Mothers of children with HPS will gather for their third annual workshop Friday, March 8, 2019 at the 26th Annual HPS Network Conference. The HPS Network Conference will be held March 8 – 10, 2019 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, NY.

The Mother’s Workshop will begin at noon and run until 6:00 pm. Moms will have a chance to network with one another, talk about the importance of self care and share ways to cope with the many issues surrounding raising a child with HPS. “We have to take care of ourselves so we can be the best for our kids,”  says Becky Nieves, the mom of a daughter with HPS and HPS Network board member, “This is a place to network, and vent and learn with other moms who really do get it.”

Sheila Adamo, LCSW, CADC  will lead the workshop. Adamo is a licensed clinical social worker with an additional certification in alcohol and drug abuse counseling. She facilitates mothers’ workshops, discussion groups and teleconferences for parents of children with special needs. Sheila and her husband are raising 4 children, one of whom has albinism. Ms. Adamo has worked with many different populations in the mental health field. Her passion is working with parents to help them find the tools they need to be successful. Her company, Building Parent Connections, mission is to help parents build a strong authentic connection to themselves and others while raising a child with special needs. Building Parent Connections believes that providing consistent support, education and guidance throughout parenthood will empower parents to be stronger, happier and healthier individuals and parents.

The workshop will begin at noon, but we understand that some families will need to arrive later. Please feel free to join us when you arrive. Child care for the conference does not begin until 7:00 pm, so moms must make arrangements for their children during the workshop. Caretakers might want to take the kids to the hotel pool for a swim, or join the early conference getting-to-know-you sessions that begin at 3:00 pm.