Adoption and Foster Care Events and Conferences
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California Adoption Conference 2018March 23, 2018
Listening to the Stories of Adoption and Foster Care
The California Adoption Conference is a two-day event featuring talks and workshops for adoptive and foster families, adult adoptees and foster alums, birth parents, and adoption professionals. “Adoption is a lifelong journey,” says Beth Hall, Executive Director of Pact, An Adoption Alliance, and one of the conference organizers. “Placement is only the beginning—everyone involved needs ongoing education and support. That’s why programs like the California Adoption Conference are so important. We’re trying to provide something for all members of the constellation—anyone whose life has been touched by adoption or foster care.”
The conference begins on a Friday with a day-long training for professionals who work with adults and/or children touched by adoption or foster care. For the general session on Saturday there will be as well 18 workshop topics, including attachment, transracial adoption, open adoption, searching for birth family, mental health issues, and adopted teens. Panels are scheduled featuring birth/first parents and adopted adults, and there are sessions specifically for prospective adoptive parents, first/birth parents as well as adoption professionals, educators and extended family members.
DATE TIME 03/23/2018 08:00 am 03/24/2018 04:00 pm
5515 Doyle Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
Dr. Amanda Baden
(510) 243-9460 (Phone)
New Worlds of Adoption Conference 2018April 13, 2018
THE FUTURE OF ADOPTION: Moving Beyond Safety to Well-Being
Although the three goals of the child welfare system include safety, permanency, and well-being, the first and most urgent attention is typically paid to safety. Well-being is a broader and longer-term goal. When it is the focus, primary attention is paid to well-being of children, rightly including such issues as physical health and social development. When adult adoptees are asked about issues that concern them, however, they often mention broader issues that touch on who they are and how they fit into the world. These include knowledge of their own genetic background and health history as well as their connections to their birth relatives and birth culture. These connections all have the potential to enhance adoptees’ sense of well-being and will be the focus of the 2018 Rudd conference, “The Future of Adoption: Beyond Safety to Well-Being.”
DATE TIME 04/13/2018 09:00 am 04/13/2018 05:00 pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Gary Mallon Ph.D.
(413) 545-0547 (Phone)
Empowered to Connect ConferenceApril 13, 2018
Simulcast – Presented by SHOW HOPE
$40 for both days or $20 for one day. Conference cost includes breakfast, lunch and viewing guide
Register at: www.tinyurl.com/ETC2018GRC
Continuing education credit may be available.
Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.
Featuring Trust-Based Relational Intervention methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU to help bring attachment and connection in families.
Both days from: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
DATE TIME 04/13/2018 10:00 am 04/14/2018 06:00 pm
Grace Redeemer Church
21 Harristown Rd
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
2018 Annual APC Mini-ConferenceApril 21, 2018The Mini-Conference is perfect for anyone who attended the APC Tri-State conference in November and wants additional information, who could not make the November Conference and would like a similar learning experience, or who has attended any of APC’s monthly meetings and wants more. There is truly something for everyone!APC’s Mini-Conference committee has been hard at work, creating an amazing evening for this year’s event! We have adoption professionals and experts scheduled to present on a number of interesting topics, relevant to both pre- and post-adopt families, including Adoption Medicine, Homestudy Preparation, and Adoption and the Schools. The evening will include a light dinner, dessert, and time for networking with adoption professionals and members of our adoption community.
DATE TIME 04/21/2018 06:00 pm 04/21/2018 09:30 pm
Betty Taubert Girl Scout House
37 Wayside Lane
Scarsdale, NY 10583
CWLA 2018 National ConferenceApril 26, 2018
Save the Date!
Call for Proposals
Deadline: August 11, 2017
Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Building Resilience in Changing Times
The 2018 conference will provide a variety of learning options for conference attendees. This includes traditional 90-minute workshops, 60-minute learning labs, 30-minute poster sessions, and 3-hour supersessions.
Proposals should detail the ways that organizations in the United States and globally are responding to changes in funding, policies, and client needs through advocacy, community organizing, and service change. Presentations that show collaborative working relationships and partnerships within or across systems or with youth, families, and communities are especially welcome.
DATE TIME 04/26/2018 All Day 04/29/2018 All Day
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue
Washington, DC 20001
7:45 – 8:30 am Registration, Check-in, Breakfast, Exhibits, Book Sales
Early Registration Fee: $65 per person ($100/couple)
Walk-in Registration Fee: $90 per person ($150/couple)
Student Fee: $30
Continuing Education Hours
NJ & PA Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, NJ Teachers: Maximum 5 CEH Hours
Provided by Rutgers university Office of Continuing Education: $20 processing fee for Continuing Education Hours/Credits
The “Let’s Talk Adoption”sm conference is non-commercial, educational, non-profit conference coordinated entirely by volunteers. CPFA has no paid employees. The goal is to keep the registration fee low, and free admission is provided in deserving cases. We provide one annual scholarship to a student intending to work in child welfare. The conference operates on a break-even basis and the only sources of revenue are registration fees, a percentage of book sales, and small donations.
DATE TIME 05/05/2018 08:30 am 05/05/2018 04:00 pm
Bush Campus Center
Barry Chaffkin LCSW
(908) 273--5694 (Phone)
Families Together 2018 Annual ConferenceMay 06, 2018
Building Strong Roots for Success: Nurturing Healthy Families
Join over 400 representatives from family peer support providers, family advocates, and family members, youth and professionals from the children’s behavioral health and other cross-system children’s services at this statewide event and stay abreast of the many challenges and opportunities facing children, youth and families as health and behavioral health services continues to move toward an integrated system of care. We encourage New York State Family Peer Support Providers, Youth Peer Advocates, health plans, Performing Provider Systems, health homes, health care/hospital systems and other service providers to attend and receive timely and pertinent education & information on services, collaborations and practices in our children’s health and behavioral health system. Registration coming soon!
DATE TIME 05/06/2018 08:00 am 05/07/2018 05:00 am
Albany Marriott Hotel
189 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205
The Child Abuse Prevention and Family Support Conference brings more than 600 professionals with a focus on improving well-being in Iowa families. National and state experts share the latest research and strategies among service sectors including family support, early childhood, education, health care and social work.
DATE TIME 05/09/2018 08:00 am 05/11/2018 03:00 pm
(515) 244-2200 (Phone)
Nurture and Heal
Overcoming the Circle of Trauma and Taking Care of Ourselves
For almost three decades, the Coalition’s annual statewide conference has provided an opportunity for foster, adoptive and relative care parents to join with professionals to be inspired, network and learn about the latest in the field.
Aimed at parents and professionals alike, the conference brings leaders in the child welfare field to New York and offers a variety of topical workshops designed to deepen the knowledge of attendees, make connections to other parents and professionals and give attendees tools they can bring home and share in their community. Nationally-known plenary speakers and workshop presenters share their knowledge and expertise to help participants gain perspective, increase skills, and learn to appreciate the positives.
DATE TIME 05/10/2018 All Day 05/10/2018 All Day
40 Lodge Street
Albany , NY 12207
25th Annual National Foster Care ConferenceMay 16, 2018
“Footsteps to the Future”
As a leader in providing Foster Care services, Daniel also seeks to help other professionals, organizations and parents build and maintain comprehensive and effective Foster Care Programs. Since 1994, Daniel has been hosting this highly informative and educational conference for professionals and parents throughout the country.
In the tradition of building and sharing expertise, the Annual Foster Care Conference will address a wide variety of problems facing foster care specialists, foster parents and various social service professionals who desire to enhance their skills in order to create the best foster home environment. The conference will offer numerous seminars, general sessions, workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities designed both for professionals interested in increasing the effectiveness of their programs and for foster parents desiring to improve their parenting skills. Each general session and workshop will present innovative ideas on how those of us working with youth can deal with the ever-changing situations we face.
DATE TIME 05/16/2018 08:00 am 05/18/2018 04:00 pm
Sheraton Lake Buenavista Resort
12205 S. Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando , Florida 32836
(904) 296-1055 (Phone)
APSAC’s 25th Annual ColloquiumJune 13, 2018
This event will offer over 70 advanced training institutes and workshops which address all aspects of child maltreatment including prevention, assessment, intervention and treatment with victims, perpetrators and families affected by physical, sexual and psychological abuse and neglect. Cultural considerations will also be addressed.
DATE TIME 06/13/2018 08:00 am 06/16/2018 04:00 pm
The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans , LA 70130
(608) 772-0872 (Phone)
2018 National Council For Adoption ConferenceJune 20, 2018
In 2018, the community of adoption professionals will gather in our nation’s capital on June 20–22 to explore the strong principles that unite us. Join National Council For Adoption as we take a look at foundational and innovative practices serving children and families impacted by adoption. Stand up for children and families through our Congressional advocacy day, and collaborate with practitioners and leaders from across the country through two and a half days of content-focused sessions to develop united goals for increased consistency and excellence in the field of adoption. Social work CEU will be available.
DATE TIME 06/20/2018 07:30 am 06/22/2018 03:45 pm
The Hotel at UMD
7777 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
(571) 482-7351 (Phone)
FFTA 32nd Annual ConferenceJuly 08, 2018
Join over 700 professionals and foster parents at the only annual conference on treatment foster care and other family-focused treatment services. The conference will feature over 100 workshops highlighting best practices being applied in the field.
DATE TIME 07/08/2018 All Day 07/11/2018 All Day
Hilton Atlanta Downtown
255 Coutland St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(201) 343-2246 (Phone)
NACAC’s 2018 ConferenceAugust 07, 2018
Don’t miss the 44th Annual Conference of the North American Council on Adoptable Children
August 8 – 10, 2018
(pre-conference session August 7)
If you have been touched by adoption or foster care, you will want to attend this conference!
This four-day educational event covers a wide variety of foster care and adoption topics—to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, and people who were adopted or in foster care.
Offering more than 80 sessions in topics such as:
- Supporting and preserving adoptive families
- Core issues in adoption
- Effective therapeutic techniques in adoption
- Kinship care and birth family connections
- Parenting children with disabilities and challenges
- Older children and youth
- Race, culture, and diversity in adoption and foster care
- Supporting children and families in adoption and foster care
- Recruiting families for children
DATE TIME 08/07/2018 08:00 am 08/10/2018 04:00 pm
11 E. Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
(651) 644-3036 (Phone)
30th Annual Crimes Against Children ConferenceAugust 13, 2018
Internationally recognized, the Crimes Against Children Conference is the premier conference of its kind providing practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal. There were more than 4,300 professionals from around the world in 2017!
The conference is presented annually by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department. The conference is conducted to provide training to those employed by government or nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime.
DATE TIME 08/13/2018 07:30 am 08/16/2018 11:30 am
400 Olive Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 818-2644 (Phone)
31st Annual National Independent Living ConferenceAugust 28, 2018
For Adults and Youth “Growing Pains”
Daniel’s mission is to provide quality services for youth and families. One way we do that is by helping professionals, clients, and their respective organizations establish and maintain effective Independent Living Programs. Daniel’s National Independent Living Conference, Growing Pains, is a must-attend event for youth service professionals, independent living professionals, and youth aged 15 and up.
Growing Pains presenters include experts in the field of independent living who lead training sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and leadership and team building activities dedicated to the needs of youth who are currently in care. Each general session and workshop offers innovative ideas on how youth can adapt to life’s ever-changing situations and be properly guided to become competent, responsible, independent adults. For conference attendees seeking extra training, plan to attend pre-conference institutes one day prior to the general conference start.
The “Growing Pains” Conference is endorsed as the official conference of the National Independent Living Association (NILA).
DATE TIME 08/28/2018 09:00 am 08/31/2018 12:00 pm
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio , Texas 78205
(904) 296-1055 (Phone)
2018 Families Learning ConferenceSeptember 24, 2018
The Families Learning Conference is the premier event focused on innovative strategies and practices in family literacy and learning, two-generation education solutions, and parent and family engagement. The target audience includes educators, family literacy staff, school administrators, education researchers, policymakers, library staff, and staff working in community-based organizations.
DATE TIME 09/24/2018 08:00 am 09/26/2018 04:00 pm
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
3030 Holiday Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
(502) 584-1133 (Phone)
Seventh Biennial ConferenceOctober 18, 2018
Formations: Thinking Kinship through Adoption, sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture
ASAC 2018 Call for Proposals
Topics of interest include:
- Studies of the economies, ethics, or aesthetics of intimacy;
- Studies of how race, gender, sexuality, and class shape kinship formations;
- Critical analyses of adoption narratives, histories, discourses, and life experiences;
- Studies of literary, cinematic, dramatic, musical, visual, dance, popular culture, or performance art
representations of kinship formations;
- Studies of the impacts of increasing global mobility and migration and refugee crises on kinship
- Studies of the production of new forms of kinship in social media and other digital and online
DATE TIME 10/18/2018 08:00 am 10/20/2018 05:00 pm
Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel
Oakland, CA 94607
Deann Borshay Liem
2018 NCFR Annual ConferenceNovember 07, 2018
Families and Cultural Intersections in a Global Context: Innovations in Research, Practice, and Policies
National Council for Family Relations (NCFR)
Join your colleagues in San Diego at the 2018 NCFR Annual Conference!
Contemporary families live in a world that is complex, increasingly interconnected, and culturally diverse. NCFR 2018 will focus on innovative approaches, theories, research, policies, and programs that support and strengthen families in all types of Western and non-Western settings.
Call for Proposals
The online submission system is now open. Proposals are due March 1, 2018 — 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Please read our detailed submission instructions and the full call for proposals before submitting a proposal.
DATE TIME 11/07/2018 07:00 am 11/10/2018 03:00 pm
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
(888) 781-9331 (Phone)