Columbia Adoption Project

Sensory Training

Sensory Training – “Recognizing and Helping Children at Risk for Sensory Issues”
Saturday, May 14th from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
We are excited to offer adoptive and foster families a 3 hour training with sensory specialist, Kathleen Morris. The training will take place at The Crossing, 3615 Southland Drive, Columbia, MO 65201. **THIS EVENT IS FREE AND CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!!!

Children who are adopted, and/or have experienced foster care, are at risk for sensory processing difficulties.
A parent’s biological children may be as well, but for different reasons. Many of these children do not respond, engage, focus or attach in the ways we might expect. Recognizing and addressing these issues is crucial in helping our children feel better about themselves as well as being accepted by peers and adults. This morning workshop will outline the symptoms of various types of sensory issues as well as give parents, caregivers and other family members ways to start to address, lessen stimuli and equip children to improve their, often puzzling, responses to the people around them and their environment.

Spring 2016

Mid Missouri Adoptive Parent Group
The Mid Missouri Adoptive Parent Group is for anyone in the Mid MO area who is an adoptive parent or an adoptive parent in waiting. The group will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm at various locations. Please check back for updates.
If you are an Adoptive Parent and are interested in being a part of this group, Contact for more information.

Boone County Foster & Adoptive Support Group
This group is designed for foster parents to discuss issues and have supportive conversation with each other. The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm at Christian Fellowship, 4600 Christian Fellowship Road, Columbia, MO 65203. (Child Care is available, but you MUST Register at Least 24 Hours Prior so that we can make sure there are enough care providers)
When you arrive at Christian Fellowship Church, please enter through the main entrance to get your child check in tags. Follow the signs for “cfKidz” to get to the area where the support group will be held. If you would prefer to park nearest the outer building where this group will meet follow these directions. Upon entrance to the main parking lot, veer right to the northwest part of the parking lot. Enter the gate and the modular tan building is the cfKidz building. Childcare is held in rooms 300 and 301. The support group will meet in the room 307.
Childcare Registration
If you are a Foster Care Parent and are interested in being a part of this group, Contact Shelly Ketchum for more information.

Skating Party (Family Event)
Thursday, March 24th
6:00-8pm Empire Roller Rink, 1305 Bus. Loop 70, Columbia, MO 65201
Contact for more information.

Hair Care Clinic at Jabberwocky Studios
Sunday, April 3rd at 6:30pm
Jabberwocky is sponsoring a Hair Care Clinic on April 3rd at their studios at 6:30. There will be beauticians from local salons attending to give ideas and suggestions on taking care of hair for bi-racial and African American hair types. You are welcome to bring your child with you to ask specific questions or if you are new to fostering to come to get an idea of the process.
For more information Contact
or visit Jabberwocky Studios

Building Strong Families

MU Family Impact Center
The MU Family Impact Center is offering parenting classes called Building Strong Families. These are Free, Fun and Informative classes for parents. They are offered twice a month on the 1st Tuesday: 12:30 – ­2pm or the 2nd Tuesday: 6 – ­7:30pm at the Family Impact Center, 105 E Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65203. For more information call 573-882-2428. Free Childcare and Refreshments are provided. They do need you to register by filling out the Registration Fom