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Virtual Conference 2020-2021


Adopted Adults: Connections Across Generations


Our program committee has been hard at work developing 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 with the vision of the virtual conference. 

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

The fall 2020 portion of the program, Adopted and Fostered Adults and their Families: Intergenerational Relationships and Community Connections, will feature a dynamic group of speakers with a broad range of backgrounds. Throughout the fall, sessions will include presentations, dialogues, opportunities for networking through break-out sessions, and visual performances. The series will kick-off with a session hosted by Dr. Hollee McGinnis, conference program chair and assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, which will host a dialogue featuring Susan Cox, Vice President, Policy & External Affairs at Holt International, and recipient of this year’s Rudd Adoption Program Life Achievement Award. Susan will be discussing the creation and sustenance of community connections with Hollee McGinnis, our Program Chair, who herself is a researcher, clinician, and community builder. They will be joined by two young adult adoptees, Alex Gilbert and Grace O’Neil, who are themselves building the adoption community in new and innovative ways. 


Access to the content will be shared as they are released and can be found in the "program" section to the left.


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