California Adoption Conference 2018
Listening to the Stories of Adoption and Foster Care

For the Entire Adoption and Foster Care Constellation and those who Support Them

birth/first parents • adoptive parents • foster parents • adoptees • foster alum • siblings • extended family • professionals, including social workers, therapists, psychologists, teachers and advocates

Friday March 23rd, 2018 – Professionals’ Day

Keynote Speaker: Darla Henry of 3-5-7 Model
Story as a Tool for Healing in Adoption and Foster Care

Oakland Asian Cultural Center – Oakland, CA

Saturday March 24th, 2018 – General Conference

Morning Keynote: Dr. Amanda Baden
Challenging Society’s “Story” of Adoption and Foster Care –
Navigating Microaggressions

18 practical workshops to choose from
Oakland Asian Cultural Center – Oakland, CA

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.”

The conference begins on a Friday with a day-long training for professionals who work with adults and/or children touched by adoption or foster care. For the general session on Saturday there will be as well 18 workshop topics, including attachment, transracial adoption, open adoption, searching for birth family, mental health issues, and adopted teens. Panels are scheduled featuring birth/first parents and adopted adults, and 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 nine Bay Area non-profit organizations that serve youth and families.

More information cac@pactadopt.org

Continuing Education administered by Pact, an Adoption Alliance, CAMFT-Approved Continuing Education Provider Number 131157

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