Adoption and Foster Care Events and Conferences
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Adoption Talking CircleMarch 24, 2017
Our Talking Circle is not a therapy group; instead it is a place for adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents to speak freely, share ideas and learn from one another. We believe the IAC Talking Circle will be a wonderful source of information, interaction and interconnectedness. This group is for any adult member of the adoption constellation.
Please join us for the IAC Center Adoption Talking Circle on Friday, March 24th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at our Pennington office. To ensure adequate space and seating, please RSVP to: email@example.com
DATE TIME 03/24/2017 07:00 pm 09/03/2017 12:00 pm
A chance to connect with others whose lives have been touched by adoption.
Counselor Susan Merkel, MSW, LSW
(609) 694-6065 (Phone)
2017 Autism New Jersey – Transition ConferenceMay 01, 2017
Back by popular demand, Autism New Jersey is proud to once again offer a conference tailored specifically to the concerns of families with children from 10 to 25 years of age. This specialized event provides caregivers and professionals with up-to-date information pertaining to this critical time in the life of an individual with autism. Careful planning to navigate the changes from school to the adult service system is necessary, and thousands rely on Autism New Jersey’s assistance to do so.
DATE TIME 05/01/2017 All Day 05/01/2017 All Day
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Woodbridge New Jersey
Family Building Options and the Role of the Clinician: Adoption, Surrogacy and Artificial Reproductive TechnologyMay 02, 2017
The path to family building options in the 21st century are vast. Social workers play a major role in this family building process. This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to individuals and families at any stage of family building through adoption, surrogacy or other Artificial Reproductive Technologies (ART) options. It will increase attendee’s knowledge base on the intersection of specific issues (e.g. alternatives to parenthood, multi-racial and multi-transcultural families, special needs and older child adoption, open adoption, advocacy, the Internet and clinical treatment options).
Participants will be able to:
* Define at least one specific way to increase quality of care to the adoption and ART communities through attendance at plenary and focused workshops.
* Grasp current major best practice interventions and support models in the ART field.
* Identify and explore practice ideas that support knowledge advancement for the field, in order to best improve ART outcomes.
DATE TIME 05/02/2017 All Day 05/02/2017 All Day
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Kathy Ann Brodsky LCSW (Moderator)
NYU Silver School of Social Work Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
(212) 998-5973 (Phone)
24th Annual National Foster Care ConferenceMay 03, 2017
“FOOTSTEPS TO THE FUTURE”
Exploring Best Practices and Innovations in Foster Care and Adoption
You can attend workshops and discussions addressing the critical issues that affect young people, families and those who serve them, and the actions that lead to results.
DATE TIME 05/03/2017 All Day 05/05/2017 All Day
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
100 North Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Denise Rice LCSW LAC
(800) 226-7612 (Phone)
The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) is inviting adoption support group leaders to apply to attend a free three-day parent leadership and advocacy training in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 5-7, 2017. Funded by Jockey Being Family® as part of NACAC’s Community Champions Network program, the training will be available to a limited number of leaders of new or existing parent support groups. Each parent support group must apply to send two attendees—one a new or emerging leader who has not previously attended a NACAC parent leadership training and the other an experienced leader (who may have previously attended a NACAC conference or leadership training). You must apply in teams of two with each attendee completing an application and noting their team member’s name.
At this event, parent leaders from all over the U.S. and Canada will come together to learn leadership skills, advocacy strategies, and expand their capacities. Among the topics covered will be:
•developing leadership and advocacy networks
•supporting adoptive parents online and in-person
•enhancing group operations
•advocating for post-adoption services
•the effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on children and adoptive and foster parents
To apply, visit:
DATE TIME 05/05/2017 All Day 05/07/2017 All Day
2017 Law & Disability Issues ConferenceMay 09, 2017
A FREE CONFERENCE
Everyone is invited to attend the Bar Foundation’s annual Law & Disability Issues Conference. The conference is planned and presented by the Community Health Law Project.
Deadline for registration is May 2, 2017.
DATE TIME 05/09/2017 All Day 05/09/2017 All Day
New Jersey Law Center
One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Erika Kerber Esq
Elizabeth A Scannella Esq
John Sarno Esq.
(973) 275-1175 (Phone)
The intersection of family, identity and culture is central to adoption, foster care and kinship care. These issues are transformative. Generally acknowledged is the significant impact on children. This cannot be minimized, but there is an evolving understanding of how adoption, foster care and kinship care impact the identity and the understanding of family and culture for all involved.
This year’s 28th Annual New York Foster Care and Adoption Conference will explore these issues and their impact on all who are, knowingly or not, part of adoption, foster care and kinship care: adoptive parents, foster parents, relative caregivers, siblings, extended family, professionals, educators, service providers and, most especially, the children.
DATE TIME 05/11/2017 02:00 pm 05/13/2017 01:45 pm
189 Wolf Road
Jelani Freeman Esq
Kim E. Stevens MEd
Ruth G. McRoy MSW. PhD
Susan Harris O'Connor MSW
2017 Adoptive Family & Youth Training SeminarMay 19, 2017
Each year featured speakers along with numerous workshop presenters provide quality training opportunities for over 200 parents and adoption professionals. The Ties That Bind is truly a family-centered event as adoptive parents are invited and encouraged to bring their children (including infants and medically fragile) with them to the seminar. Activities are provided for children of all ages free of charge. In addition, a teen seminar designed specifically for adopted teens and preteens provides structured activities designed to provide enrichment, support, and motivation for adopted youth.
The Ties That Bind is coordinated and organized by Family Matters Consulting and funded through contract with the Georgia Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration Unit. This conference is open to adoptive families and their children; prospective adoptive parents (i.e. those seriously considering adopting, in the process of adopting, and foster-to-adopt parents.)
DATE TIME 05/19/2017 All Day 05/21/2017 All Day
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
201 Aberdeen Parkway
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(470) 777-2202 (Phone)
This workshop is for families who have or are planning to adopt a child. Some adoption agencies will accept this workshop as credit toward the home study requirements. Certificates will be issued upon request.
In this workshop you will learn:
How to create a safe family atmosphere in which adoption can be openly discussed
What children think about adoption at different ages and stages of development
What issues are really hard for children to deal with and what issues are actually harder for the parents
Communication tools for talking to your child and answering his or her questions
How to help your child deal with peer or school issues.
DATE TIME 06/04/2017 01:00 pm 09/03/2017 04:00 pm
Joni Mantell LCSW
(609) 737-8750 (Phone)
A ONE-DAY CONFERENCE
Designed with the practitioner in mind, this conference will provide social workers and allied professionals with a dynamic learning opportunity on the topic of racial disparities. Through expert presentations and meaningful discussions, attendees will leave with new knowledge and skills to address racial disparity issues in their practice with clients, organizations, and communities.Breakout Workshops1) Addressing Racism within Substance Abuse Treatment Programs2) Children and Race: The Influence of Social Workers on Future Generations3) From Cultural Sensitivity to Cultural Competence: Working with the Latino Client4) Intercultural Themes of Social Work: A Clinical View5) Multicultural Perspectives on Eating Disorders6) Targeting Racial Disparities in Achievement: School-Wide Approaches Focused on Social-Emotional and Character Development7) The Relationship Between Race and Trauma: Race-Based Traumatic Stress8) Unpacking the Unintentional, Unconscious Expressions of Racism in Clinical Practice*Special $69 rate, 5 CEUs, Lunch IncludedTime: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
DATE TIME 06/07/2017 All Day 06/07/2017 All Day
Bush Campus Center
Piscataway, New Jersey Middlesex
Dr. Carl Hart
Dr. Nancy Boyd Franklin
Dr. Gloria Lopez-Henriquez
(848) 932-8758 (Phone)
Join us for an outstanding three days of learning, featuring compelling Keynote Speakers, cutting-edge Plenary Panels, a variety of Workshops presented by national and international experts, and a closing Networking Luncheon. Enjoy all that the beautiful University of Pennsylvania campus has to offer while attending One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare, the nation’s premiere multidisciplinary conference geared for child welfare practitioners, policy makers and administrators alike. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is serving as Lead Community Sponsor of the conference, to be held at the beautiful and historic University of Pennsylvania Law School.
DATE TIME 06/07/2017 All Day 06/09/2017 All Day
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street
(215) 573-9779 (Phone)
19 Global Intergenerational ConferenceJune 13, 2017
Are you ready to get #AgeAmped? Whether you are a first-time participant or a seasoned attendee of Generations United’s Global Intergenerational Conference, this year’s gathering in Milwaukee is sure to have something just for you! Here are just a few of the reasons to get excited about the only conference for professionals who are focused on intergenerational programs, policies, and practices.
Key topic include: Technology Linking Generations, Intergenerational Communities, Grandfamilies & Kinship Care, Lifelong Learning & Education, Health & Wellness and so much more!
DATE TIME 06/13/2017 All Day 06/16/2017 All Day
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 West Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
National Council For Adoption 2017 ConferenceJune 21, 2017
National Council For Adoption is excited to announce the schedule for the 2017 National Adoption Conference! Get ready to learn and grow! Moving Mountains for Children is NCFA’s adoption professional oriented conference that will explore new research and best ethical practices related to adoption from foster care, domestic infant adoption, intercountry adoption, and adoption advocacy.
DATE TIME 06/21/2017 All Day 06/23/2017 All Day
Sheraton Denver West
360 Union Boulevard
Lakewood , Colorado 80228
Dr. Ken Doka - Opening Keynote on Loss and Grief
‘Big and Bright’ – Deep in the Heart of Texas
The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) in partnership with the Texas Foster Family Association (TFFA) are pleased to present this education conference.
The annual NFPA convention is a gathering of foster, adoptive, and kinship parents, along with child welfare professionals from across the country. It includes three days of educational workshops and keynote sessions. Parents can earn up to (TBD) training hours.
DATE TIME 06/21/2017 All Day 06/24/2017 All Day
Marriott Westchase Hotel
2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston , Texas 77042
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) ConferenceJune 29, 2017
2-Day Intensive Training
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an empirically validated approach for working with mental health, chemical dependency, and complex co-morbidity. Designed to empower clients to establish mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness, DBT assists clinicians in treating clients with emotional problems, suicidal, self-harm, and self-sabotaging urges and behaviors, and challenging interpersonal styles.
• Use DBT flexibly, creatively and effectively
• Make this complex model work for a variety of clients
• Integrate DBT skills into individual and group therapy
• Take home many client resources and worksheets
• Practice streamlined diary cards and chain analysis protocols
DATE TIME 06/29/2017 All Day 06/30/2017 All Day
Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
199 Smith Road
Jean Eich PsyD LP
(800) 844-8260 (Phone)
43rd NACAC’s Annual ConferenceJuly 19, 2017
The NACAC conference – the most comprehensive adoption conference in North America – will feature more than 80 workshops by expert professionals and parents addressing a wide variety of foster care and adoption topics, including: older child adoption; parenting children with challenges; preparing for adoption; race, culture & diversity; post-adoption services; advocacy & public policy; recruitment & pre-adoption services; adoption agency management; search & open adoption; therapeutic techniques for children who have experienced trauma.
DATE TIME 07/19/2017 12:30 am 07/22/2017 05:00 pm
Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel
(651) 644-3036 (Phone)
15th Biennial Conference –September 08, 2017
The 2017 conference, Implementing Evidence-Supported Services for Children and Families, will focus on expanding professional knowledge and understanding of strategies for selecting, funding, supporting, and creating the conditions to effectively implement and sustain evidence-supported services for the purpose of achieving socially significant outcomes that meet the needs of children and families.
The conference will provide a forum for professionals to discuss and learn about what it takes to effectively implement and scale evidence-supported practices on the national, state and local level.
DATE TIME 09/08/2017 All Day 09/08/2017 All Day
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
201 Village Blvd.
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Allison Metz Ph.D
Esther Deblinger Ph.D.
(848) 932-7315 (Phone)
2017 Lifespan Respite Conference: Take Off With Respite!October 11, 2017
The Alabama Lifespan Respite Network, in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, will host the 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Huntsville, AL, October 11-13, 2017. The conference will be preceded by the Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium for grantees and partners only on October 11, 2017.
The theme for the conference, Take Off with Respite, is not only a nod to the incredible history of the space industry in Huntsville, AL, also known as Rocket City USA, but also reflects the mission of respite care services. To take off is to move forward quickly, rise to meet challenges, heighten awareness, and push innovation. This phrase can also mean to take a break, relax and rejuvenate. The conference will create the “space”, inspiration and momentum needed in order to prepare our organizations to take flight in the mission to support the nation’s family caregivers.
DATE TIME 10/11/2017 All Day 10/13/2017 All Day
800 Monroe St. SW
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
29th Annual ATTACh Conference: Teaching the World to HealOctober 12, 2017
Receive cutting-edge training from leaders in the field of trauma and attachment in workshops and tracks specifically designed for:
Intermediate and Advanced Therapeutic Training, Parents & Caregivers, Educators, Child Welfare & Social Service Professionals and
Sensory Approaches & Occupational Therapists.
DATE TIME 10/12/2017 All Day 10/14/2017 All Day
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S. Syracuse Street
Denver, Colorado 80237
Dr. Jaiya John
Dr. Peter Levine
Pat Ogden PhD
The overarching goal of the Charleston Child Trauma Conference is to deepen professionals’ knowledge in the area of child trauma and traumatic stress, with an emphasis on bridging research and practice. Critical sub-goals include: 1) advancing knowledge of current research on the incidence and prevalence of trauma exposure, 2) increasing understanding of the most current research on the etiology of trauma-related
disorders, 3) advancing knowledge in evidence-based treatments for children and caregivers who have experienced traumatic events, and 4) strengthening knowledge of the aforementioned areas with respect
to underserved and diverse groups. In doing so, we aim to heighten professionals’ understanding of the most current research, with an emphasis on how this can be applied in clinical practice.
DATE TIME 10/18/2017 All Day 10/21/2017 All Day
Francis Marion Hotel
Esther Deblinger PhD
Christopher Greeley MD
Brian E. Bride PhD