Family Forums are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, and are intended to be a time of education, constructive dialogue, and support. Occasionally, topics of particular interest may also be discussed during a lunch hour forum.
Foster and adoptive parents can struggle to understand the anxiety that their children carry with them and seem to so easily retreat into. This isn’t “I’m feeling nervous” anxiety. It’s “Retreat, I’m being attacked!” anxiety. It’s “I’m deeply afraid of something I can’t describe for reasons I don’t understand” anxiety. It’s disruptive, defiant, destructive anxiety.
It’s also seemingly logical, to the child at least. It’s what makes sense to them, what’s comfortable (paradoxically), and what protects them. During this forum, we’ll delve into how parents can understand and help alleviate their child’s anxiety (and the related behavior) when it doesn’t make sense…and especially when it threatens to upend the family’s stability.
All Recommended families will receive an email inviting them to register for upcoming Forums. If you are Recommended and have not received an email invitation, please contact us at iap@fireflyIN.org. If you are not Recommended with Indiana Adoption Program, but have recently adopted or are in the process of finalizing an adoption and would like to participate, please email your request to your local adoption consultant.