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PTO: Parents Teaching Others : Adoption (Sharing Infertility, Adoption and Transracial Experiences)

  • Pediatric Interactions 649 Barron Blvd Grayslake, IL 60030 (map)
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A parent series to empower caregivers with knowledge and strategies to share with their children's families and school.................

NO, This is not your typical “Bad Mom’s" PTO

Experts from the community will share information and resources with families and other caregivers on a variety of topics that will empower you.

Adoption (Sharing Infertility, Adoption and Transracial Experiences)

Expert: Pam Kavanaugh, Social Worker (learn more about Pam below)

When: Monday, February 11, 2019 from 6-7pm

Where: Pediatric Interactions: 649 Barron Blvd., Grayslake

Cost: FREE (but registration required)

Childcare: Available ($5/child or $10/family and registration also required)

Questions, Contact: Deanna Riggs (847) 223-7433 or email:

Save the Dates:

  • March 11- Parenting a child with anxiety (Dr. Amelia Justice)

  • April 8- IEP and parent’s rights (Pam Lebellarte)


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Pam Kavanagh, MSW, LCSW, practiced school social work for fifteen years, followed by medical social work. As a social worker, Pam has experience working with children who were adopted, were in the process of becoming adopted, and foster children with their perspective families.

In 2010, after years of attempting to become parents on their own and undergoing a string of fertility treatments, Pam and her husband John, began the journey toward adopting. The process was long and required a great deal of introspection, communication, and education. Pam and John were able to adopt Teagen in 2011 and Kye in 2013.

Parenting is an adventure. The learning never ends! Adoption is a part of what makes their family who they are. Pam and her husband John have shared their experience with prospective adoptive parents at The Cradle and with High School Students at an area school.