Adoptive-Foster Parent Adopt Salon Support Group: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

Adoptive-Foster Parent Adopt Salon Support Group: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

FREE monthly open support group for Foster Parents, Adoptive Parents, and Kinship Families. Ages 18 and above.

A place for the Adoption & Foster Care community to come together to share stories, thoughts, feelings, and ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, and build strong bonds and connections.

The group is facilitated by Phil Weglarz, Adoptive parent, Psychotherapist/Expressive Arts Therapist, and Adoption Researcher.

7 pm – 8:30 pm  Pacific Time

Time and place are shown in the Events Calendar. Meetings will be held virtually via ZOOM until further notice.

Please register below to receive your ZOOM link for the event.

Phil Weglarz BIO:

In 2013, Phil Weglarz became a first-time parent of an infant through a private, local same-race adoption with an ongoing direct two-way relationship with his daughter’s birth mother. Prior to this, he had professional experience as an attachment-based play therapist and parent coach for birth/first parents seeking reunification, and foster-to-adoptive parents in an agency that specialized in working with children with co-occurring mental health and learning challenges.

Phil’s interest and specialty have always been trauma-informed, sensory-based, and creative modalities for parent-child and peer-to-peer engagement. He currently serves as core faculty and program chair for the Expressive Arts Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, based in San Francisco. Most recently, he completed a Ph.D. dissertation entitled, “Kaleidoscopes of Kinship: A Narrative Inquiry of Birth Fathers’ and Adoptive Fathers’ Experiences of Open Adoptions” (2022), in which he interviewed 5 birth fathers and 23 adoptive fathers about what it is like for them to belong to families created through foster care or private adoptions. This work has already been recognized by the Rudd Adoption Research Program at UMass-Amherst, and he will be sharing these intimate stories of men’s perspectives of adoption in various ways soon.

Adult Adoptee Adopt Salon Virtual Support Group: Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

Adult Adoptee Adopt Salon Virtual Support Group: Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

FREE monthly open support group for ADULT ADOPTEE MEMBERS of the Adoption Constellation.

A place for Adult Adoptees to come together to share stories, feelings, and ideas; to receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, build strong bonds and connections.

WEDNESDAY 
5 pm – 7 pm PDT
8 – 10 pm EDT

Time and place are also shown in the Events Calendar. Meetings held virtually via ZOOM until further notice.

Please register below to receive your ZOOM link for the event.

Cathy Leckie Koley BIO:

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor, Adoptee Speaker/ Writer / Educator. After reuniting with her birth family at age 43, Cathy found herself on an unexpected healing journey related to her own relinquishment. The process included yoga, through which she found significant healing, and a new career path.

As a yoga teacher since 2012, Cathy now teaches others about the adoptee experience, strategies for unearthing and healing adoption wounds, and mind-body practices that help with adoption-related difficulties. She trained in Trauma-Sensitive in 2014 with Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, and David Emerson, author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga.

Cathy is currently pursuing an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Teen Adopt Salon Support Group: Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

Teen Adopt Salon Support Group: Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

FREE monthly open support group for Teen Adoptees, Foster-Adoptees and current Foster Youth Ages 13-17.

A place for teens to come together to share stories, thoughts, feelings, and ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, and build strong bonds and connections. We will have GUEST ADULT ADOPTEES attend to inspire the teens. If you are an adult adoptee and would like to attend please email info@celiacenter.org 

The group is facilitated by Adoptions/Foster Care Psychotherapist, adult adoptee Jeanette Yoffe, MFT, founder of Celia Center, and Ron Jenkins. Both Facilitators were Foster-Adopted.

7 – 8:30 pm Pacific Time

Time and place are shown in the Events Calendar. Meetings held virtually via ZOOM until further notice.

Please register below to receive your ZOOM link for the event.

Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

FREE monthly open support group called ADOPT SALON CONSTELLATION for all members of the Adoption Constellation: First Birthparents, Adoptees, Former Foster Youth, Foster, Adoptive Parents, and Kinship Families. Ages 18 and above.

A place for the Adoption & Foster Care community to come together to share stories, thoughts, feelings, and ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, and build strong bonds and connections.

The group is facilitated by Adoptions/Foster Care Psychotherapist, adult adoptee Cathy Leckie Koley,  Adoptee and Intern.

5 – 7 pm Pacific Time
8-10 pm Eastern Time

Time and place are shown in the Events Calendar. Meetings held virtually via ZOOM until further notice.

Please register below to receive your ZOOM link for the event.

Cathy Leckie Koley BIO:

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor, Adoptee Speaker/ Writer / Educator. After reuniting with her birth family at age 43, Cathy found herself on an unexpected healing journey related to her own relinquishment. The process included yoga, through which she found significant healing, and a new career path.

As a yoga teacher since 2012, Cathy now teaches others about the adoptee experience, strategies for unearthing and healing adoption wounds, and mind-body practices that help with adoption-related difficulties. She trained in Trauma-Sensitive in 2014 with Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, and David Emerson, author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga.

Cathy is currently pursuing an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Male Adult Adoptee Adopt Salon Support Group: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

Male Adult Adoptee Adopt Salon Support Group: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

FREE monthly open support group for MALE ADULT ADOPTEE MEMBERS of the Adoption Constellation.

A place for Male Adult Adoptees ONLY to come together to share stories, thoughts, feelings, and ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, and build strong bonds and connections. The group is facilitated by Josh Beckman, Adoptee and Associate Psychotherapist.

Time and place are also shown in the Events Calendar. Meetings held virtually via ZOOM until further notice.

Please register BELOW to receive your ZOOM link for the event.

Josh Beckman BIO:

As an adoptee, my clinical focus is working through the lifelong traumatic impact of adoption, abandonment or relinquishment and process unmet childhood emotional needs. I work with all members of the adoption triad and those who struggle with feelings of abandonment and feelings of disconnection.

I have experience treating addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and finding relief from overwhelming psychological trauma. I use an integrative approach of psychotherapy attuned to the mind body connection. I believe in creating a comfortable and safe therapeutic environment, and developing a compassionate and trusting therapist-client relationship allowing for authentic growth. I am an advocate for self-care which includes being active, being creative, striving for personal growth, resting, eating and sleeping well and having nurturing relationships.