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November 2018

“Making Miracles Happen” 7th Annual Gala!

November 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Once again we invite you to this most elegant event! Let us wine and dine you all in the beautiful surroundings of Café La Cave. Raffles, silent and live auctions, and of course, a dance or two. For tickets and sponsorships visit

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October 2018

Becoming a Transracial Adoptive Family

October 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

The seminar, led by Joanne Bratta, RN, BSN, MS, adoption professional and Executive Director of St. Mary’s Services, will lead a panel discussion to teach how transracial adoptive families get to experience the joy of parenting in their own special way. Transracial families will share their experiences, and help parents learn how to…

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September 2018

Mental Health and Your Adopted Child

September 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

Dr. Michael Maniacci, a licensed clinical psychologist and published author, will discuss Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and symptoms of each. He also will talk about the role that nature and nurture play in mental illness.

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“Salute to Families” 1st Annual Golf Outing!

September 11, 2018
Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling,IL60090United States
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Join us on this beautiful course to honor this special day. Registration, bag drop & lunch begin at 12:00 PM, followed by an “Honor” Ceremony, with special guests from Wheeling’s fire and police departments, and a shotgun start will be at 1:30 PM. Awards buffet dinner will follow at 6:30 PM. Raffles, Prizes,…

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August 2018

Night of Intuition with Mel Doerr

August 29, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Keebovet, 832 E Rand Rd. Suite 17
Mt. Prospect,IL60056United States

Let professional intuitive, Mel Doerr, guide you through exercises that will enhance your intuitive development, deepen your spirituality, enrich your personal power, and activate your own premonition and precognition. In addition, Mel will answer three questions you might have about a dilemma, forthcoming event, or past life influences. For questions or to reserve…

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Effects of Prenatal Substance Exposure on the Developing Fetus and Managing Behaviors

August 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

Dr. Dan Griffith, licensed clinical pediatric psychologist, will speak about the effects prenatal substance and alcohol exposure have on the developing child as well as managing children’s behaviors at different developmental stages.

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July 2018

Birth and Adoptive Families Panel

July 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

Listen to a panel of birth families and adoptive parents who currently are participating in adoptions that range in levels of openness. Topics will include discussion of the emotions involved in placing a child and the grieving process that birth parents experience. Adoptive parents will share stories of their relationships with birth parents,…

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June 2018

Legal Considerations for Adoption

June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Services, 510 N. Plum Grove Rd.
Palatine,IL60067United States

Genie Miller Gillespie, adoption attorney, will provide adoptive families with an overview of the legal process regarding adoption. She also will share information and considerations that adoptive families should know throughout their adoption journey, including insights about legalities regarding the actual adoption process.

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December 2017

Children’s Christmas Party 2017

December 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Another great day filled with cookies, crafts, cocoa, and Santa Claus! The children’s Christmas party is one of the staff’s favorite events; we LOVE every chance we get to spend time with our families. We enjoy seeing all the kids play with one another, receiving presents from Santa, and fostering life-long friendships. As…

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November 2017

Making Miracles Happen 2017

November 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thank you Cafe La Cave for another great year celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month. We couldn’t have pulled off the night without our wonderful sponsors; Marie Tortoriello, Baxter Credit Union, Merrill Lynch, Park Ridge Community Bank, Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy, Ltd., Dr. Warren & Lori Pierce, Northwestern Mutual, Sue A. & James…

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