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Rhonda Roorda - Talking Race, Adoption, & Identity
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 Voices, In 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).
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.
Dr. Judy Eckerle - The Effects of Drug Exposure, Mental Health, and the Environment
Laura Coleman - Preparing Financially for Adoption
Billy Kaplan - Strategies for When Our Children are Challenging: Therapeutic Parenting
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
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
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 Parents, Grown and Flown, The Daily Signal, The Hill, CBN News, Christian Post, Her 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.
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 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!
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