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NCFA Free Webinar - Talking to those in the Adoption Community with Roots in Russia & Ukraine

March 11, 2022

From the National Council For Adoption:

As the crisis has unfolded in Ukraine, NCFA is aware that adopted individuals with roots in Ukraine and Russia, and their families, are grieving and grappling with how to process these events. Families who have adopted from Russia and Ukraine are impacted in a very real way by what is happening. In this free webinar, NCFA will moderate a panel, joined by several member agencies, to provide guidance and clinical expertise for navigating this challenging time. We will also provide resources for professionals and parents regarding talking with children about these events.

NCFA is pleased to be joined by:

Bill Porter, M. Ed., LPC-S-  Bill is Director of Post Adoption and Client Services at the Gladney Center and he is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the state of Texas.  He has 26 years of experience in providing counseling, support and advocacy to at-risk children, youth and families.  Bill joined the Gladney Family in 2013 and he spends most of his time leading his team in providing services to adoptees, birth families and adoptive families.  Bill has been trained through the Trust-based Relational Intervention TBRI® at Texas Christian University.

Cindy Torchia LCSW, LCPAA- Cindy is CCAI’s Texas Branch Office Director.  Cindy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in adoption for twenty-years.

Rhonda Jarema, MA- Rhonda has worked as a counselor, advocate, and educator in the field of international adoptions since 1995. She has worked in many roles at Nightlight Christian Adoptions since 1998, currently as International Program Director in the California office. She has spoken at conferences, written articles and advocated for the adoption of school aged children. Most importantly, she is mom to 5 children adopted from Russia and 1 from Kyrgyzstan.

Daniel Stevens, LMS- Dan is the Executive Director of Family Connections. Dan has a Master in Social Work from Western New Mexico University, and bachelor's in Political Science with a Concentration in Law and Justice from SUNY Cortland.  Family Connections has been an integral part of Dan’s life since he was nine years old.  Having an adoption agency founder as a mother has placed adoption social work as a foundation to his personality.  While attending SUNY Cortland, he helped as an administrative assistant at Family Connections for two years before graduating.  Before returning to Family Connections, he had other life experiences that have directed his path back to Social Work. Dan has completed Adoption Competency training with the Center for Adoption Support and Education.

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