Event Description

web_banner_Annual Conference (4).png

An event where teens connect together and find
the "awesomeness" in their individuality.


Register Now!


Who am I?  What makes me unique?  What are my strengths and challenges with being part of an adoptive family? How can I better understand my identity, relationships, race, culture, and heritage connection?  
Let's explore these essential life questions together! 

We invite your middle and high school children to join us for our Virtual Teen Connections Event, on Sunday, November 15, from 10 AM to 3 PM ET. Our adoption experts will provide a safe space for teens to explore adoption and identity-related questions, share their stories and experiences with one another. 

Here are some of the exciting activities planned for your teen during this year's Virtual Teen Connection Event:

  • Take part in our "Virtual Movie Watch Party" designed to facilitate discussion about adoption exploration.  
  • Receive a mailed Teen Connections "Party" Box, which includes supplies for the day, goodies for our watch party, and other fun surprises.  
  • Create a "Collage of Words" that reflect who they are and what "Me" looks like for them.

2020 Virtual Teen Connections Program

10:00 to 10:30 AM ET - Icebreakers and group guidelines

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM ET - Virtual Movie Watch Party – “Off & Running” (group will take a short break halfway through)
12:00 to 12:30 PM ET - Lunch Break (optional breakout groups during lunch)
12:30 to 12:45 PM ET - Open discussion about the movie
12:45 to 1:15 PM ET - Identity discussion and fun/engaging activities
1:15 to 1:30 PM ET - Break
1:30 to 2:30 PM ET - Adoption Story Sharing
2:30 to 3:00 PM ET - Adoption Discussion & Reflection

Adoption Expert Facilitators

For 6th - 8th graders:  Melissa Herendeen, LMSW, Barker's Adoption-Competent Child, Family, and Adolescent Therapist and Seth Solondz, MSW, LCSW 

For 9th - 12th graders: Lilly Trone, Adult Adopted Person, and Kristen Reighard, Adult Adopted Person 

One of Barker’s most distinguishing assets is our well-trained and experienced professional and administrative staff. Learn more about some of our Post Adopt Staff and Contractors here.


Important information to consider before you register! 

One week before the conference, all registered participants will receive detailed instructions on what they will need for the conference day. Prior to the event, please make sure your teen has access to an electronic device that has a camera and microphone capabilities in a strong wifi area that is private.



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: 
Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Time Zone: 

Event Contact

Cynthia Cubbage

Registration Information

Registration is required?: 
Registration is Open?: 
$105 (early bird) / $125 (after October 14)