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

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

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...