Delaware Valley Adoption Council





                                                 DVAC
Meeting Schedule - DVAC
10 AM to 12:30, or 1 PM for CEU sessions.  
Unless otherwise noted all meetings are at
Montgomery County Children & Youth Offices at 
1430 Dekalb Pike, Norristown, PA 19404

Meetings are held on the 
3rd Thursday of the month.
(Occasionally there are exceptions to the 3rd Thursday 
schedule so please check the specific meeting date)

Special Matching Event for September




Delaware Valley Adoption Council 2016 Schedule of Events

June 2016 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.om) Date to be determined

Ages and Stages of Adoption
Presenter: Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center
3 Nasw CEUs pending ($15 NASW members, $25 non-members)
This training will help participants learn how to discuss adoption with adopted children at each developmental stage.  Additional information to follow.

Summer 2016

There will be no DVAC trainings in July and August. Have a restorative and energizing summer!



Fall 2016


DVAC Annual Matching Event: September 2016

Details TBD.


September 16, 2016 (10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Child Welfare County Panel and Q&A

Presenters: Panel of County Staff

NO CEUs

An interactive exchange between County supervisors and program directors and attendees. This panel will provide specific county insight regarding the impact of new legislation implemented in 2015 and 2016, relevant child welfare legislation, SWAN services, county needs, and more. Affiliates and mental health professionals should be prepared with questions to ask of County personnel, with the goal to improve cross-provider communication and the quality of service rendered to clients.

Please feel free to bring a packed lunch.


October 20, 2016 (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Ethics and Social Media

Presenter: Chirstina Gigler, LCSW, ACSW and Dr. Phyllis Black (Marywood University)

3 ETHICS CEUs pending

This training will focus on the ethics of social media. Additional details to follow.

Please feel free to bring a packed lunch.


November 17, 2016 (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Resource/Adoptive Parent Support Groups – Rescheduled from April 2016

Presenter: Joni Mantell, LCSW

2 NASW CEUs approved ($15 NASW members, $25 non-members)

This training is appropriate for therapists, child welfare professionals, and direct care staff.

In this training, participants will learn the top benefits of support groups for adoptive families. They will also learn how to start the group and develop group cohesiveness and identity, as well as learn techniques to manage group dynamics. Participants will understand the special issues for social workers leading agency-based adoption support groups and identify the most important topics to cover with each cohort including pre-adoptive parents, adoptive parents, children, teens, and birth parents.