November 4, 1996 in Features

Local Events Mark National Adoption Month

Nina Culver Correspondent

Adoption Resource Center, a program of the Children’s Home Society of Washington, is sponsoring several events to educate the community about adoption issues in November, National Adoption Month.

The first free workshop, called “Attachment and Adoption,” will be Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Eastern Washington University’s Women’s Center. The workshop is designed to educate parents on relative attachment disorder, which affects children who have had serious disruption with their primary caretaker in their early years.

A candlelighting ceremony and open house will be Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m. at Children’s Home Society of Washington, 4315 S. Scott. For more information, call 747-4174.

The International Soundex Reunion Registry is a computerized system that matches adoptees with birth relatives. Registration is voluntary and the registry does not perform searches. Information about the registry and additional search resources in the Northwest will be available at no cost from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at University City Mall.

Foster and adoptive parents as well as professionals who deal with children who were exposed to alcohol and drugs before birth are invited to attend a “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/ Alcohol Related Neurological Disorder” workshop Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop, at the Spokane County Health District Auditorium at 1101 W. College, will cover how to find resources for affected children and parenting issues. The registration fee of $12 includes lunch. For more information or to register, call 324-1679.

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