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.
Childcare will be offered in four blocks, covering the major session slots of the conference (times may adjust slightly as the conference nears):
Block #1: Friday afternoon; 1:30 - 3:45 PM
Block #2: Saturday morning; 8:45 - 11:30 PM
Block #3: Saturday afternoon; 1:30-4:15 PM
Block #4: Sunday morning; 8:30AM-12:00PM
Childcare will only be open during these times; parents can check in between each session.
Staffing: The youth room will be staffed by parents in rotating shifts, supplemented by adoptee mentor volunteers. Parents utilizing the childcare room are expected to work one of the blocks. Adult adoptees as well as young adult and older teen adoptees are invited to volunteer to play, assist, and forge connections with the youngest members of our community.
Program: Though this time will be pretty informal, we will offer a number of activity stations, such as Korean language children's videos and cartoons (Pororo, etc.), a toy station with play mat and age appropriate toys, and a crafts table with activities for little artists' hands. We may work in other activities as opportunities arise.
Other requirements: At each drop off, parents will be asked to sign in with their cell phone number and the room name/session they are attending. We ask parents utilizing childcare to sit in the back row of each session so that we can find you easilt if your child needs you. While volunteers will escort potty-trained children to the restrooms, they will need to retrieve parents for other bathroom trips, diaper changes, boo-boos, separation anxiety, peer conflicts, and other everyday childhood distresses that emerge.
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.