Event Description


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The Barker Adoption Foundation has been supporting families for 75 years and was 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, and kids groups and teen programs.

In this 75th year of making a difference in the community, we are extremely proud to once again host our Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference, which brings together hundreds of adult adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals from around the region and the country. This year’s conference, What’s Adoption Got to Do with It? will provide participants the opportunity to explore the nuances of adoption and the lifelong impact that adoption can have on an adoptee, their birth parents, and their adoptive parents. Plan to join us on Saturday, March 14, for multiple opportunities to grow your understanding of the many facets of adoption.

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Conference Topics Include: 

  • Deep Dive into Implicit Memory
  • Press Reset! Rewire your Child’s Brain to Establish Improved Emotional Regulation
  • Getting to Yes: How Do I Know If and What I’m Equipped to Handle as a Parent?
  • Infertility, Grief, and Loss: Do the Feelings Go Away?
  • Parenting Children by Birth or by Adoption: What’s the Difference?
  • Transracial Adoption Is Not Colorblind
  • "Because I Said So” Is Not Enough: Strategies to Avoid the Power Struggle
  • Navigating Search and Reunion
  • A Birth Parent’s Journey to Adoption
  • Parenting a Dysregulated Child
  • Actually, My Parents are White: Coming Out as Transracially or Internationally Adopted
  • The Complexities of Adoptive Grandparenting: A Workshop for Adoptive Parents and Grandparents


By popular demand- Barker's Teen Connections

This year’s conference will also include Barker's Teen Connections, a component designed for adopted teens in 6th–8th grades and 9th–12th grades, to spend the day connecting with each other at a program designed just for them. Learn more by here.

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 14, 2020 - 8:15am to 4:30pm
Time Zone: 
The Universities at Shady Grove
Address 1: 
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Postal Code: 

Event Contact

Kathleen Porter

Registration Information

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