Places We Will Be

The Ties Program staff & Speakers Bureau often speak at culture camps, adoption conferences and events. We look forward to meeting you at one of these many venues:

Teens and Tweens: What I Would Tell You if I Could Find the Words*Adoption Teens Tweens
An interactive workshop for parents of international adoptees, adult adoptees and adoption professionals. (material is very sensitive and geared to adults)

Would you like this workshop presented closer to where you live? If so, please email to let us know.

Teens and Tweens* Workshops:

St. Cloud, MN
Saturday, April 26, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Cloud State University
Centennial Hall, Room 350
Campus Map (Park in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp)
To register for the St. Cloud workshop, email

Central Illinois                                       
Saturday, May 3, 2014
First Christian Church
100 N Jackson St., Clinton, IL
Light Lunch 11:30-12:30
Workshop 12:30-2:30
Parking is available across the street from the church.
To register for the Central IL workshop:  click here.

Chicago–Downers Grove
Saturday, May 17
1-3 p.m.
St Paul’s United Church of Christ
5739 Dunham Road, Downers Grove, IL
To register for the Downers Grove workshop, click here.

*Workshop Information

If you are raising a tween or teen, chances are they are holding back. This workshop will help you hear teens and tweens thoughts on:

  • Fitting in
  • Relationships with their birth & adoptive families
  • Adoptee loyalty
  • Poverty
  • Understanding their background
  • Why…the ever present question
  • Abandonment issues and Insecurities
  • Control issues
  • Self Worth
  • Hope

A unique and interactive workshop. You will hear and experience the thoughts of international adoptees….the “restricted information” shared openly and honestly. We will also provide suggestions to help you create a strategy that will strengthen the relationship with your child.

Cost: no charge. However, a freewill donation will be accepted for The Gift of Identity Fund. Suggested donation: $10 per person

RSVP required: If you’d like to attend either workshop, please RSVP to to say you are coming. Seats are limited and we want to be sure everyone is comfortable.


Places We’ve Been Recently

Sunday, March 23, 2014
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Steinhafels Community Room (conveniently off I-94)
W231 N1013 County Highway F
Waukesha, WI

Denver (Between Denver and Boulder) 
Thursday, March 13, 2014
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Front Range Community College
3645 West 112th Ave.
Westminster, CO

San Francisco Bay Area 
Friday, February 21, 2014
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
465 Fairchild Dr. Ste 215
Mountain View, CA
Hosted by Bay Area Adoption Services

St. Paul, MN
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave.
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Sally Ankerfelt, an adoption coach with GIFT Family Services, will co- present the St. Paul workshop.

Madison, WI
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
MATC West Campus, 302 S. Gammon Road, Room 110
9 am – 11:40 am
Sponsored by Families Through Korean Adoption-Madison and Families with Children From China-Madison, who have graciously opened this workshop to internationally adoptive families.

August 30- Sept. 2, 2013
Chinese Colorado Camps for Adoptive Families
Fraser, CO 

August 14-16, 2013
Global Consultation of Child Welfare Services
Manila, Philippines

July 29- August 2, 2013
La Semana

Lakeville, MN

July 25-28, 2013
REECA Colorado Camps for Adoptive Families
Fraser, CO 

July 18-21, 2013
Cambodian Colorado Camps for Adoptive Families
Fraser, CO 

July 18-21, 2013
Vietnamese Colorado Camps for Adoptive Families
Estes Park, CO

July 18-21, 2013
Midwest I-child Heritage Camp

Green Lake , WI

July 19-21, 2013
Ukrainian Adoption Annual Soyuzivka Reunion
Kerhonkson, NY

July 11-14, 2013
India Colorado Camps for Adoptive Families
Snow Mountain Ranch, CO

July 1-5
Camp Choson
Camp Lakamaga
near Forest Lake, MN

June 27-30, 2013
Latin American Colorado Camps for Adoptive Families
Fraser, CO

June 20-23, 2013
African Caribbean Colorado Camps for Adoptive Families
Colorado Heights University
Denver, CO 

June 13-16, 2013
Korea Colorado Camps for Adoptive Families
Fraser, CO 

May 31-June 2, 2013 
Celebration of Nations: Adoptive Family
YMCA Camp Minikani
Hubertus, WI

May 20, 2013
I-FACE (Indiana Families for Adoption Community and Education)

April 13, 2013
Windsor Public Library
Windsor, CT

April 27, 2013
LAAF Festival
La Casa Experanza
Waukesha, WI

March 15 -17, 2013
NW I-Child Heritage Weekend
Lynnwood, WA

March 9, 2013
CAAFA Conference
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

To see where we were in 2012, see Places We Were 2012

To see where we were in 2011, see Places we Were 2011

To see where we were in 2010, see Places We’ve Been 2010

To see where we were in 2009, see Places We’ve Been 2009

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