Spirit of Faith Adoptions provides education about adoption in a variety of ways.
Adoption Awareness Seminars in Ohio: Next month, we will be hosting the second annual seminar series with Anne Pierson of Loving and Caring May 9-13, 2016 in Toledo, Cincinnati and Columbus. Click here to register
The first seminar took place in Cleveland last May (2015) and 107 pro-life advocates from all over Ohio were in attendance.
The Cleveland event was attended by pregnancy care center staff and volunteers as well as women who chose to place their children with adoptive parents, adoptive parents, counselors, social workers, Cleveland Right to Life, LifeWorks, Ohio Right to Life, Heartbeat International and Cuyahoga Valley Church to name a few.
The content of "Principles of Adoption" seminar provided the attendees with a general understanding of the the differences between closed and open adoption. Anne Pierson shared stories from her experiences of being a house mother at a maternity home that she and her husband founded in Pennsylvania nearly 40 years ago. The first woman who lived with them chose adoption for her baby. Anne described this birth mother's experience with the audience. Our director, Phillip Wurster and Stephen Bittinger (Christian adoption attorney in Westlake, Ohio) of www.neebittinger.com provided an overview of adoption laws in Ohio. In addition, a courageous woman who had chosen adoption for their daughter shared her story about open adoption. An adoptive mother talked about how she thinks about her daughter's birth mother every day, 14 years after the adoption occurred.
Anne repeated her famous statement, "you just have to know them." She taught the group that the focus of counseling a woman about pregnancy options starts with getting to know her. And that is focused on her: her likes, dislikes, what she likes to do, talents, hobbies, her family situation, etc. It is not focused on the pregnancy at first. Anne spoke about her workbook series "My Baby and Me" which provides a user-friendly framework for pregnancy centers to use with clients to get to know them, about choosing life and then exploring their parenting options, including a look at adoption.
The event brought together, 107 people from more than 15 local organizations, together in one room for a day of encouragement, education, collaboration and an opportunity to get to know one another.
In May 2016, Anne will be returning to Ohio by popular demand. She will be presenting a hands-on type of workshop with instruction, demonstration and small group role playing activities on how to talk with clients facing unplanned pregnancies about pro-life options of parenting and adoption using the "My Baby and Me" workbook series.
May 9, 2016, the "My Baby and Me" seminar will be presented in Toledo, Ohio. The Pregnancy Center of Toledo is sponsoring the event. All are welcome to register and attend.
May 11, 2016, a similar workshop will be presented in Cincinnati, Ohio by the Pregnancy Centers Coalition of Greater Cincinnati. All are also welcome to register and attend. On
May 13, 2016, Pregnancy Decision Health Centers will be sponsoring Anne's "My Baby and Me" Seminar in Columbus, Ohio and this seminar will have a heavy adoption focus. And, Phillip Wurster, Director of Spirit of Faith Adoptions will be present to present a brief overview of Ohio adoption laws. To register for these seminars, click here.
Pregnancy Center Adoption Awareness Education: Spirit of Faith Adoptions provides free, one hour face to face trainings with staff and volunteers of any organization, hospital, medical facility, pregnancy care center, educational center or counseling office in Ohio. Ohio Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) for Social Workers and Counselors are available.
These trainings give the participants an overview of the benefits of openness in adoption in Ohio. In talking about adoption, there is an opportunity to ask questions about adoption laws in Ohio. This training format gives the participants a view into the hearts and lives of how a pregnant woman facing an unplanned pregnancy feels and gives the staff and volunteers ideas on what to say and do when talking about parenting options.
Face to Face Meetings: Spirit of Faith Adoptions' staff offers to meet face to face with anyone who calls and wants to talk about adoption. This includes women who are pregnant and anyone invited by the birth parents to be present.
Spirit of Faith Adoptions is a Christian adoption agency that provides adoption services and education to birth parents, adoptive parents and to all pro-life advocates who request our services.