Conference: New Worlds of Adoption - Helping Families Overcome Early Adversity

Event Details

April 11, 2014
8:30 am-5:00 pm

Campus Center Auditorium

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available

CONFERENCE WILL INCLUDE: Panel Discussions, Topical Concurrent Sessions, and Posters Displaying Research and Programs.

KEYNOTE: Dr. Philip Fisher, Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon

“Innovations and Best Practices: Helping Adoptive Families
Overcome Early Adversities”
Children who have experienced foster care and adoption often have early adverse experiences that impact their development and complicate effective parenting. Dr. Fisher will discuss the effects of early stressful experiences on children’s neurobiological and psychological development, highlighting the brain’s plasticity over the course of development in order to maximize the effectiveness of interventions. Perhaps nowhere is this more important than in the area of adoption, where there are still very few evidence-based interventions, where many adoptive parents struggle to find appropriate services that can meet the needs of their children and families, and where there is very little state or national legislation to guide the allocation of resources, or the type of support to be provided. This presentation will describe activities of our research group to address these issues, within the context of basic science, intervention, and public policy.
Facilitated discussion groups with focus on: Child Welfare/DCF Workers | Researchers | Clinicians | Adoptive and Foster Parents | Educators
These discussions will be co-facilitated by persons familiar with Dr. Fisher’s work and with the needs of adoptive parents and adopted children. The goal of the sessions will be to continue the discussion of the implications of Dr. Fisher’s work in very practical terms, and relating the discussion to the audience for that breakout. The goal of the afternoon groups will be to identify action items. How can people in the group take that knowledge back to their settings and use it? What concrete things could they do with the information?

To submit a poster presentation:

Scholarships available:


This conference is sponsored by The University of Massachusetts Amherst Departments of Psychology, Center for Neuroendocrine Studies, and The College of Education, The Rudd Adoption Research Program, Center for Research on Families (CRF), The College of Natural Sciences, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families.


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