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2020 Rudd Adoption Research Program Conference


CANCELED: 2020 Rudd Adoption Research Program Conference


FUTURE OF ADOPTION: Adopted Adults - Connections Across Generations


In light of the current circumstances surrounding travel restrictions and Coronavirus (COVID-19),  we regret to inform you that our April 17th conference has been canceled. This decision was made keeping in mind that this situation is dynamic and rapidly changing but we must prioritize the health and well-being of our presenters, registrants and wider campus community.


All registrations for the conference will be automatically canceled, and full refunds will be issued without penalty or fees. You are not required to contact us to cancel your registration. Refunds will be issued in the  method in which payment was received. Please understand that it will take some time for our event staff to process all the reimbursements and we are grateful for your patience. If you have already completed a registration, please check your email for further information about the cancellation.


April 17, 2020 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This year's conference topic will focus on the lifespan of adoptees with special consideration given to adult adoptees and their many connections across generations. The 2020 conference be marked with the many exciting signs of progress both with our program and within the world of adoption studies.

PROGRAM CHAIR - Dr. Hollee McGinnis

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new position for the conference planning committee.  Dr. Hollee McGinnis, assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the school of social work will serve in the inaugural role of Program Chair.  Hollee’s work is based on her interest in adoption, children’s mental health and well-being, child welfare and alternative care systems. Her research broadly examines the social and cultural determinants of children’s mental health and well-being, with a specific focus on improving outcomes across the lifespan for children with histories of early childhood adversity.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Dr. Gina E. Miranda Samuels
Dr. Gina E. Miranda Samuels is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. Her scholarship explores processes of identity, belonging, relational (im)permanence, ambiguous loss, and the effects of chronic displacements from one’s experience of family and home among youth and young adults with histories of foster care, homelessness, and/or transracial adoption.  Prior to her academic career, Dr. Miranda Samuels was a child welfare caseworker, a juvenile probation agent, and also a clinician with youth under court supervision for violent offenses. The keynote address, "Authorizing our own pathways and counterspaces of resilience and healing:  Navigating adoption and other displacements in Adulthood" will discuss the complex ways in which adopted adults must forge pathways to relationships that are supportive and healing.
The event will include panel discussions, a poster session, break-out sessions and time for networking with colleagues old and new.

Please enjoy our Past Conference Archive, which includes videos, PowerPoint presentations and much more. A number of the presentations from the conference were revised for inclusion in our special Rudd Publication Series on The Future of Adoption. Please visit The Future of Adoption Series to download for your use and broad distribution. We hope you will find them useful in your work.

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The Rudd Adoption Research Program is proud to partner with the following sponsors to bring you the Rudd Adoption Research Conference.