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Rudd Adoption Research

The Rudd Adoption Research Program, one of CRF's long-standing and most vital partners, is a center of excellence within the UMass Amherst department of psychological and brain sciences. CRF and the Rudd Adoption program share many resources and a common home on the sixth floor of Tobin Hall. Dr. Harold Grotevant is the Rudd Family Foundation Endowed Chair in the psychology department. In this capacity, Dr. Grotevant leads the Rudd Adoption Research Program and guides collaborative efforts between the two research centers.

The goal of the Rudd Adoption Research Program is to establish UMass Amherst as the leader in state-of-the-art research on the psychology of adoption through conferences, workshops, graduate and postdoctoral training opportunities, and stimulation of research activities. Similar to CRF's multidisciplinary approach and its mission to mentor the next generation of researchers, the Rudd Adoption program strives to develop synergy among scientists from different academic contexts who share interests in the many topics relevant to adoption. Program activities provide evidence-based practice in adoption and research-based information to influence policy at agency, state, federal, and international levels.


Phil Fisher speaks at a Rudd Adoption Conference

New Worlds of Adoption Conference

The Rudd Adoption Research Program, in collaboration with the Center for Research on Families, holds an annual conference to illuminate new perspectives on adoption. The conference includes panel presentations by international scholars and is attended by professionals in the human services fields, students, social science researchers, other practitioners and community members.

Current Conferences

Stay tuned for information about the 2019 Rudd Summer Adoption Research Institute

Past Conferences

"New Worlds of Adoption: The Future of Adoption: Beyond Safety to Well-Being" – April 13, 2018

Rudd Summer Adoption Research Institute – May 21-26, 2017

"New Worlds of Adoption: Thriving on the Frontline" – May 13, 2016

"New Worlds of Adoption: Launching into Adulthood" – April 17, 2015

"New Worlds of Adoption: Helping Families Overcome Early Adversity" – April 11, 2014

"New Worlds of Adoption: Contact Between Adoptive & Birth Familes: What Works?" – April 11 &12, 2013

"New Worlds of Adoption: Navigating the Teen Years" – March 30, 2012

"New Worlds of Adoption: Research-Based Interventions Promoting Attachment" – April 8, 2011