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Virtual Conference 2020-2021


Adopted Adults: Connections Across Generations


Our program committee has been hard at work developing a re-imagined virtual version of the Rudd Adoption Research Program conference. We are committed to sharing the valuable content of the previously planned in-person program and are excited to share with the vision of the virtual conference. 

The program, Adopted Adults: Connections Across Generations, spans the 2020-21 academic year and features both personal and professional insights that are shaping the future of adoption research, drawing heavily on the insights and work of adult adoptees themselves. 

New release: Fall 2020 Session 3: Clinical Approaches -- Growing Up Adopted 

In this session Rudd Adoption Program Committee Chair, Dr. Hollee McGinnis serves as moderator and provides the distinct perspective of an adult adoptee and adoption researcher. Dr. McGinnis is joined by Glenn Moreya Korean adoptee, who shares two short clips from his project Side by SideThe filming of 100 first-person narratives of adoption and aging out of Korean orphanages focuses on the themes of growing up adopted and search for birth family. Mental health professionals Dr. Amanda Baden, associate professor in the department of counseling and educational leadership at Montclair State University, and Dr. Susan Branco, licensed professional counselor, who work with adoptees engage with the filmmaker and moderator to think about: 
  • How are adult adoptees and foster alumni narratives valuable for professionals?
  • What are the roles of the arts in healing?
  • What can the arts teach clinicians about how to help clients?

Register here to receive the Side by Side video clips. Thanks to the generosity of our speakers and sponsors, there is no charge to register.


Access to previous sessions can be found in the "program" section to the left.


Through the generosity of our presenters and sponsors, there is no fee for attending.