Tagged: adoption

Family Movie Night: Martian Child

Posted on November 13, 2015. Category:

MovieNightNovA special family event in celebration of National Adoption Month! Bring the kids, friends and family to enjoy FREE pizza, soda and popcorn as we watch and discuss “Martian Child.” John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Joan Cusack and Sophie Okonedo star in this movie about adoption and all its challenges.

“I’m not human,” little Dennis says at one point in “Martian Child.” So he believes. The lonely orphan has convinced himself that he was not abandoned by his parents, but arrived here from Mars. To protect himself against the sun, he walks around inside a cardboard box with a slit cut for his eyes and wears a weight belt around his waist to keep himself from drifting up into the sky.

Dennis attracts the attention of a lonely science-fiction writer named David (John Cusack), a recent widower who can’t get the cardboard box out of his mind and goes back to the orphanage one day with some suntan cream. Eventually, he asks Dennis to come home with him for a test run and decides to adopt him. The movie is the sentimental, sweet and gives real hints of what a child in foster care goes through to cope with the life he has not chosen. This movie will provide lots of heart and lots of discussion points for us as we celebrate foster care and adoption this month. Bring a friend!!! All are welcome.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families (TCIF)

Posted on September 21, 2015. Category:

Are you a relative, parent, foster parent or caregiver….experiencing power struggles, aggressive behavior, tantrums and blowups with the children in your care?

Many behavioral crisis situations can be resolved or prevented with the right skills. TCIF participants will learn to understand the roots of challenging behaviors. They will learn how to assist youth in developing new skills and abilities that replace the need for crisis behaviors.

You must attend all 10 sessions to complete the training. Childcare is available.


Book Discussion Group: Throwaway Girl

Posted on July 22, 2015. Category:

18774686Join us for a discussion of the book “Throwaway Girl” by Kristine Scarrow. The book chronicles the life of Andy Burton who was placed in foster care at 9. She has dealt with abuse, hunger and homelessness and tells her story as an 18 year old about to leave the group home that she’s called home for the last 4 years.

We provide food and wonderful chances to discuss real foster care and adoption challenges during these book groups. Open to anyone. Counts for training hour credit for WCS foster parents.


Q & A with Chris Lacey

Posted on June 30, 2015. Category:


Chris Lacey Program Director

Chris Lacey
Program Director

Keeping you up to date with foster care and adoption news!Hear from Foster Care Program Director Chris Lacey in this open forum style training. He will provide updates about our program and expectations. A chance to ask questions and address your comments directly to him will be offered.