The Miami-Dade County Foster & Adoptive Parent Association will host a “Post Adoption Support Summit” on Saturday for parents with adopted children. The meeting will discuss support services available to both the parents and the children, as well as the entire family. This includes a new tax subsidy that gives parents up to $13,000 for each child adopted starting in 2005.

Discussions will also center on how to improve parenting skills, especially as the children get older. Other topics of discussion will include how to deal with defiant teens, runaways or those who turn to drugs.

Help will be offered for children turning 18 and getting ready for college and looking for scholarships.

According to a statement from the association, in the past parents who adopted a child were led to believe they were alone after the adoption. But there are support groups, such as the association, and support services to help them through their parenting years.

Speakers at the “summit” will include Trudie Poole of the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Other speakers will come from the association, as well as Outward Bound, South Florida Behavioral Health Network Inc., Citrus Mental Health, Families in Need of Services, Florida State Foster & Adoptive Parent Association and Broward Foster & Adoptive Parent Association. 

Organizers said informational booths will be set up by The Parent Academy, the LGBT Group, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Teen Dating, Switchboard of Miami, The Children’s Trust, and the Family Faith and Children Coalition.

Representatives will be present from the Department of Children and Families and Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe.

Childcare will also be provided for children aged 4-12 in the museum while their parents attend the meeting which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Coral Gables.

­­The cost to attend the session is $5 and reservations may be made by calling 305-469-1157 or 305-308-5881.