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New Worlds of Adoption: Contact Between Adoptive & Birth Families: What Works?

Event Dates: 
April 11 - April 12, 2013
Student Union
Event Time: 
8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Growing numbers of adoptions involve some form of contact between the child's adoptive family and birth relatives. This has become especially common in domestic infant adoptions, but it is also a key consideration in adoptions from the public child welfare system, and increasingly in international adoptions. This year's "New Worlds of Adoption" conference will highlight research-based practice and policy relating to contact between a child's birth and adoptive families. 

Topics include:

  • Clinical practice issues and mediation relating to contact
  • Contact issues in domestic infant, child welfare, and intercountry adoptions
  • Legal aspects of communication agreements between adoptive and birth parents
  • Research perspectives and findings relating to contact
  • The role of social media in searching and contact
  • First-hand accounts of young adults, adoptive parents, and birth parents involved in contact

Presenters include:

  • Marla Allisan
  • Susan Ayers-Lopez
  • Amanda Baden
  • Mary Beek
  • Judy Cockerton
  • Janie Cravens
  • Rachel Farr
  • Janice Goldwater
  • Harold Grotevant
  • Christopher Langelier
  • Ruth McRoy
  • Jenae Neiderhiser
  • Elsbeth Neil
  • Susan Ogden
  • Joyce Maguire Pavao
  • Adam Pertman
  • Susan Livingston Smith
  • Emma Ward
  • Gretchen Miller Wrobel

October 1 - Accepting Presentations and Posters Submissions

December 3 - Registration Opens

January 14 - Presentation and Poster Submissions Deadline


INCLUDES: Coffee and tea (morning) and lunch (noon)    Wi-Fi access will be available.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices increase by $35 after March 28th. Cancellations received before April 5th will receive a full refund, minus a $35 processing fee. There are no refunds for cancellations received after April 5th. Registration closes April 5th. Students rate is only available to full time students (ID required.) Senior rate 65+ (ID required.)

Both Days
General - $195
Student & Senior - $95

One Day 
General - $145
Student & Senior - $60

5 Social Work CEUs per day - $50 per day

MEXICAN FIESTA DINNER (Thursday Evening-optional)
$17.50 per person