Adoption Connect and Learn Seminar

Offered via Webinar

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.

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Spring 2020 Seminar Schedule

Workshop schedule is subject to change.

June 4, 2020

Session 1: Domestic Adoption

An experienced domestic adoption professional 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 speakers 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.  Speaker: Betsy Hochberg, LICSW, Director, Adoption Resources 

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 June 22, 2020, 7pm

Session 2: Adoption from Foster Care

This session will provide an overview of the process of adopting through the foster care system, including how it differs from other types of adoption, requirements of prospective parents, who the waiting children are, and the support services available to families. Speaker: Jodi Waddell, LICSW, Clinical Supervisor, Bright Futures Adoption Center

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June 20, 2020, 1pm

Session 3: Psychosocial Issues in Adoption, Donor Conception and Surrogacy

Led by two mental health professionals — one specializing in adoption and the other in infertility and third-party family-building — this session will focus on the emotional challenges of adoption and third-party reproduction. Ethical issues, secrecy vs. privacy, and how/when to talk with your child(ren) and others about the family story. Speakers: Alicia Abdella, LICSW, therapist, private practice and Debra Olshever, MA, co-founder, Adoption Associates 

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