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Hillside Adoption Competency Certificate The individuals below earned the Adoption Competency Certificate, participating in a minimum of 48 hours of adoption competency training presented by Adoption Resource Network at Hillside Children's Center and The Learning Institute, Hillside Family of Agencies.




Adoption Competency Certificate Program

An understanding of the core issues of adoption is critical to providing a competent continuum of care for families formed by foster care, kinship, guardianship or adoption.

Hillside’s Learning Institute and Adoption Resource Network Adoption Competency Certificate Program provides training for:

  • Social workers

  • Mental health professionals

  • Schools counselors

  • Birth parents of children who were adopted

  • Adoptive or pre-adoptive parents

  • Adults who were adopted


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AdoptMent Volunteers Needed

Adoption Resource Network at Hillside is looking for a few adults who were adopted to volunteer for the AdoptMent program.

AdoptMent matches adult adoptees with teens who are somewhere in the adoption process. AdoptMent youth and adults meet as a group and individually for one hour a week from September until June. Training and support are provided. If you might be interested, please call or email Mike Finn at Adoption Resource Network, 585-350-2502,

Training Resources for Foster/Adoptive Families - details

The Center for Development of Human Services is pleased to announce exciting training opportunities for foster/adoptive parents.  

This fall we will continue to offer training using iLinc, a distance learning program that uses the Internet to connect instructors and learners. These workshop offerings will be “synchronous,” meaning that the instructor and learners will all be online at the same time.

Birth Parent Loss & Grief  - Article by Patricia Roles MSW
"Inducement: The Language of Adoption" - Article


19th Annual Adoption Resource Network at Hillside Children's Center

Conference on Adoption and Foster Care

Saturday, November 4, 2010


All meeting will be held at 100 Metro Park, Suite 102 - Conference Room Rochester NY, 14623. Contact  for further information

Adoption Information meetings:

Monday, October 5, from 6 pm to 8 pm

Monday, November 9, from 6pm to 8 pm

Monday, December 7, from 6 pm to 8 pm


Foster Care Information Meetings
2nd Thursday of each month at Hillside Children’s Center
Cotter Building, 1337 East Main St, Rochester, NY
654-4421 For Schedule - Bev Tomaszewski

ASAP Post-Adoption Support Group Meetings

Erie County
4th Thursday of each month
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Childcare Provided
Call (716) 848-6412 for details
Monroe County

Support Group Meeting - 100 Metro Park, Suite 102, Rochester, NY

last Wednesday of the month

9:00-11:00 AM

call 752-9947 for reservations

Support Group Meeting - Cotter Building 1337 East Main Street, Rochester, NY
2nd Saturday of each month
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Childcare Provided
  • Reservations are requested at (585) 752-9947
    Niagara County
    2nd Thursday of each month
    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Childcare Provided
    Call (716) 848-6412 for details

    Abroad & Back Parenting
    (11.5 hour training for prospective adoptive parents, with a focus on International and infant adoption)
      - 350-2501
    Welcome Home Baby Care Class
    (4 hour infant/toddler training, with a focus on attachment, transitions, travel)
    Call (585)  350-2501 for details


    (An Adoption Mentor program which matches adults who were adopted and/or in foster care with youth who are freed for adoption or in the process of being adopted)

    Meeting weekly at Hillside Children’s Center

    Adults who are interested in becoming mentors should contact Mike Finn at

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    Search Resources
    • Are you an Adoptee, Birth Parent, or Adoptive Parent searching for a family member? 
    • Are you interested in finding birth family but unsure of where to start or how to go about your search? 
    • Come to our Search Support Group meeting.  Meet others who are searching. 
    • Learn how to go about your search.  With help and support, you can have a successful search.
    Adoption Resource Network
    100 Metro Park, Suite 102
    Rochester NY 14623
    (Metro Park is across from MCC, the Hurlburt Nursing Home is on the corner. As you enter Metro Park from East Henrietta Rd, we are the second bldg on the right, the HONEYWELL bldg., which is in big red letters on the front. The parking lot is on the side and enter by the front door and we are the first door on the right.


    When: 7 PM to 9 PM - the first Wednesday of each month. 

    Info:  Contact Cecelia Spinelli  for more information at (585) 350-2501 or


    For more information on adoption, contact  Lisa Maynard at: or by phone at 585-350-2500.