YOUTH & CHILDCARE PROGRAMS
Description & Goals
KAAN's childcare program is a drop-in/drop-off option for select blocks of time during our conference. We want to support families (both adoptive families and families headed by adult adoptees) with young children ages 3-7 wishing to attend the conference. (Seven-year-olds are also eligible for the youth program.) We introduce children to adult adoptee role models and provide adult and older teen adoptees an opportunity to serve as mentors. This program also builds community within the younger children and their families. Due to the reduced costs, we required shared parental volunteer hours as support staff for this program.
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Our goal is for youth to have a safe, positive experience as members of the adoption community. Adult adoptees, parents, a former camp director, and licensed therapists all play a role in the planning. About 25 youth (ages 7-17) register for KAAN each year. Most are adoptees. Siblings and children of adoptees attend as well. We are excited to have Sejong Cultural Education, Inc coordinate our youth/childcare programs.
Social and family-oriented activities are offered. Youth participate with their parents or under their supervision.
Group-building activities and an off-site field trip (consent form required) with Asian-American chaperones help create a sense of belonging. Dinner with parents and an optional chaperoned evening activity are planned.
After breakfasting with parents, youth follow the same on-site schedule as everyone else, with sessions designed just for them.
Costs of this program are covered with registration fee.