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For the Entire Adoption and Foster Care Constellation and those who Support Them

birth/first parents • adoptive parents • foster parents • adoptees • foster alum • siblings • extended family • professionals, including social workers, therapists, psychologists, teachers and advocates

Friday March 24th, 2017 – Professionals’ Day
With Holly van Gulden and your choice of afternoon workshops; includes lunch, materials, Holly’s book The Dance of Attachment and 6 CEU hours.

Saturday, March 25th, 2017 – General Conference
Over 20 practical workshops to choose from with a morning keynote by Holly van Gulden and lunch. 5.5 hours of optional CEU training available.

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 as over 20 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.

The California Adoption Conference is a collaboration between nine Bay Area non-profit organizations that serve youth and families.

Registration opens January 1st, 2017.