn’t reach
Even though the pain continued to screech
Finally, I cracked it open
As the pain fizzled out, it let the hope in
At the bottom, this final layer was stuck
I thought about throwing it in the garbage truck
But I know I have to clean it out
No matter how much my pain might shout
Eventually, the bottle will dry
And finally, I’ll bloom like a butterfly
After 18 years, I’ll finally be ready
To fly with you, and keep you steady
I’ll take the bottle, and throw it in the ocean
Watching it drift away in the waves and their motion
We will watch the sunrise over the horizon
Together our days will begin to brighten
On grass, we will lay and look at the stars
As the clouds and storm eventually clears
To show us the sky as we watch together
And I can finally be your mother
——
Another day
Another day I sit and wonder how you are
More and more time I spend daydreaming my life away
My heart is spilled
Yet filled with your love
My stomach is empty
yet filled with knots
My fists are clenched
Yet open and waiting
My eyes are dry
Yet tears flow inside
My heart is broken
Yet sewing itself up
My mouth is screaming
Yet no sound escapes
——
The Picture … the first time I saw her as a teenager
A picture of you
A glimmer of hope
My days have been dark
Finally, you bring light
Like a look in the mirror
I can’t believe what I see
I know it’s the truth
Deep in my soul
My body speaks with authenticity
Joy fills my lungs
And my heart begins to sing
An impossibility becomes reality
I’ve awoken
And I’m still in a dream
I wonder if you feel me
Looking into your eyes
From a distance so far
But at my fingertips
As the time ticks away
And space shortens
The day will come

When a picture comes to life

——

Utter heartbreak 
A girl, a child, a mother
Who cannot seem to speak
But actions talk of pain and despair
A piece of her soul, her heart, is missing
It was carved out on a bleak November day
And left in the half-melted snow
To bleed down the sidewalk
And eventually dry
Flaking off in the wind
Leaving no trace
Seemingly gone, lost forever
The void filled with the heaviest emptiness
There was nothing there
But it weighed three tons
Incapable of moving
Unable to breathe
Crushed by the weight

Of ultimate loss

——

Searching online… 
Looking for you and I wonder
Are you looking for me?
Showering through pages
And clawing through words
That feel like a mountain
But end so abruptly
Cracking a code
Clues lead to nowhere
The only path is a bridge
That I cannot seem to cross
Maybe more notes
Can show me the way
Regardless there’s someone
I can’t walk past
You’re there, somewhere
On the other side
Can you feel me
Searching for you?