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Virtual Conference 2020-2021


Adopted Adults: Connections Across Generations


Our program committee worked together with our many expert speakers to develop a re-imagined virtual version of the Rudd Adoption Research Program conference. We are committed to sharing the valuable content of the previously planned in-person program and are excited to share the vision of the virtual conference. 

The program, Adopted Adults: Connections Across Generations, spans the 2020-21 academic year and features both personal and professional insights that are shaping the future of adoption research, drawing heavily on the insights and work of adult adoptees themselves. 

New release: Spring 2021 - Session 1, Authorizing our own pathways and counterspaces of resilience and healing: Navigating adoption and other displacements in Adulthood

This live session will focus on navigating adulthood and constructing a sense of identity. We'll be speaking with Dr. Gina Samuels from the University of Chicago about developing an adult identity that incorporates adoption as well as the other important aspects of one's life. We also have sessions on topics such as genetic testing for adoptees both for health purposes and for searching and clinical approaches to working with adopted adults. Dr. Samuels will be joined by fellow adoption researchers April Curtis and Tim Monti-Wohlpart who will provide insight on the keynote based on their years of experience improving adoption advocacy by influencing policy and legislature. 


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Through the generosity of our presenters and sponsors, there is no fee for attending.