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Upcoming Events

    • Friday, January 17, 2020
    • 12:30 - 14:00
    • Community Church, 1/F, J+ Building, 35-45B Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, HK
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    Finding motivation can be challenging for adults, let alone for youngsters who come from hard beginnings in life. Consequences and criticism tend to damage relationships and inevitably lose their impact. Goals, behaviour contracts, and rewards seem to fade just as quickly. So what works best? At this discussion, Educational Consultant Rick Smith and Psychologist Ann Bridgewater will highlight strategies which are most effective in leading children and teens to making better decisions, using their time more effectively, and managing the intense emotions of pre-adolescence and adolescence. This discussion will stay grounded in Science of Social Connection that emphasises the importance a caring interpersonal relationship as a prerequisite for child and adolescent well-being. Key points will include:

    • Why motivational issues may be particularly challenging for some kids with trauma, attachment issues, prenatal exposure to substances, or other special needs
    • The importance of “mattering” for developing independence and maturity.
    • The short and long-term effects of positive, neutral and negative comments on learning outcomes.
    • How to give children and teens feedback without demotivating them for trying.      

    Rick Smith, Ed.D., is an educational consultant who uses a broad range of psychological interventions to help demotivated teens gain greater control of their lives. Rick specialises in working with youngsters to manage anxiety, trauma, and relationship difficulties.  Rick has certification as a parenting-coordinator for families in conflict or facing life transitions. Rick has over 20 years experience and holds a Masters (USA) and a Doctorate from The University of Bath, UK. He has published a reading strategies book (STOP reading), an iOS App, and is completing a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) with specialisations in the childhood OCD spectrum and adolescent anxiety disorders.

    Ann Bridgewater, MSc Clin Psych, holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After practicing Occupational Therapy for over 15 years specializing in pediatrics, she subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Ann has worked extensively with children, adolescents and their families in hospital, private clinical and school settings. She has experience with a wide range of developmental difficulties. Ann works with families to address their children’s challenges, and provides psycho-educational assessments for children and adolescents.

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

    • Please arrive to check-in at 12:20; meeting is from 12:30 to 2:00 pm
    • Seating is limited, registration and payment are required in advance.
    • FREE FOR MEMBERS
    • 95HKD for non-members or lapsed members (or click here to join/renew your membership and attend this event for FREE).
    • You are welcome to bring your own lunch and beverage.

    Participants may opt to receive a Certificate of Attendance which will note your participation and the topic of this meeting. We hope this may support an adoption or foster application by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to learning about the needs of parenting a child through adoption or fostering. The certificate will cost HKD30 and be emailed directly to you after you attend the meeting.

    Map to Community Church Hong Kong

    • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • TBC
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    This event is open to all parents and caregivers, waiting and prospective parents, adult adoptees, professionals and students.

    • Please arrive to check-in at 18.50; meeting is from 19:00 to 21:00 pm
    • Seating is limited, registration and payment are required in advance.
    • 95HKD for AFHK members
    • 145HKD for non-members or lapsed members (or click here to join/renew your membership and attend this event for FREE).

    Participants may opt to receive a Certificate of Attendance which will note your participation and the topic of this meeting. We hope this may support an adoption or foster application by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to learning about the needs of parenting a child through adoption or fostering. The certificate will cost HKD30 and be emailed directly to you after you attend the meeting.

Past events

Thursday, December 05, 2019 Foster Parent Support Group
Sunday, November 24, 2019 Holiday Dimsum Lunch
Sunday, November 24, 2019 Online Auction for prints from Gabby Malpas
Friday, November 22, 2019 Podcast Discussion: Practical Tips for Helping Kids De-Escalate
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Virtual Meeting - Foster Parent Support Group
Monday, November 11, 2019 CANCELLED: Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Monday, November 04, 2019 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Friday, October 25, 2019 Back to School Talk #2: How Adopted Children Fare at School
Friday, October 18, 2019 Movie Night: The Hanji Box
Thursday, October 17, 2019 Virtual Meeting - Foster Parent Support Group
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Back To School Talk #1: How to Interface with Schools to Support Kids with Social-Emotional Issues
Monday, September 09, 2019 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Thursday, September 05, 2019 Foster Parent Support Group
Thursday, August 22, 2019 NEW DATE - Dads-Only Talk - Breaking the Parenting Cycle: Understanding the Impact Our Parents Have on Our Parenting, and How We Can Do It Differently
Wednesday, August 07, 2019 CANCELLED: Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Monday, June 17, 2019 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Friday, May 24, 2019 Monthly Discussion: Understanding Sensory Processing in Development
Sunday, May 05, 2019 May Dimsum Lunch
Friday, April 26, 2019 Movie Night: Three Identical Strangers
Monday, April 15, 2019 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Documentary: In Utero
Friday, February 22, 2019 Monthly Discussion + Parent Support Meeting: Adoption Through the Developmental Stages
Thursday, January 17, 2019 Panel Discussion: The 7 Core Issues in Adoption
Monday, January 14, 2019 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Sunday, December 09, 2018 Holiday Dimsum Lunch
Monday, December 03, 2018 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Thursday, November 15, 2018 CANCELLED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED: SURVIVING & THRIVING: Maintaining a Healthy, Resilient Partnership in the Midst of Parenting Challenges
Thursday, November 01, 2018 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Friday, October 26, 2018 Monthly Discussion + Parent Support Meeting: What is Therapeutic Parenting: Going Beyond Traditional Parenting Approaches to Meet a Child's Needs
Friday, October 05, 2018 Movie Night: Lion
Thursday, September 20, 2018 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Back to School Talk: Navigating Challenges in Peer Relationships with Laura Cowan
Saturday, September 08, 2018 CANCELLED: Annual Family Picnic 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Thursday, August 02, 2018 How Dads Can Make a Difference: Supporting Kids in Self-Regulation
Friday, June 22, 2018 Movie Night: Twin Sisters & Meet Me on the Bridge
Friday, June 08, 2018 Developmental Trauma Workshop 2018: The Impact of Adverse Experiences & What We Can Do About It
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Dim Sum Family Lunch
Monday, May 14, 2018 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Friday, May 11, 2018 Monthly Discussion + Parent Support Meeting: I Know How You Feel: Cultivating Empathy in Children and Ourselves
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 Silent Auction for tickets to Kooza by Cirque du Soleil!
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Panel & Discussion: The Primal Wound
Friday, April 13, 2018 TGIF Single Parents Night Out
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Friday, March 16, 2018 Monthly Discussion: Understanding, Connecting, and Calming the Wild and Wooly Worry Beast
Friday, March 09, 2018 Movie Night: He Even Has Your Eyes
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Evening Talk: What Not to Say to an Adoptee
Sunday, December 10, 2017 AFHK's Holiday Party
Monday, November 27, 2017 Waiting Families Group Meeting (Cantonese) 等候領養家庭聚會 (中文)
Friday, November 17, 2017 Monthly Discussion + Parent Support Meeting: Let's Talk About Sex
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 Waiting and Newly Adoptive Families Meeting - English
Friday, October 20, 2017 Monthly Discussion: akaDAN: An Adoptee's Journey to Search for His Birth Family
Friday, October 13, 2017 Movie Night: Father Unknown
Thursday, September 21, 2017 Evening Talk: Language of Learning by Rick Smith
Saturday, September 16, 2017 Annual Family Picnic 2017
Monday, September 04, 2017 Waiting Families Group Meeting - English
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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