Conferences and Other Lectures

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

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

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