Posted on March 6, 2017. Category:
The Cornell University model for working with kids in crisis situations. All WCS staff are trained in this model and we need our families to use these techniques too! This is a mandatory training for all families. Childcare is available with your registration.
Posted on January 21, 2017. Category:
For foster/adoptive parents, staff and even kids! This laid back group gets together to work on handmade crafts. Some parents work on Lifebooks for their children, some knit and crochet, homemade gifts. Bring your supplies and enjoy connecting while you craft.
“A LifeBook records a foster/adoptee’s life that uses words, photos, graphics, the child’s artwork, and memorabilia. A LifeBook tells more than a life story. It represents a unique opportunity for parents to honor every minute of their children’s lives. As for foster parents, this is their chance to give an adoptee/foster child a sweet childhood memory.” Bring your scrapbooking tools and materials, pictures and memories as each person works on creating a memory book for a child. No matter what your level of craftiness, these books are SO important to the kids and teens who have questions about their life.
Adults share their journey and have a blast while crafting. Contact Dawn Caruso to learn more about this group. Ask us about childcare for this group.
Posted on December 10, 2016. Category:
Come walk with us at the Niantic Light Parade! Line up at 5pm and represent Waterford Country School Foster Care and Adoption. We will march in the parade and hand out candy and information to the crowd. We always have so much festive fun!
Posted on May 17, 2016. Category:
Read and discuss “The Garbage Bag Kid” by Virginia Jeffers. This group earns training hours reading a book from home and getting together to discuss. Feel free to bring a friend to any of these discussion nights. Books are available for you in the Foster Care Program Lending Library. Contact Dawn Caruso for more information.
Posted on February 11, 2016. Category:
A laid back support group for foster and adoptive families. Discuss the ups and downs of parenting with your peers. These core groups lend support to each other and provide feedback for Waterford Country School’s programs. Bring a friend if you like, the coffee is on us!
- C&C North Group – Lisbon Panera Bread (contact Laura)
- C&C South Group – Waterford Books-A-Million (contact Dawn)
Posted on December 5, 2015. Category:
All of our Foster Care families are invited to join us for our annual holiday celebration. Our office will be decorated. There will be great food, music, crafts and games….as well as ways to win raffle prizes just because we appreciate you! We even might have a visit from the big guy himself. Bring your camera for Pictures with Santa and all the other festivities. Please RSVP so we can get an accurate food count.
Posted on November 13, 2015. Category:
A 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.
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