Adoption Symposium - Sept. 23rd & 24th!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Have you heard the news?  I'm co-presenting "How to De-Freakify Open Adoption" with Lori Holden at the Open Adoption Symposium "Realities, Possibilities and Challenges" taking place September 23-24, 2011 at the University of Richmond School of Law.  
Lori Holden is a mom via adoption to two children. She was named a Top 10 Must-Read Mom by Parenting magazine and writes extensively about open adoption parenting at WriteMindOpenHeart. Lori has published several articles in Adoptive Families magazine and is the Open Adoption Examiner.  We are very excited to be opening a dialogue in our community about the many facets of adoption!  
Attendees are expected to be adoptees, birth/first parents, adoptive parents, adoption professionals, therapists, researchers, educators, media professionals, advocates, attorneys, policy makers and legislators. Registration is $85 for the two-day symposium and includes lunches. Registration is open through September 9.

Jim Gritter (LifeGivers, The Spirit of Open Adoption) and Adam Pertman (Adoption Nation) are the keynote speakers at the Open Adoption Symposium. 

Organizer Rebecca Ricardo, Director of Coordinators2Inc (and Richmond Adoptive Families Examiner) says that "attendees will have opportunities to discuss, from multiple viewpoints, adoption as a lifelong process. We do not intend for this symposium to discuss only open adoption nor to only discussion adoption from a positive or negative perspective. We will have a wide range of perspectives to give a full view of the complexity of the issues and to allow attendees an opportunity to consider adoption from a perspective other than their own."

Besides the keynote sessions there are more than 20 workshops presented. Some topics include:
  • Tips from the Trenches: Finding Middle Ground in Open Adoptive Parenting
  • How to De-Freakify Open Adoption
  • Open Adoption: An examination of First/Birth Mothers experiences
  • International Adoption: The journey to raising a secure & resilient child
  • Older Children Adoptions: Opening their truth
  • Openness Options when building a family through third party reproduction
  • My First/Birth Mother Friended Me!: How families can manage contact from Facebook & other media
  • Under the Microscope: Adoption practices during the Baby Scoop Era pertaining to surrendering mothers
A full list of workshops and presenters is available at www.C2ADOPT.ORG.


A Life Being Lived said...

Oh my goodness!! I am hoping to attend the conference. This gives me a HUGE reason to make it :)

Amy Hutton said...

I hope you attend so I can have a chance to finally meet you!!!!!!

Kayli said...

Amy, I just found your blog and read your story. You are such an example to me! Thank you! I placed my little angel for adoption 2.5 months ago. Reading about you, 6 years later gives me hope. I am so happy now, happier than I ever have been because I've finally put my life in God's hands -- but there are still hard times. Thank you so much

Lavender Luz said...

Can't wait to meet you!

Judy said...

Looking forward to meeting you, Amy! I'm presenting with Lori as well, on "Tips from the Trenches: Finding Middle Ground in Open Adoptive Parenting."

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