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FOR CALIFORNIA FAMILIES: Parenting Children with Emotional/Behavioral Challenges

August 23, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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Are you an Adoptive Family living in California?

Parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss is not easy! Register now for the Parenting Children with Emotional/Behavioral Challenges Parent Support Group! This 6-week webinar/parent support group will be centered on emotional and developmental needs of children in foster care or who have been adopted. We’ll discuss how the expression of these needs is shown through children’s behavior and when and why the issues are most likely to occur. Parents will build on knowledge they already have to “give themselves jobs” that can address their children’s specific needs and behaviors. Participants will be invited to reflect on their parenting challenges in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Parenting Children with Emotional/Behavioral Challenges Parent Support Group will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays (Aug. 23rd, Aug. 30th, Sept. 6th, Sept. 13th, Sept. 20th, Sept. 27th) from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PST. The group series starts with a webinar followed by 5 parent support group sessions.


Laura Ornelas, LCSWLaura Ornelas, LCSW has more than 25 years of experience in the field of adoption and foster care. Laura spent the first decade of her work immersed in child placement and adoption, and has worked with children of all ages, specializing in the birth-to-5 population – as well as with widely diverse families, with a focus on relative caregivers and Latino family systems. Laura served as the Regional Director of Mental Health Services for Kinship Center (CA) for eight years, during which she designed and oversaw specialty mental health clinics for children who had been adopted and/or were being raised by relative caregivers. Having studied with the leaders in attachment- and trauma-informed care, she created a powerful clinical model rooted in relationship-based, experiential healing. Laura is a seasoned trainer to professionals and parents, and an author of Effectively Addressing Mental Health Issues in Permanency-Focused Child Welfare Practice (Child Welfare Journal) and Attachment Through the Senses (Fostering Families Today).

Contact: Dawn Wilson,