Kansas City Pre-teen Group: April 21st

The Pre-Teen/Teen Group is coming to Kansas City!
Where: Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Drive, Lenexa, KS 66227
When: April 21, 2018

Who is invited?

Pre-teen group:  Any internationally or domestically adopted pre-teens adopted through any agency or from foster care between the ages of 8 to 12.

Teen group:  Any internationally or domestically adopted teens adopted through any agency or from foster care between the ages of 13 to 17.

Why attend?

• Make new friends
• Develop relationships with trusted adults who are adoptees or work in the field of international adoption
• Enhance self-confidence and self-identity
• Participate in group activities to learn strategies and techniques for handling adopted-related questions
• Ask questions in a welcoming, safe environment
• Get a better a better sense of who they are

Cost per participant

The fee is $25 per participant. The fee includes registration, facilitator fee, activities, and arts and crafts.

If you need a scholarship for your pre-teen/teen to attend, contact our Development Department.

Dates, Times

April 21, 2018

Pre-teen group:  9AM – Noon

Teen group:  1PM – 3PM


We are here to serve you. Email LSS Staff or call us at 918-749-4600.

FREE Online Adoption Book Club

We are very excited that Dillon International will be offering an online book club for pre and post adoptive families. This club will be in an online format meeting once a month on the second Tuesday evening of each month, starting March 2018 to introduce the group format and give the first reading assignment.

We decided to create this group because books are a great way to bring together people with common interests to share ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. We have all been in the situation where we have just finished a great book which has raised thoughts and questions, and really want to “process” the contents, but did not have anybody else to share those thoughts with. Especially when reading adoption related material, there is so much to process. We may find that having a safe place to discuss the reading will enhance each participant’s learning experience. There will also be an adoption professional on each call to help facilitate and to offer additional resources if needed.

Our hope is that this group will bring together people with various roles in adoption and of different life stages. And that this will allow for the group to offer different perspectives as we partner through different adoption related material. We hope to focus on each participant learning from the reading, as well as from others within the group.

With families living all over the US we have decided to open this book club in an online format. We will give each participant a call-in number for a once a month discussion. We will keep the monthly reading to less than 30 pages, as we know that each family does not have a lot of free time for reading.

Each participant will purchase his/her own copy (or borrow it from a library or friend) and attend each call ready to share thoughts and hear the opinions of others. The first book that the group will be discussing is The Whole-Brain Child, 12 Revolutionary strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D..









To register for this book club and receive the call-in information, please fill out the registration below:

Parent Support and Solutions

At first, the idea of participating in a therapeutic support group may sound intimidating, but many parents are surprised by the positive, helpful experience. When a family faces challenges, parents can be confused and feel alone. Adoptive parent groups fill the gaps for those looking for resources, support and a safe place to talk. Experiences are normalized and feelings of distress decrease.

This free group meets to offer supportive listening and education on parenting children who joined their family by adoption. All are welcome to attend, both before or after your child arrives home. Each meeting begins with an education segment and guided discussion. The education will focus on understanding how adoption may affect your family throughout everyone’s lives, and the life stages/events when adoption issues are most likely to resurface.

This is a safe place to share your challenges and successes. The meetings are led by professional counselors and follow group guidelines. Privacy and confidentiality of group members are respected.

Come meet with a group of people who care about how you and your children are doing.

When: Second Thursday of each month

Where: Dillon Office, 7335 South Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK

Time:  7:00 – 8:30 PM

Cost:  FREE

Contact: Karin Price, LCSW  918-749-4600


Step Out, Take a Risk

by Karin Price, MSW, LCSW

I was a freshman in college, recently moved to the United States, and learning to do things the “American way”.  Living overseas for most of my life put me at a cultural disadvantage. I was in the grocery store checkout line, watching the woman in front of me so I would know the “acceptable” checkout process. The woman in front of me was  about my age, had the same amount of groceries and when she handed the store clerk her check to pay, the clerk asked her for ID.  Then it was my turn. I handed the clerk my check and ID.  The clerk said, “I don’t need to see your ID.” I knew something wasn’t right so, I said in a matter of fact voice, “Ma’am, if you needed to check hers, you also need to check mine.”  The clerk’s face flushed with embarrassment while the woman, in front of me, turned, smiled and nodded a “Thank you”. The woman in front of me was African American. I am white.

As a young adult, I believed, “If I challenge injustice things will change.” I continue to oppose injustice. When we challenge injustice it makes a difference.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Explore these questions:

  1. How often do I look at my own attitudes to determine if they contribute or combat injustice?
  2. Do my children see my commitment to social justice?

Entering into 2018

In 1885, Amy Carmichael moved to India to care for vulnerable children.

Twenty years later, a tragic accident left Amy confined to her room. She continued to live in India, writing letters and books until she passed away in 1951.

Recently, I read one of her books where she asks and answers whether the work she did was good enough, especially to God.

“As so often, our little children can help us. We all know what kind of ducks and cows and elephants and giraffes they draw, and that extraordinary people, and what curious flowers. Sometimes we cannot recognize them, all unless they write underneath , duck, cows  and so on. And yet when they bring them to us we are pleased – well-pleased. We see their love, their eagerness, their wish to please us.  As we enter the New Year let us make our prayer:  Now God of peace….make us perfect in every good work…that which is well pleasing in your sight.”

Bringing the Gift of Education

Starting the school year for us here in the United States is filled with supply shopping, backpack stuffing, and the long dreaded new wake-up call routine.  Then before we know it the first day of school arrives, a photo is taken and your child races off to their classroom or to their new school area in the house.  In the middle of the back to school chaos we sometimes forget what a gift education really is for our children.  There are so many around the world who do not have the option to go to school.

Dillon has always had a heart and a vision to help children, families, and communities in the countries in which we work.  Working in partnership with Vietnam for over 10 years, Dillon has been able to purchase books, uniforms, and cover tuition for around 400 students each year.  This partnership was created out of a vision that education is planting the seed for future economic growth and working toward family sustainability.  One young woman expressed her thankfulness for the scholarships she received because since her parents died, she has been able to support her siblings.  Dillon continues to pursue the goal of keeping families together and empowering children to reach their full potential.

We have seen huge success with the Vietnam education sponsorship program.  Many students who received a scholarship in this program have gone on to gain their college degrees and promising careers, allowing for each of those graduates to be able to pay for their own children to attend school.  All it takes is for one drop of investment to create a ripple effect of change through generations.

As the new school year begins in Vietnam, we are hoping you will be able partner with us in helping as many children in Vietnam as we can this school year.  The cost to cover one child’s tuition, books, and uniform is $100.  Whether you are able to cover multiple children, one child or partial scholarship of a child, each donation will make a huge impact.