19th Annual Adoption Conference - April 13, 2013

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
National 4-H Center 7100 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD

The Modern Family of Adoption:
How far have we come & what does the future hold?

Please use the links below to open  and download the electronic version of our Conference Brochure and register online. 

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Featuring Keynoter:  Adam Pertman

Adam Pertman

Adam Pertman is the Executive Director of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. A former Pulitzer-nominated journalist, he is the author of  Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America, a book described as “the Silent Spring of adoption.”

Come be challenged and inspired by our Guest Speakers

Susan Alvarado

Susan Alvarado is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 15 years experience providing psychotherapy services for diverse populations.  Since 2003, Susan has dedicated her post graduate research and training to adoption-related psychology.  She is a nationally recognized speaker and is an instructor for the Institute for Families’ Office of Continuing Education, Adoption Certificate Program of Rutgers University.

Amanda Baden

Amanda Baden is a highly respected academic from Montclair State University in New Jersey, Dr. Baden has her doctorate in counseling psychology from Michigan State University, is herself an adult adoptee from Hong Kong and an adoptive parent of a child from China. Both her research and her clinical work are highly respected in the field of adoption.
Beth Hall

Beth Hall is Founder and Director of Pact, an Adoption Alliance. She is also the white adoptive mother of a Latina daughter and an African American son, and grew up with an adopted sister. She co-founded Pact in 1991 to combat the discrimination she witnessed against adopted children of color and their birth families.

Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer Shaw has worked in a number of clinical settings prior to her current specialization in the assessment and treatment of childhood trauma.  Dr. Shaw has a special interest in working with children who develop sexual behavior problems.  She provides individual, family, and group therapy to children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

Chauncey Strong

Chauncey Strong is a foster care supervisor with Fairfax County Department of Family Services, who has worked for 20 years in the child welfare field. He is Board Chair of Foster Care Alumni of America, a trainer, motivational speaker, and a committed advocate for children and families.


Conference Fees

Early bird (March 22):    $90 per person / $150 per couple
After March 22: $110 per person /  $175 per couple
Agency Discount Rate: $75 per person if 3 or more staff from one agency
Earn CEUs:     Add $10 to fee
Student/Young Adult
$25 per person

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Questions? Please contact Kathleen Porter