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Conference 2015

Launching into Adulthood

Friday, April 17 2015 | 8am-5pm

This year's "New Worlds of Adoption" Conference highlighted the strengths and resilience of adopted persons as they move into adulthood.


Ann Masten, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, highlighted research on resilience in development with a focus on transitions to adulthood. Dr. Masten was joined by three adult adoptees who are now in significant professional positions serving the adoption community:

  • Astrid Dabbeni, Executive Director of Adoption Mosaic, Portland, OR
  • Judith Eckerle, M.D., Pediatrician and Director of the Adoption Medicine Program at the University of Minnesota
  • Quade French, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow, Counseling Center, University of California Santa Cruz

Afternoon presenters included:

Katy Andres, Susan Branco Alvarado, Amanda Baden, Kathleen Belanger, Astrid (Castro) Dabbeni, Judith Eckerle, Rachel Farr, Chris Langelier, Thomas May, Ruth McRoy, mentors from the Adoption Mentoring Partnership, Joyce Maguire Pavao, Dawn Post, Nathan Ross, Deborah Siegel, Amy Walkner and Samantha Wilson.

The conference also included:

Panel discussions, topical concurrent sessions, and posters displaying research and programs. Social work CEUs and psychology CEs were available.

Open to the Public | Disable Access Available