Blog Post for Parents of Transracial Adoption

Through his life experiences, humor, and profound reflection, Kevin D. Hofmann answers the questions of interest about the impact of being raised in a transracial home from the unique point of view of a male adoptee.

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Workshops & Training

Parent Support Group

3rd Tuesday of each month
Healing Hearts Family Counseling Center, LLC
1268 W Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI

Institute of Heart Math®

The Institute of Heart Math® is an internationally recognized non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions, and build energy and resilience for happy, healthy lives. Heart Math® tools, technology, and training teach people to rely on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with their minds at home, school, work and play.

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National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. NCTSN offers online courses with free CEU's.

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Heart of the Matters Seminars

Heart of the Matters Seminars provides professional development opportunites for educators who work with at-risk children.

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Adoption Learning Partners

Adoption Learning Partners offers online courses for parents and professionals working with adoptees to provide information and training in a way that is both convenient and timely. Professionals are able to obtain Continuing Education Credits through online courses.

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The Theraplay® Institute

The Theraplay® Institute has been helping parents build better relationships with their children for over 40 years. We understand that adopted and foster children often need a different kind of parenting, and that these parenting skills may not just come naturally to even the best parent. Our experts understand the neurological and developmental issues that might be challenging your child, and they will give you specific ideas and techniques to help you bring joy, fun and laughter back home to your family.

Handwriting Tutoring and Assessment
Pathways to Learning

Pathways to Learning

Handwriting Without Tears® uses engaging techniques that help improve a child's self-confidence, pencil grip, and body awareness skills. Multisensory techniques and consistent habits for letter formation to help all children learn handwriting - from preschool through cursive.


Neurofeedback has been shown to be helpful with Autism, ADHD, Attachment Disorder, ataxia, Seizure Disorder, migraines, traumatic brain injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, mood lability, learning disabilites, Cerebral Palsy and many other disorders. It is now increasingly recognized as related to timing faults in the brain.


The Center for Family Development

Website for author and researcher, Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman. Dr. Becker-Weidman specializes in the treatment of children with attachment issues.

Children's Research Triangle

Website for Dr. Ira Chasnoff, leading researcher for Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The staff at Children's Research Triangle is committed to improve the quality of life for all children with special needs or those who are at risk for developmental, behavioral, psychological or educational problems

Wisconsin Family Ties

Website dedicated to help families with children and adolescents facing emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues children and adolescents.

Family Support & Resource Center

Family Support & Resource Center provides in-home and community support to families in Dane County (WI) who are raising children with significant disabilities at home. FSRC's services include Family Support and Community Inclusion.

Healing Horsemanship Foundation

Healing Horsemanship provides therapy in a natural setting with horse-assisted activities to provide powerful tools for building self-esteem, self-awareness, appropriate boundaries and a sense of responsibility. Equine Assisted Learning programs extend well-beyond the limits of learning horsemanship skills into the realm of learning life skills. Equine Facilitated Family Therapy is a systems focused, strenght-based form of psychotherapy provided by Nikki Cohen-Wichner, LMFT (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist) with the assistance of her animal colleagues.

Villa Santa Maria Residential Treatment Facility

Villa Santa Maria is a residential community specializing in the clinical treatment of children and families of children who are suffering from attachment disorders. The staff at Villa Santa Maria hold the philosophy that the core of effective treatment is based on child centered and family focused intervention and support. Their clinical model is deeply rooted in attachment theory, and emphasizes trust and relationships, not just behavioral.

New Vision Wilderness

New Vision Wilderness (NVW) is an effective and exciting alternative for struggling teens, young adults, and their families, and is the premiere wilderness therapy intervention. They have the highest clinical intensity in the industry and are consistently challenging the national therapy frontier. New Vision is the home of cutting-edge trauma-informed care and wilderness intervention.

Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute

Svetlana Masgutova Education Instutute's goal is to help you understand the difference between automatic motor reflexes and learned motor reflexes, the role of simple to more complex automatic motor reflexes in establishing a solid developmental foundation, and how reflexes work to automatically regulate each of our bodies under normal conditions in reaction to normal stress, or traumatic situations. This basic information can help you better understand why primary motor reflex patterns (sometimes referred to as primitive reflexes or infant reflexes), in particular, play such a big roll in maturation, development, and normal life function.

McFarland Family Chiropractic Clinic

In addition to their other services, McFarland Family Chiropractic offers the Functional Analysis Chiropractic Technique. This technique focuses on detecting and correcting breathing inefficiencies as well as gait, and walking patterns. Back to Action also specializes in helping to improve conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADD/ADHD, epilepsy, MS, Parkinson's, IBS, Autism, Sensory Integration, Neuro-emotional disorders, mood disorders, and many others.

Isthmus Wellness

Isthmus Acupuncture uses a holistic approach to healing and offers many varied services including, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Essential Oils, Infrared Sauna, among others. Isthmus Acupuncture also specializes in treating conditions such as, Asthma, Allergies, Digestive problems, Male and Female Infertility, Menopause, Neurological Disorders, Pain Management, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

New Horizons Vision Therapy Center

New Horizons Vision Therapy Center specializes in issues relating to reading, writing, and learning. They also offer visual rehabilitation for special needs, such as, developmental delays, and autism spectrum disorders. New Horizons also offer visual rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury, stroke, head injury, whiplash cerebral palsy, and MS, in addition to Optometric Phototherapy and Primitive Reflex Integration for infants.

Roger's Memorial Hospital

Healing Hearts has worked closely with Rogers Memorial Hospital when our clients have needed hospitalization. We have an ongoing relationship with Rogers and use Rogers as our first choice for placement. A child recently said, "They actually made me work there!"



Teresa L. Roetter

Theresa L. Roetter is a Fellow in both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. In 2009 and 2008 Theresa was named a Family Law "Super Lawyer" in a statewide review, and is consistently listed as one of the best adoption attorneys by Madison Magazine.

Theresa L. Roetter, Attorney at Law
211 S. Paterson St.
Suite 340
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 251-6700
(608) 251-6725 (fax)

Special Education and School Law

Lawrence J. Altman, Esq.

Mr. Altman's practice concentrates on assisting children with special needs, who qualify for services under federal law known as IDEA, and those children needing assistance via federal 504 legislation.

Lawrence J. Altman, Attorney at Law
621 N. Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 862-0200
(314) 862-3050 (fax)