It is hard to believe that Adoptive Families of Houston just celebrated its 8th birthday!! So much has happened over the last 8 years, and I am happy to say that AFH is still going strong!! Many people have said that they are so glad they found us, as it is a great way to connect with other adoptive families and for adopted children to connect with others who were adopted.
We have been working hard to bring you activities and events that are relevant to you and your children. Please let us know if there is something you would like to see that we have not addressed yet, or if you have heard speakers elsewhere that would be relevant to our group.
We will soon be selecting a new board for the 2019-20 year. If any of you would be interested in serving on the board, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a wonderful way to get to know other adoptive parents even better and to be actively working toward the good of our group.
In the meantime, I hope to see you at our upcoming events.
We have a new online platform for AFH this year called Membership Toolkit, and many of you who have already renewed your membership have been introduced to it. By simply renewing your membership, you will be populating our new online directory! You will be able to decide what personal information you would like to be included in the directory, and the directory will be visible only to other AFH members. There is an online option to print a copy of the new directory so no paper copies will be distributed this year. The directory will be updated with every new member immediately so it will be current throughout the year as new members join, a definite plus over our previous directory.
Our evening with the Birth Mother Panel was very insightful and moving. We listened to the stories of three birth mothers that placed their child for adoption many years ago. They shared their heartfelt sorrows of deciding not to parent, and also their joys of being reunited with their birth child later in life. Both tears of sadness and tears of joy were shed by both the panel and the audience. It was a night to remember.
- PARENTING COACH: PATINA SEHORN -
Patina Sehorn started out the evening discussing how children need to learn social and emotional skills at a very early age and how it can help or hinder them later on in life. It's the old saying about it being harder to teach an old dog a new trick. Patina discussed how the earlier they start learning these skills, the easier it is for them to learn how to adjust, and have fun and healthy relationships with their peers now and later on in life as adults. The evening then moved on to Patina providing ideas and traditions from her own life to make and then help keep a family unit close. Some ideas were simple such as playing in the rain or Taco Tuesday, and some were more involved like a scavenger hunt at the mall or kidnapping friends for breakfast on their birthday (with the permission of the kidnapped kid's parents of course). The evening concluded with the audience sharing some of their family traditions. It was a fun night of learning.
- ANNUAL PICNIC -
The weather was perfect for the annual Celebration of Adoption Picnic. The face painter and balloon artist decorated little faces like butterflies, tigers, and super heroes and accessorized the kids with balloon flowers and swords. Hayrides around the property, a bounce house, and the playground were huge hits with the kids, and the petting zoo and pony rides were fan favorites! After all that play, everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers. The afternoon ended with a very successful raffle and silent auction. Our Picnic Co-Chairs, Jannifer Arnott & Katie Palmer, did an amazing job planning this event and we especially thank our sponsors for all of their support!
- HOLIDAY PARTY -
It was a little chilly the day of the AFH Holiday Party held at the Megow residence, but everyone had a blast, and not just of cold air! Icing and candy were added to gingerbread houses, and of course a little of the candy was eaten in the process. In addition to the houses, children had the opportunity to make memorable ornaments and play in the backyard together. The highlight of the party though was Santa's visit. Santa sat and listened to the children's wishes for Christmas, took a photo with the children, and presented each child with an early Christmas gift. It was a perfect end to an afternoon of fun. Thank you to the Megow family for opening their home. The event is usually held at Kathie's home, which has not yet fully recovered from the events of Hurricane Harvey.
- TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ADOPTION: TERESA FLORES -
Teresa Flores started the event by opening up the floor to the audience to tell a little about themselves, their children, and their adoption so that she could get a feel of the types of adoptions and the children's ages in question. She then talked about how children understand adoption based on their age and level of understanding and provided age appropriate topics. Teresa then addressed specific questions from the audience. There were very general questions, and there were very specific questions answered to hopefully help make a comforted turning point to opening up adoption discussions with our children. The evening ended with more sharing of adoption stories by the audience, and meeting the newest family to join AFH with their newest little bundle of joy.
Join AFH for our all-ages March play date at the largest fire station in Houston. (It’s also one of the biggest in the US!) We’ll get to tour the station, meet firefighters and see a fire truck and ambulance!
Due to space limitations you must RSVP for this event so we can let them know how many are coming.
- Mar. 29: SCREENAGERS -
RSVP details to come
Join AFH for a screening and discussion on the documentary, Screenagers. Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston discusses the impact of screen time and the friction it can cause in households.