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 Conception/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

A panel of domestic adoption professionals will provide an overview of the adoption process and insights into how people make the many decisions along the way. Specific topics include how to choose an agency, the home study, the costs involved, and the range of openness in adoptions today. Also, the panel members will discuss the different players in the field including traditional in-state adoption agencies, 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.  Speaker: Mary M. Ward, LICSW, Adoption Development & Licensing Supervisor

12:30pm – 1:30pm


Lunch will be provided. If you prefer, a list of area restaurants will also be available.

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: Parents 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.