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

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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


Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 8:00am to Friday, April 12, 2013 - 5:00pm


Student Union, UMass Amherst

Registration Info: 

Fees: 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

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