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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Spring 2010 Schedule NYC Gathering

Changes as of 1.24.10 are in BLUE

NYC WOMENS MIDTOWN DINNERS (Tuesdays,5:30-8:00 pm)
Jan 5
Feb 2
Mar 16
April 26-Special guest Nancy Kaufman, LCSW, Topic-Disclosure.
May 25
NJ-PVED Gathering Sunday Jan 31,2010-Replies Needed, All are welcome to Edgewater NJ, just over the GWB, 12:30-3:00 pm.

The NYC Gathering-All inclusive-Sunday Feb 21 and April 11 on the UWS, 12:30-3:30, $5 per family to rent the playspace and kick in another $5 for if you can.

Connecticut Gathering-info to follow.

LONG ISLAND RESOLVE-Women Only, Peer-led Support Group(Third Thursday Monthly 6:30-8:30 pm at Panera in East Meadow)
Jan 21
FEB 7****Harriet Rovner Ferguson, LCSW will be leading us in a discussion on disclosure, 12:30-2pm in Stony Brook at the RSNY office on Rte 347. We will be meeting and talking to a de-conceived teen as well. Space is limited and almost booked up so please reply asap if interested to or
Feb 18
Mar 18
Apr 15
May 20****Date changed to May 13
June 17

TPPN (Third Party Parenting Network, Elizabeth Silk 212-873-6435 and Nancy Kaufman 212-772-1200, UWS, 7-8:30pm)
Jan 12
Feb 9
Mar 9
Apr 12
May 10
June 14

Family Building Network (Professionally led by Patricia Mendell, PMendell@aol.Com, midtown 6:30-9pm)
Jan 7, What to Consider When Creating a Family through Donor or Surrogacy
Jan 27, Follow-up discussion to November '09 workshop Conversations for Parents and Parents-to-be. This will also be an introduction to an on-going monthly group that will meet on the following Wednesdays:
Feb 24
Mar 24
April 21
May 26
Cost is $30, contact for more info.

Mar 2 at 7pm in Montclair NJ, On-going Professionally-led Support Group Meets every other month. Contact or call 973-746-7370 for more info. A few NYer's together in my car from midtown leaving @ 5:30 or so? The first session is free to new-comers and $20 after that.

PS-please see Judy Kottick, LCSW on YOUTUBE, she's part of the team that produced the JNJ series on Donor Egg and Surrogacy, featuring Allegra the donor-conceived teen, Donors, Recipients, etc...Judy appears on all but one of the series. Congratulations Judy!!!

Infertility - Egg Donors

Infertility - Egg Donor Recipient

Infertility - Egg Donor child

Surrogacy and Egg Donation

Gestational Surrogacy

Here's one on IVF:
Here are the PPD segments:

****Special Event****March 21,2010
Workshop:Conversations for Parents and Parents-to-be.
Professionally Led by Patricia Mendell and Jean Benward
Details to follow.

****Workshop at IACCenter****May 1,2010
Family Stories: How to talk to Children about Adoption and Donor Origins
Date: Saturday March 28, 2009
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be served
Place: Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health & Wellness, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, NJ 08619 - LOCATED 10 minutes from Princeton and 5 minutes from the Hamilton Train Station
This workshop is for parents, parents-to-be and professionals who would like to learn how to talk to children at the different ages and stages they go through in understanding adoption and donor origins. Three separate tracks will be offered: one covering adoption, another discussing donor origin issues and a third track for kids to touch on these issues as well. You can follow one track or mix and match. This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886509641) for 5 continuing education contact hours. Professionals working with these issues can get CEU credits for attendance.
This workshop program has been developed by Joni S. Mantell, LCSW Director of IAC Center, a psychotherapist specializing in adoption, and a recognized expert on integrating adoption and child developmental issues and Judith Kottick, LCSW, Director of Fertility Counseling and Consulting Services, a psychotherapist and recognized expert in the field of reproductive counseling with a particular emphasis on egg donation and gestational carrier arrangements.