In light of the current health situation, and out of concern for everyone’s wellbeing, the 2020 California Adoption Conference will be rescheduled to November 5th and 6th, 2021. We are happy to announce that we will be able to offer the same program, including the participation of both keynote speakers, Bryan Post and Sharon Kaplan Roszia. We are currently communicating with the workshop speakers and hope that they will all be able to participate as well; if they cannot, we will replace their workshop with comparable offerings. As a group of small nonprofits committed to the adoption and foster care community, this has been a difficult decision for us. We hope that you will be able to join us on the rescheduled dates.

California Adoption Conference

New Narratives in Adoption & Foster Care

November 5th & 6th, 2021
Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607

The California Adoption Conference is a two-day event featuring talks and workshops for adoptive and foster families, adult adoptees and foster alums, birth parents, and adoption professionals. “Adoption is a lifelong journey,” says Beth Hall, Executive Director of Pact, An Adoption Alliance, and one of the conference organizers. “Placement is only the beginning—everyone involved needs ongoing education and support. That’s why programs like the California Adoption Conference are so important. We’re trying to provide something for all members of the constellation—anyone whose life has been touched by adoption or foster care.”

Each day the conference begins with a morning keynote presentation followed by lunch. In the afternoon, participants choose from a variety of workshops to delve deeper into topics such as open adoption, transracial adoption, attachment, and searching for first/birth family along with panels featuring birth/first parents and adopted adults. There are sessions specifically for prospective adoptive parents, first/birth parents as well as adoption professionals, educators and extended family members.

The California Adoption Conference is a collaboration between six Bay Area non-profit organizations that serve youth and families.

More information cac@pactadopt.org