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Community Engagement

Rudd Family Visiting Professorship

The Rudd Adoption Research Program proudly announces the introduction of the Rudd Family Visiting Professorship. Through exciting new initiative The Rudd Adoption Research Program will bring nationally-recognized speakers with expertise in adoption research to UMass Amherst for a week-long series of meetings, talks, and consultations.

Learn more about the Rudd Family Visiting Professorship

Adoption Mentoring Partnership

In response to a call from the community for specialized post-adoption services, the Adoption Mentoring Partnership emerged from a collaboration between Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County, the Rudd Adoption Research Program at UMass Amherst, the Adoption Journeys program, the Amherst Regional School District, and the Psychological Services Center at UMass Amherst to create a unique support system for adopted children in Amherst and the surrounding communities.

Learn more about the Adoption Mentoring Partnership

UMass Adopted Student Advisory Panel

The mission of the UMass Adopted Student Advisory Panel (ASAP) is to advise professionals and non-professionals in the field of adoption about how to best support those who are adopted and their families.  In addition, the group engages in adoption related advocacy by raising awareness on campus about the lived experience of those who are adopted. 

Learn more about the Adopted Student Advisory Panel (ASAP)

Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America

The Re-envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) Initiative seeks to change the culture and practice of how we perceive and support children and youth in the public foster care system in the Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin County region of Western Massachusetts

Learn more about REFCA

In continuing to fulfill the Rudd Adoption Research Program's goals of connecting the community with researchers and policymakers, we have begun The Voices Project, in which we interview leading researchers, practitioners, doctors, professors, and clinicians in the field of adoption, and publish their responses here.

Learn more about the Voices Project


External Resources

The following links are provided for your information and reflect diverse viewpoints. Listing of these sites does not reflect an endorsement by our project staff or institution; nor can we verify or confirm the accuracy of information in sites maintained by persons not affiliated with our project.

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Resources in Massachusetts