Our Support Services team offers a number of groups and workshops for children, both pre and post adoptive, to come together with other children and siblings to share experiences, feelings, hopes and dreams. Groups are offered at different times throughout the year, and focus on specific needs, ages and interests. Included are:
EXPRESS YOURSELF! A Series of Experiential Workshops for Youth Impacted by Foster Care and/or Adoption EXPRESS YOURSELF! is a Program designed to meet the unique needs of youth who have been impacted by foster care and/or Adoption. This FREE workshop series offers youth an opportunity to meet others with similar life experiences and express themselves in a creative and supportive environment.
Local artists and clinicians lead exciting and fun filled workshops, each lesson plan will include instruction and “hands-on” assistance with the craft, art project or other activity. Additionally, issues relevant to foster care and adoption will be discussed. This program is open to all community youth impacted by adoption/foster care!! Please click the image to the left for upcoming workshops and dates. Remember that space is limited to register for one or more asap!
Many teens in DCYF care experience significant emotional challenges, yet according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, mental and behavioral health is the largest unmet health need for children and teens in foster care. The Healing Arts Program teaches creative, drug-free coping skills to young people in foster care and group homes, while also working to embed the arts throughout the child welfare system. We have learned from youth and staff feedback that our workshops provide participants with a sense of calm well-being as well as multiple avenues for creative expression. To learn more about the Healing Arts Program, contact Rita Capotosto at Adoption RI.
Groovy Girls Groovy Girls is empowers young girls waiting to be adopted, many of whom spend years without a family. It is the goal of the program to engage the community in helping our youth to believe in themselves and learn how to build positive relationships, giving them opportunities for fun, success and personal growth. For more information on this program and/or how to help, contact Rita Capotosto at Adoption RI.
Groovy Girls was voted
“Best of Rhode Island
Adoption Preparation & Clinical Supports Adoption is a benefit to children who would otherwise grow up in less stable and nurturing situations. Many children, however, come to adoption with higher risks for on-going developmental challenges. Understanding these challenges and why they develop is critical to addressing them. Pre-adoptive and adoptive families are much more likely to seek counseling, but struggle to find resources in their community that truly understand adoption. Adoption Rhode Island provides adoption-competent and trauma-informed supports for children and families. Whether an Adoption Permanency Coordinator prepares a child for Tuesdays Child or Heart Gallery; creates life books or helps by gathering photos from birth family; or a clinician provides an assessment or treatment, we are here to help prepare children and prepare families for this lifelong journey.
Please contact us for more information. To learn more about our Clinical Supports click here.