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Program

8:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1) - University of Massachusetts Amherst

9:00

Welcome and Introductions

Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1)

 

Keynote

"Ordinary Magic on the Developmental Road to Resilience"
Presenter: Dr. Ann Masten, University of Minnesota

10:15

Break

10:30

Panel Discussion

"Adopted Adults: Intersecting Personal and Professional Worlds"

Panelists:

  • Astrid (Castro) 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

11:30

Lunch, Announcements, Award Presentations

12.00

Poster Session, Book Sale

1:15

Breakout Session One

Breakout Session topics are listed below. Read the presentations descriptionsRead presenter biographies.

  • Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1):
    Talking to Young Adults About Being Adopted | by Joyce Maguire Pavao
  • Room 162 (Level 1): 
    Adoption Disclosure: The Impact of Late Discovery of Adoption on Adult Adoptees | by Amanda Baden, Elliotte Harrington, Doug Shadel, Ron Morgan, Lauren Spinella & Nicole Christian
  • Room 165 (Level 1): 
    Are You Still My Family?: Policy and Practice Around Post-Adoption Sibling Visitation | by Dawn Post & Sarah McCarthy
  • Room 908 (Level 9):
    Emerging Adulthood in Open Adoption | by Deborah Siegel 
    and
    Predictors of Adoptive Family Relationships During Emerging Adulthood | by Amy Walkner
  • Room 917 (Level 9): 
    African American Adopted Children Launching Into Adulthood: Experiences in a Rural Faith-Based Community Setting | by Ruth McRoy & Kathleen Belanger

2:15

Break/Walk to Next Session

2:30

Breakout Session Two

  • Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1):
    Emerging Adult Adopted Persons and Their Families: Counseling a Diverse and Underserved Group | by Susan Branco Alvarado & Joy Lieberthal Rho
  • Room 162 (Level 1): 
    Genetic Testing: What are the Risks, Potential Gains, and Continued Unknowns in the Context of Medical Decision Making for Adult Adoptees? | by Thomas May and Samantha Wilson
  • Room 165 (Level 1):
    Early Adversity, Challenging Behaviors, and Learning Difficulties: What Can Your Friendly MD Do To Help? | by Judith Eckerle
  • Room 908 (Level 9):
    The Role of Siblings in Adoptive Family Dynamics -- Adoption Communication, Adoptive Identity, and Developmental Outcomes | by Rachel Farr
  • Room 917 (Level 9):
    Navigating Access to Higher Education | by Chris Langelier & Katy Andres

3:30

Break/Walk to Next Session

3:45

Breakout Session Three

  • Campus Center Auditorium (Level 1):
    Transitioning from Adolescence to Young Adulthood: Experiences with Racial and Adoption Microaggressions | by Amanda Baden, Ellen Pinderhughes, Lauren Spinella & Andrew Kitchen
  • Room 162 (Level 1):
    Speak Out Team Development and Youth Advocacy | by Kim Stevens 
  • Room 165 (Level 1):
    Breaking Bread with the ENTIRE Adoption Constellation | by Astrid (Castro) Dabbeni
  • Room 908 (Level 9):
    Are we Adequately Preparing Adoption Professionals to Work with Young Adult Adoptees? | by Bibiana Koh, Ruth McRoy & JaeRan Kim. 
  • Room 917 (Level 9):
    The Adoption Mentoring Partnership: Mentors Speak Out about Getting to College and What They've Learned as Mentors | Moderator: Karin Garber. Panelists: Michael Abbate, Samantha Calabrese, Tim Dillon & Elena Faltas.

4:45

Performance by the UMass Acapella Group, The Dynamics, Posters and Book Sale

5:30

End