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Check out the below videos from our 2014 Adoption Conference, or watch all of our videos on YouTube.


"Helping Adoptive Families Overcome Early Adversities" by Dr. Philip Fisher,
University of Oregon.


Many decades of research on children who have experienced early life adversity (e.g., abuse, neglect, and extreme poverty) has led to a solid scientific knowledge base about risk and resiliency. It has also led to an array of evidence-based programs that have been shown to positively impact life-course outcomes for these children and their families. However, in many areas of prevention and intervention, only modest effect sizes have been obtained. There is a pressing need 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.


Chair: Nancy Solow, Social Worker, Adoption Journeys
Panel: Alan Lawton-Singer, Karen Green, Margo Chapski & Carmel Steger.


Adoptive parents talk about their personal experiences, successes, and challenges with adoption.