Upcoming Events

    • Monday, September 04, 2017
    • 19:00 - 20:30
    • Baby Buddies International Playgroup, 26 Leighton Road, 4 Floor Capital Commercial Building Causeway Bay
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    The Waiting Family Group is an informal gathering aiming to bring together families who are currently in the process of adoption or who are exploring the possibility of adoption.

    This will be a time to share experiences as well as explore topics of interests

    These events are open to :
    • members and non-members of AFHK
    • families who are in the process of adoption or considering adoption
    • families who have completed the approval process and are waiting to be matched
    Participants can also choose to obtain a Certificate of Attendance for participation in this event. We hope this certificate may support an adoption application by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to learning about the needs of parenting a child through adoption.  

    For information on considering adoption in Hong Kong go to this link in our resources section on our website

    https://www.afhk.org.hk/considering_adoption_in_HK

    • This meeting is FREE FOR CURRENT AFHK MEMBERS
    • 140HKD for non-members or lapsed members (or see below to join/renew and attend this event for FREE). Payment required in advance.


    If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email us at contact@afhk.org.hk 

    Picture of the Capital Commercial Building

     

    • Saturday, September 16, 2017
    • 11:30 - 16:00
    • Victoria Peak Garden, The Peak, HK
    • Thursday, September 21, 2017
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Island Christian Academy, 70 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


    Research shows that the specific language adults use can have a large impact on children’s ability to deal with a setback, which is particularly important when the issue of school work arises. The use of criticism, for example, is not really the great motivator it seems to be. Research shows that kids who endure large amounts of criticism are much more likely to be anxious and depressed and have lower self-efficacy beliefs (i.e., self-confidence in their abilities), which undermines their potential for success. Eventually, some children will not even try achieving their goals because the possibility of failure is unacceptable. On the other hand, ‘growth’ language and compassionate language can have the opposite outcomes, such as: increased confidence, better coping, and stronger bonds with parents and teachers.

    This interactive workshop will cover some simple, yet highly effective, communication skills we can use to foster more positive attitudes towards schoolwork, reduce frustration, and increase motivation. 

    This workshop will cover tools to help: 

    • Foster solution-based thinking
    • Improve communication skills with a child
    • Increase a child's motivation
    This workshop is best suited to address the needs of children ages 11-18, but relevant for younger ages as well.

    Rick Smith has over 15 years of experience teaching students that are underachieving. He has worked in schools in The USA, Russia and Hong Kong. His academic training includes a B.Ed, M.Ed.,(USA) and an Ed.D. (UK), where the focus of his research was stress management and self-compassion for teachers. He has also holds multiple IB teaching certificates and has trained with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He is a board member of the Dyslexia Association of Hong Kong and currently teaches students 1-1 as a part of Southside Health’s Child Development team. 

    This event is open to all parents and caregivers, waiting and prospective parents, adult adoptees, professionals and students.

    • 170HKD for AFHK members; 
    • 270HKD for non-members or lapsed members (or click here to join/renew your AFHK membership and attend this event for the member's rate of 170HKD).

    Seating is limited, registration and payment are required in advance.

    Please arrive to check-in at 6:45pm. Meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

    • Friday, October 13, 2017
    • 19:00 - 21:45
    • Bamboo Grove Club House Lounge, 6th floor, 74-86 Kennedy Road, Midlevels

    Captured on a camera phone as it happened, FATHER UNKNOWN is the true story of a man’s struggle to face the emptiness he carries inside. Disconnected from the people closest to him and haunted by the secrecy in his family, he records his desperate search for connection on a journey with the father he's never truly known.

    This endearing and universal story brings audiences along for the ride in real time on a deep and powerful journey, inspiring courageous conversations about the search for identity, the longing for connection in family relationships, the resilience of the human spirit, and the journey to heal the pain of the past.

    This documentary was filmed by David Quint who is the son of the primary subject, 67 year old Urban.  Urban passed his early years in a Swiss orphange and has no knowledge of his birth father, hence the title “Father Unknown”

     “Father Unknown" is a very powerful, firsthand journey of reconnection and rediscovery. This film gets Adoption at the Movies’ high recommendation for teens and adults; it might be particularly interesting to people consider adoption and to adults whose lives have already been touched by adoption.” (Adoption at the Movies)

    “ Father Unknown, which how a mother’s shame casts a shadow of silence and toxic secrets get passed from generation to generation, has been described in glowing terms: “deeply moving,” “beautiful,” “powerful,” “courageous, honest, unforgettable,” “compelling,” “amazing.”  The Huffington Post, February 2017

    Join your fellow members of the adoption communtity for an evening of film, pizza and socialising. The perfect start to your weekend!

    Link to trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM5sqkr4Mms

    Film length 69 minutes

    Link to website: https://www.fatherunknown.com/

    Map and directions here

    **Paid Parking is available at Bamboo Grove**


    • Monday, November 20, 2017
    • 19:00 - 20:30
    • Baby Buddies International Playgroup, 26 Leighton Road, 4 Floor Capital Commercial Building Causeway Bay


    The Waiting Family Group is an informal gathering aiming to bring together families who are currently in the process of adoption or who are exploring the possibility of adoption.

    This will be a time to share experiences as well as explore topics of interests

    These events are open to :

    • members and non-members of AFHK
    • families who are in the process of adoption or considering adoption
    • families who have completed the approval process and are waiting to be matched
    Participants can also choose to obtain a Certificate of Attendance for participation in this event. We hope this certificate may support an adoption application by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to learning about the needs of parenting a child through adoption. 

    For information on considering adoption in Hong Kong go to this link in our resources section on our website.


    https://www.afhk.org.hk/considering_adoption_in_HK


    • This meeting is FREE FOR CURRENT AFHK MEMBERS

    • 140HKD for non-members or lapsed members (or see below to join/renew and attend this event for FREE). Payment required in advance.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email us at contact@afhk.org.hk or call Teresa Lai at +852 9034 2701.

    等候領養家庭聚會(中文)

    AFHK 「等候領養家庭組」旨在凝聚1)正在等候領養孩子,以及2)正在積極考慮或籌備申請領養手續的家庭/人士,藉著非正式的聚會,分享申請領養的程序及經驗,以及等候領養的心情。

    我們誠意邀請以下的家庭/人士參加以下即將舉行之等候領養家庭聚會:

    • AFHK會員和非會員
    • 目前積極考慮/籌備/辦理申請領養孩子的家庭/人士
    • 其領養申請已穫批准,現正等候配對的家庭
    凡出席【等候領養家庭聚會】的人士,可選擇索取曾出席此項活動的証書。我們希望此証書能給與閣下一些幫助,在申請領養孩子的過程中,顯示你們為了尋找有關如何教養被領養孩子的需知,作好準備和不斷的學習。

    假如各下想多了解在本港申請領養孩子的一般手續及過程,請參考本會以下的網址 https://www.afhk.org.hk/considering_adoption_in_HK

    費用:

    AFHK會員:免費

    非AFHK會員/已過期會員:港幣140元(費用須在活動舉行前繳付) (如即時入會/續會可免費參加此活動)

    如對此聚會有任何疑問,可發電郵至 contact@afhk.org.hk 或致電+852 9034 2701與Teresa Lai聯絡。我們期待與你們見面!

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Past events

Monday, August 21, 2017 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Thursday, August 03, 2017 Building Connections: How Dads Can Strengthen Attachment and Facilitate Development
Friday, June 09, 2017 Developmental Trauma: Implications for Heart, Mind and Body
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Waiting Families Group Meeting - English
Sunday, June 04, 2017 Dim Sum Family Lunch
Friday, May 19, 2017 Monthly Discussion: Simplicity Parenting
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Adult Adoptee Panel
Monday, April 24, 2017 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Friday, March 17, 2017 Monthly Discussion: A Three-Step Approach for Improving Challenging Behavior
Monday, March 06, 2017 Waiting Families Group Meeting - English
Friday, February 24, 2017 Movie Night: Mother and Child
Friday, February 17, 2017 Monthly Discussion + Parent Support Meeting: Putting the Pieces Together: Building Connections Through Creating Life Stories
Thursday, January 12, 2017 Message in a Bottle: A Discussion on DNA Testing in Adoption
Monday, January 09, 2017 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Sunday, December 11, 2016 'Tis the Season for AFHK's Holiday Party
Thursday, November 17, 2016 What About Me? Supporting Siblings of Special/High Needs Children
Friday, October 28, 2016 Movie Night: Approved For Adoption
Monday, October 17, 2016 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Monday, October 03, 2016 Waiting Families Group Meeting - English
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Evening Talk: A Tool Kit for Self-Management - Executive Function by Virginia Spielmann
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Annual Family Picnic 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Monday, June 20, 2016 Waiting Families Group Meeting - English
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 How? When? Why? Talking About Adoption With Your Child
Friday, May 13, 2016 Monthly Discussion: It's Not About Me...Or Is It?
Friday, April 15, 2016 Monthly Discussion: Understanding the 7 Core Issues in Adoption
Monday, March 21, 2016 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Sunday, March 13, 2016 Single Parents Brunch
Friday, March 11, 2016 Monthly Discussion Plus Parent Support Meeting : Making Sense of Traumatic Stress in Children (Podcast)
Monday, March 07, 2016 Waiting Families Group Meeting
Friday, February 26, 2016 Friday Night at the Movies: Twinsters
Thursday, January 28, 2016 'Regulation' - What's the big deal?
Friday, January 15, 2016 Monthly Discussion: Sexting, Grooming, Chat Rooming: Protecting Cyber Children in the Digital Age
Sunday, December 13, 2015 The Fantastic and Fabulous Family Holiday Party
Monday, November 30, 2015 Waiting Families Gathering (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Friday, November 20, 2015 Friday Night at the Movies: The Drop Box
Friday, November 13, 2015 Monthly Discussion: Caring for the Caregiver: Keeping Ourselves Resilient and Hopeful...or Even Just Sane
Monday, November 09, 2015 Waiting Families Gathering
Friday, November 06, 2015 AFHK Volunteers Reunion 2015-2016
Friday, October 09, 2015 Monthly Discussion & Parent Support Meeting - Reframing Discipline: Dealing with Tantrums, Tensions, and Tears
Friday, October 02, 2015 Through Layers of Memory: Kids and Teens Art Workshops
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Growth and Grit: Promoting Children’s Persistence and Success Through Their Mindset
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Annual Family Picnic
Friday, August 21, 2015 Waiting Families Gathering (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Saturday, August 01, 2015 AFHK Meets at the Movies!
Monday, July 06, 2015 Waiting Families Gathering
Thursday, June 18, 2015 Single Parents Night Out
Friday, June 05, 2015 Monthly Discussion: What Adopted Teens Want Their Parents to Know (Podcast)
Friday, May 29, 2015 Friday Night at the Movies: Off and running
Friday, May 08, 2015 Monthly Discussion - Building Connections: Creating Secure Attachment and Healthy Minds Through Relationship and Play
Thursday, April 23, 2015 Look Who’s Talking: All About Child Language Development with Speech Language Therapists Miggie Shum and Zara Kan
Friday, April 17, 2015 Parent Support Meeting: Small Group Discussions on Topics of Parent's Choice
Monday, April 13, 2015 Waiting Families Gathering (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Friday, March 13, 2015 Monthly Discussion - The Giving : Understanding the Hearts and Experiences of Birth Mothers
Monday, March 09, 2015 Waiting Families Gathering
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Raising Resilient Children : Using Storybooks to promote social and emotional development
Friday, January 16, 2015 Monthly Discussion: ABCs and 123s for Managing Defiant and Disruptive Behaviours
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文) Waiting Families Gathering (Cantonese)
Saturday, December 06, 2014 The Fantastic and Fabulous Family Holiday Party
Monday, November 17, 2014 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Tenacious Love Found by an Adoptive Parent and Special Needs Child
Friday, November 14, 2014 Monthly Discussion Friday, Nov 14- Small Group Discussions on Topics of Parent's Choice
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 Waiting Families Gathering (English)
Thursday, October 23, 2014 TGIF Single Parents Night Out
Friday, October 10, 2014 Monthly Discussion - Talking About the Tough Stuff: Telling Children About Adoption and Other Parts of Their History
Friday, September 19, 2014 Monthly Discussion - Learning, Grades and Homework: What Lies Beneath in the Brain Development of Children with Early Life Stressors
Saturday, September 13, 2014 AFHK Annual Family Picnic
Monday, July 07, 2014 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文) Waiting Families Gathering (Chinese)
Monday, June 16, 2014 Waiting Families Gathering (English)
Friday, June 06, 2014 June Monthly Discussion - Ready, Set, Launch! Adoption and the College/Young Adult Years
Friday, May 30, 2014 Film Night and Discussion: Closure
Monday, May 19, 2014 Child Trafficking and International Adoption - A Discussion
Friday, May 09, 2014 Monthly Discussion - Raising Resilient and Self-Disciplined Kids
Friday, April 11, 2014 Parent Support Meeting - Small Group Discussions on Topics of Parents' Choice
Saturday, March 22, 2014 Beyond Consequences: Helping Children with Attachment Issues, Trauma, Emotion Regulation Difficulties and other Behavioral Challenges
Friday, March 14, 2014 Parent Support Meeting - Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Global and What it Means For Their Identity
Friday, February 28, 2014 Friday Film Night and Discussion: Emmanuel’s Gift
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 等候領養家庭聚會 Waiting Families Gathering (Chinese)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Evening Meeting Wednesday 12th February - Are You Sleeping? Why Children At All Ages (and Their Parents!) Often Sleep So Poorly, and What To Do About It!
Friday, January 17, 2014 Parent Support Meeting - Sensory Integration: How Exploration through our Senses Builds Brain and Body Harmony
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Waiting Families Gathering (English)
Friday, December 20, 2013 Single Parents "Thank God it’s Friday” Festive Get-together
Sunday, December 15, 2013 AFHK's Fantastic 20th Festive Holiday Party
Friday, November 22, 2013 Friday Film Night and Discussion: Resilience
Friday, November 15, 2013 Parent Support Meeting - All About Siblings
Thursday, November 07, 2013 20th Anniversary Annual Dinner
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Waiting Families Gathering (English) 等候領養家庭聚會
Monday, October 21, 2013 等候領養家庭聚會 Waiting Families Gathering (Cantonese)
Friday, October 11, 2013 AFHK Parent Support Meeting: Small Group Discusions on Topics of Parents' Choice
Saturday, September 21, 2013 AFHK Annual Family Picnic
Friday, September 13, 2013 Back to School: Handling Transitions, Teachers, and Tricky Assignments
Monday, July 29, 2013 AFHK Waiting Families Gathering
Monday, July 15, 2013 AFHK Waiting Families Gathering
Friday, June 07, 2013 AFHK Parent Support Mtg - Take a Breath: Brain-Based Strategies to Help Your Child Manage Emotion, Reduce Stress and Increase Optimism
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 AFHK Professionals Event: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Working with Families with Attachment Issues, Trauma, and Special Needs
Friday, May 31, 2013 Friday Night at the Movies: Somewhere Between
Sunday, May 26, 2013 AFHK Single Moms Beach Party Bash!
Friday, May 10, 2013 AFHK Monthly Parent Support Meeting: Stay Calm, Find Happiness, and Keep Your Sanity! Strategies to Regulate Emotions and Manage Anger in Your Family
Friday, April 12, 2013 AFHK Monthly Parent Support Meeting Bonding for Life Part II:
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 AFHK Waiting Families Gathering
Friday, March 15, 2013 AFHK Monthly Parent Support Meeting: Bonding for life, Walking the journey of attachment as a family
Friday, March 01, 2013 Friday Night at the Movies: First Person Plural
Friday, February 22, 2013 Virtual Seminar (Webinar) by Debbie Riley: Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens (presented online by C.A.S.E. in the U.S.)
Friday, January 18, 2013 AFHK Monthly Parent Support Meeting
Saturday, December 01, 2012 AFHK's Festive Holiday Party
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Book Talk: Lucky Girl, A Memoir by by Mei-Ling Hopgood
Friday, November 09, 2012 AFHK Monthly Parent Support Meeting
Friday, October 12, 2012 AFHK Monthly Parent Support Meeting
Friday, October 05, 2012 Friday Night at the Movies: WO AI NI MOMMY (I Love You, Mommy)
Friday, September 21, 2012 Employers' debriefing only: Adoption-Sensitivity Training for Domestic Helpers (for families whose helper was not able to attend the training)
Thursday, September 20, 2012 A Special AFHK Parent Support Meeting: Education and its Joys and Challenges for Children of Adoption
Thursday, September 20, 2012 Adoption-Sensitivity Training for Domestic Helpers and their Employers
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Annual Dinner and General Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Professional Case Consultation for Those Working with Adoptive or Foster Care Families, Children at Risk, and/or Children with Trauma or Loss
Friday, June 08, 2012 AFHK Monthly Parent Support Meeting
Friday, June 01, 2012 Friday Night at the Movies: In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Thursday, May 24, 2012 AFHK Book Talk: Jessica Lost
Friday, May 18, 2012 AFHK Monthly Parent Support Meeting
Saturday, May 12, 2012 AFHK Annual Picnic
Friday, April 20, 2012 AFHK Monthly Parent Support Meeting
Saturday, March 10, 2012 AFHK Teen Bowling Party
Friday, March 02, 2012 Friday Night at the Movies: Off and running
Saturday, December 03, 2011 AFHK's Festive Holiday Party
Thursday, November 03, 2011 AFHK Annual Dinner & AGM

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