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Rhonda Roorda - Talking Race, Adoption, & Identity

Rhonda M. Roorda was adopted at the age of two into a white American family with Dutch heritage. She was raised with her two non-adopted siblings in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Rhonda is an Author & International Speaker on Transracial Adoption.

Rhonda’s latest book, In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption was named by Choice Magazine as a 2016 Outstanding Academic Title. With the late Dr. Rita J. Simon, she coauthored a landmark trilogy of books on Transracial Adoption (In Their Own VoicesIn Their Parents’ Voices, and In Their Siblings’ Voices).

Rhonda’s work is highly regarded in academia, among adoption agencies and parent groups, in corporations, in Hollywood, and in households throughout the United States and abroad.  Rhonda is the recipient of the 2010 Judge John P. Steketee Adoption Hero Award from the Adoptive Family Support Network (MI).  In 2017, Rhonda was awarded the Friend of Children and Youth Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).

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Michelle Madrid-Branch - Adult Adoptees / Adoptive Moms Panel

Michelle Madrid-Branch’s coaching is created from a first-hand perspective. She’s a former foster child, international adoptee, and an adoptive parent. Her understanding, both as an adoptee and mom-by-adoption, helps create breakthrough moments for adoptive parents and their children.

Michelle understands the struggles and questions that come with adoption. She knows that it’s possible to penetrate the walls that go up when we’re afraid of being hurt or rejected. Walls can come down and bridges of understanding can be built! One of Michelle’s biggest missions is to inspire “best day ever” moments between adoptive parent and adoptee.

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Dr. Judy Eckerle - The Effects of Drug Exposure, Mental Health, and the Environment

The reason Dr. Judy Eckerle went into adoption medicine is because she loves children, and it was a natural fit for her as an international adoptee from South Korea. She feels a strong bond to adopted children and their families because of her personal experiences, and because of her training, she feels well equipped to help them with their health and transition issues.

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Laura Coleman - Preparing Financially for Adoption

Laura Coleman is an Accredited Financial Counselor, a wife, a mom, a strong independent woman, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She has spent the last 17 years in the financial industry. First working in mortgages, then moving on to financial education and providing help to our Military Service Members as a Personal Financial Counselor. She knows what it’s like to be a single working professional, a married woman, a woman that dealt with fertility and then adoption of 3 children. She also understands Pacer/Spender types as she is married to an opposite type. She is a Midwesterner at heart, but is currently raising her family in the South and she just loves the people and the weather there.

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Billy Kaplan - Strategies for When Our Children are Challenging: Therapeutic Parenting

Billy Kaplan is the President and Clinical Director at House Calls Counseling. He is a graduate of Bradley University and he earned a Master of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He has provided in-home and office-based psychotherapy to families, couples, adults, adolescents, and children for over fifteen years. He has worked in many settings and with many types of problems, including work as an in-home therapist in a child welfare program intended to keep families together, a counselor of victims of sexual abuse, and a clinical administrator for a drop-in center for homeless youth. He has been a clinical supervisor in foster care, residential, and counseling programs.

He is an experienced trainer who has presented extensively at local, national, and international organizations on attachment disorders, parenting skills, adolescent development, child welfare, and a host of other topics. Billy works with individuals, couples, and families primarily utilizing an attachment-focused approach in the northern part of Chicago and near-north suburbs. He specializes in working with foster and adoptive families on attachment-related issues.

Kristin Van Hof - A Conversation with Birth Moms

Kristin Van Hof is a birth mom, mom, dog mom (She plays the mom role to a few haha), and a wife. She is also the Owner and Founder of Evermore AC & the Co-Founder of Luna Design Co. She has always had a passion for adoption.

She launched Evermore Adoption Consultants in October 2017 after working with a local adoption agency and family law attorney for 10 years prior. Over the last few years, she has spent countless hours in hospitals with families waiting for their child to be born. She has spent even more hours with expectant mothers who are in the process of making the hardest decision of placing their baby with a family that has always desired to be parents.

Adoption is her passion, being a birth mother herself, she always wanted to work with other expectant mothers who are making this decision and providing them with information and insight on the adoption process.

Adrian Collins - A Conversation with Birth Moms

Adrian Collins writes about the real-life complexities of being both a birth mother and an adoptive mother. She has testified before the Colorado Senate committee on behalf of the Colorado Children First Act, been a guest on various podcasts including Think OrphanAdoption NOW, Overcoming Odds, The Greater Than and Real Victory Radio. 

A video of her reunion story was featured on Today Show Parents and Today.com. She has been published on numerous sites including, Today Show ParentsGrown and FlownThe Daily Signal, The Hill, CBN News, Christian PostHer View From Home and BLUNTmoms. Adrian studied journalism at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and is married to her high school sweetheart where they currently reside in Denver, Colorado. Adrian is working on her first memoir about hope and healing through the journey of adoption and parenting.

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Becky Davis - DNA Testing for Adoptees: No More Family Secrets!

Becky Davis is the Post-Adoption Specialist at Children’s Service Society, where she has worked since 1998. In 2001 Becky founded Connections, a confidential intermediary service that helps reunite CSS adult adoptees with their birth families. She uses her knowledge of search and reunion issues and her skills as a professional genealogist to make Connections a successful addition to Children’s Service Society’s adoption program. In the last few years, helping adoptees navigate the complex science of DNA testing to find birth relatives has become a large part of her job. Becky is an advocate of open adoption, and has twice chaired committees and spoken at sessions at Capitol Hill to attempt changes to Utah’s closed adoption records laws.

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What is the adoption family symposium?

This symposium is not your average, boring conference! We’ve put this event together to educate and build awareness of the adoption process and to hear from all members of the adoption triad. This interactive event is for those who are thinking about adopting, in the process of adopting, adoptive families, and for family members who would really love to learn more. We will even have scheduled activities for kids…and maybe even a  🎉dance party!🎉

Topics Include…

  • Affording adoption
  • Parenting with trauma
  • Birthmother panel
  • Adoptee panel
  • Transracial Adoption…and so much more!

Certificates for home study education hours will be provided for up to 6 hours upon request. 

We wish we could promise to protect every client’s heart from experiencing a failed adoption.

We know we can never undo the pain or keep you from wondering “what if.” But when you veer off The Adoption Roadmap, we can offer you support in more ways than one.

Through our nonprofit, Back To The Roadmap Fund, any RG Adoption Consulting client who goes through a failed adoption will have access to receive a grant from us to help you get back on track. And while it can’t replace the baby you’ve lost or the time and money you’ve invested, we hope this small gesture helps show that when our clients hurt, so do we.

All proceeds go to families in need of the Back To The Roadmap Fund’s support!

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What you get with your ticket!

  • Invaluable adoption education from experts on prenatal drug exposure, parenting with trauma, and financial advising for the adoption process
  • Bonus: A recording of the symposium to all ticket holders at no additional cost! (will not include recording of session with Rhonda Roorda)
  • Panels with adoptees, adoptive mamas and birth mothers offering their real-life experiences spanning topics from transracial and open adoption
  • Bonus: A portion of your ticket will be tax-deductible!
  • A day full of activities for your children
  • A certificate for 6 hours of adoption education for your home study upon request
  • The opportunity to network and build your adoption community with individuals and families like your own
  • Bonus: Entry to a giveaway with fun prizes!

ONE TIME PAYMENT

ONLY $197!

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