Adoption Connect & Learn Seminar

Saturday, April 9, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Wellesley College Club, 727 Washington St., Wellesley, MA

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Program Overview

“Adoption is complex.  This broad overview helps us know where to begin and how to organize our research.  This was a helpful start.”

This one-day Saturday program will guide you through the maze of adoption issues and options. You will be able to gather information from top adoption professionals in one place, and you will have the opportunity to speak with others making the same kinds of decisions to form their families and also speak with those who are currently parenting children through adoption.

Registration Fees

Pay for one Connect & Learn Seminar and attend sessions from BOTH Donor Egg/Surrogacy and Adoption Connect & Learn Seminars on the same day! Click here for more information about the Donor Egg/Surrogacy Connect & Learn Seminar.

  • RNE Members: $100/individual, $175/couple
  • Non-Members: $135/individual, $260/couple
  • Financial assistance is available and you can apply for full and half scholarships right from the online registration form.

Winter/Spring 2016 Seminar Schedule

Workshop schedule is subject to change.

9:00am – 11:00am

Session 1: Domestic Adoption

An overview of the adoption process, and insights on how people make the many decisions along the way. A panel of New England domestic adoption professionals will cover how to choose an agency, the home study, costs, and the range of openness in adoptions today. There will be an overview of the different players in the field including traditional in-state agency adoptions, out-of-state agencies, attorneys, facilitators, and state departments of social services that help identify children and their birth parents looking to make an adoption plan. The panel will conclude with Q&A.  Speakers:  Marla Allisan, JD, LICSW, Director, Full Circle Adoptions; Betsy Hochberg, LICSW, Director, Adoption Resources; Dale Eldridge, LICSW, BCDCoordinator, Adoption Choices

 11:15am – 12:30pm

Session 2: Adoption from Foster Care

An overview of the foster care system and the adoption process.

Speakers: Mary M. Ward, LICSW, Supervisor, MA Department of Children and Families

12:30pm – 1:30pm


You are welcome to bring your own lunch. A list of local restaurants and places to pick up food will also be provided.

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Session 3: International Adoption

An overview of the differences between domestic and international adoption. An international adoption specialist will provide an in-depth discussion about the process of international adoption and the latest information on the international adoption reforms. Q&A will follow. Speaker: Ava Sarafan, LICSW, Wide Horizons for Children

 2:45pm – 4:30pm

Session 4: Parent Panel

This session will be a panel discussion with parents who have recently adopted. The panel will share their stories and lessons learned along the way.