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Adoption conferences in 2014

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Interested in learning more about adoption and foster care? Check out these conferences happening in 2014. There’s not a lot of info available right now, so mark your calendars and then check the websites.

A Future and a Hope Adoption and Foster Care Conference
When: February 14-15
Where: Austin, TX
Registration opens: October 31

This conference is for “people who want to support the foster care community, but are not ready to  adopt or foster, couples and singles who are exploring foster care and adoption, and post-adoptive families who want to learn  and connect with other families.” The first day is for professionals.

Barker Foundation’s 20th Annual Conference
“In our own voices: Adoptees and foster youth speak out—round 2″
When: February 22
Where: Rockville, MD
Registration: Open

“If adoption is designed to provide permanency, love, safety and emotional well being for adoptees, then it is critical to understand the adoptees’ perspective. Through selected panelists, speakers and discussions, The Barker’s 20th Annual Conference aims to provide that perspective to all in the adoption constellation.”

“A conference for foster and adoptive families.”
When: February 28-March 1
Where: Redmond, WA

“A ​Christian ​Conference ​for ​caregivers ​of ​orphaned ​and ​vulnerable ​children. ​ ​Foster ​and ​adoptive ​parents, ​relative ​caregivers, ​waiting ​parents, ​social ​workers, ​and ​educators ​are ​all ​welcome ​to ​attend.”

“Know more orphans conference.”
When: March 7-8
Where: Birmingham, AL
Registration: Open

“The Church has always been God’s plan for building his kingdom, and this includes securing justice for the poor and most vulnerable. Altar 84 desires to work intimately with the Body of Christ to care for the least of these, the orphan. On Friday, March 7th and Saturday March 8th, 2014, Altar84’s kNOw More Orphans Conference will seek to unite the church community for the call to care for orphans and vulnerable children – right here and around the world. The conference will provide AWARENESS of God’s Word and his command to take ACTION.”

ASAC Fifth International Conference
“Adoption: Crossing Boundaries”
When: March 27-30
Where: Tallahassee, FL

“ASAC’s biennial conferences feature stories and histories of adoption as explored by writers, artists, and scholars across the disciplines, especially the humanities. Adoptions and the lives of adoptees always involve crossing boundaries, whether the boundaries of families, the boundaries of races, the boundaries of nations, the boundaries of aboriginal peoples and others, the boundaries of communities, the boundaries of law, or all of these borders. This conference takes up these themes and threads, and also encourages other kinds of boundary-crossing—boundaries between disciplines; between adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, and social workers; boundaries between creative writers, scholars, and activists. And we extend our topic across other boundaries by considering similar issues with regard to foster care and assisted reproduction.”

The 35th Annual American Adoption Congress International Conference
“Building Bridges for Change”
When: April 9-13
Where: San Francisco
Registration: Open

There is no event page, but click here for a PDF of the conference draft schedule.

New World of Adoption
“Helping families overcome early adversity”
When: April 11
Where: UMass Amherst
Registration: Dec 6, 2013

“Children who have experienced foster care and adoption often have early childhood adversities that impact their development and complicate effective parenting. [Keynote speaker] Dr.Fisher will discuss the effects of early stressful experiences on children’s neurobiological and psychological development.”

CAFO 2014
When: May 1-2
Where: Chicago
Registration: Early 2014

“The Christian Alliance for Orphans’ CAFO2014 Summit inspires and equips Christians to care for orphans with wisdom-guided love. Now in its 10th year, CAFO2014 has become the national hub for what Christianity Today called, “the burgeoning Christian orphan care movement.” Last year’s conference drew 2,500 foster and adoptive parents, orphan advocates, pastors and leaders from 49 states and 25+ countries. Together, we explore effective foster care, adoption, family preservation and global orphan ministry. CAFO2014 will include unforgettable plenary sessions with top national and global speakers, stirring music, more than 100 workshops, and an array of one-of-a-kind experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Join both laypeople and leaders from across America and around the world at Willow Creek Community Church on May 1-2 in Chicago, IL!”

8th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference
“Sleeping Giants in Adoption: Power, Privilege, Politics, and Class”
When: May 29-31
Where: Queens Village, NY

This conference is intended for “the wider adoption community, including researchers, clinicians, family members, adoption professionals and others interested in the study of adoption.”

National Adoption Conference
When: June 19-20
Where: Orlando, FL

You can find out more about the 2013 conference here.

NACAC 40th Annual Conference
When: July 24-26
Where: Kansas City, MO
Registration opens: March or April

“If you have been touched by adoption, you will benefit from attending this conference! The conference has sessions designed to inspire, inform, and encourage all members of the adoption community, including adoptive parents raising children with special needs, professionals seeking families for older children, mental health or other professionals supporting adoptive and foster families, international adoptive parents, adopted persons, and others with personal or professional connections to adoption. This educational event covers almost every adoption-related topic imaginable—with more than 80 sessions designed to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of parents, professionals, and adopted persons.”

National Kinship Care Conference
“Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families”
When: September 17-19
Where: New Orleans, LA
Registration: Open

“Thank you for your interest in CWLA’s National Kinship Care Conference to be held September 17 – 19, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. As kinship care continues to be a primary and valuable option for children who cannot live with their parents, the number of children residing with relatives and adults with a significant relationship to the family has grown over the past ten years. Emphasis on kinship care policy, practice, and research is necessary to continue to enhance services and supports for kinship families. This conference is a call to bolster the collective knowledge of best practice, policy, program and service development, and to identify areas for further research. Child welfare and human service professionals, community advocates, kinship families (caregivers, birth parents and youth) are cordially invited to share their knowledge and experience on practice and policy issues, program design and development, caregiver and family support, and training.”

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.


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  • Claudia Corrigan D'Arcy

    December 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    The Adoptee Rights Coalition’s Annual Demonstrations at the National Conference of State Legislatures annual summits will be held on AUGUST 18th at the NCSL Legislative Summit
    (August 19 – 22, 2014) at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Caroline

    January 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Altar84 will be hosting a kNOw More Orphans conference at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL March 7th-8th! Speakers include Russell Moore, David Platt, and Tony Merida.

    • skruger

      January 20, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing. We’ll add it to our list.

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