Event Description

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Early Bird Special Until October 15
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Don't Miss Barker's Virtual Conference Experience!

Barker’s highly regarded annual adoption and foster care conference offers the opportunity for you to hear from some of the nation’s leading adoption experts, and explore the nuances of adoption and the lifelong impact that adoption may have on an adoptee, their birth parents, and their adoptive parents. 

Please plan to join us virtually on Saturday, November 13, for several opportunities to expand your understanding of the many facets of adoption, earn 6 CEUs, hear personal stories and candid conversations that can help strengthen your families and the adoption community as a whole.

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The Barker Adoption Foundation has been supporting families for over 75 years. We serve as one of the very first adoption agencies in the country to offer post-adoption services, including counseling, support groups, search and reunion services, parent and professional training, and education, along with kids groups and teen programs.

More About Barker's 2021 Conference


Keynote Address: Relinquishment Hurts...Neuroscience Helps to Explain Why


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julie Lopez

Dr. Julie Lopez is a speaker, master clinician, and the Founder of Viva Partnership, a mental health organization dedicated to sparking a mental health revolution. Her personal mission? To help build stronger leaders and organizations by empowering them with mental health truths that help them reach greater levels of performance excellence. When leaders understand and harness the power of mental health in their companies, everyone thrives, says Dr. Julie. Making the invisible visible is part of that mission. Her core message – that you can thrive in business, love, and life – has helped her audiences to realize their ultimate potential and move aside the roadblocks that obstruct their greatest level of performance. By leveraging brain science, Dr. Julie loves to illuminate hidden pathways to increased excellence, empowering her audiences to talk by talk.

Come hear adopted human Dr. Julie’s keynote, in which she will uncover the invisible and sometimes complicated parts of “the adoption story” by leading us all through the neuroscience of how our human system works. She will share how you can use this knowledge to improve your life and the lives of those you love. In her keynote, she will activate your senses so you can experientially understand how implicit memory works. She will explain why words, love, and good intentions can never create the happiness we desire. And she will share parts of her own healing journey – what worked, what did not, and why. Learn more about Dr. Julie Lopez here.

2021 Conference Sessions & Speakers 

  • Transracial Adoption Through the Lens of a Global Pandemic – Developing a Deeper Understanding of Identity, Connections, Race & Trauma
  • You’ve Got Mail: The New Realities of Adoption Reunion
  • Deep Dive into Implicit Memory
  • Special Considerations in Adoptee Identify Formation
  • Openness in Adoption – Exploring the Importance of Birth Family Connections
  • Longevity requires some Levity
  • Therapeutic Writing for the Adoption Constellation

Learn More About Each Session

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Registration Fees and Dates 

Early Bird Rate (Until October 15)

$100 per person/ $180 per couple

Professional group discount: $85 per person if three or more staff members from the same agency register (must register individually and add agency name with registration for confirmation)

Students and Young Adults (18–25): $30 per person

Registration (On or after October 16)

$125 per person/ $200 per couple

$105 per person if three or more staff members from the same agency register (must register individually and add agency name with registration for confirmation)

Students and Young Adults (18–25): $30 per person


Barker's 2021 Teen Connections Event

If you have a teen in grades 6 to 12 we invite you to register them for Barker's Annual Teen Connections following the conference on Sunday, November 14 from 10 AM to 2:30 PM ET. 

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Event Type: 
Special Events
Audience Type: 
Prospective Parent Project Wait No Longer-Older Child Adoption from Foster CareProspective Parent International AdoptionProspective Parent Domestic AdoptionAdoptive ParentBirth ParentAdult AdopteeChild or Teen AdopteeProfessional

Date and Location

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Time Zone: 

Event Contact

Sue Hollar

Registration Information

Registration is required?: 
Registration is Open?: 
$125 per person (early bird special $100)/ $200 per couple (early bird special $180)