Call for Proposals at the 2018 California Adoption Conference!

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You are invited to help adoptive and foster families, birth/first families, adult adoptees, professionals, and others in the adoption community to gain skills and knowledge related to adoption, foster care and parenting. We invite you to submit a proposal to present on the General Conference day at 2018 California Adoption Conference on Saturday, March 24th in Oakland, California. Every year, this conference brings together a group of committed professionals who collaborate to bring cutting-edge education to all members of the adoption and foster-care constellation.

Request for Proposals Submission Deadline: November 27th, 2017
Potential presenters may submit no more than two proposals with the understanding that we will likely only choose one. If your proposal is chosen, one lead presenter’s admittance fee to the conference will be waived. If you are proposing a workshop in collaboration with others, up to two co-presenters/panelists will receive a $25 discount off the price of admission. Submission decisions will be made and lead presenters notified no later than December 22, 2017.

Workshop Guidelines

We are looking for workshops that are practical, interactive and offer concrete tools for participants focused on one of the topics listed below. CAC will offer a Continuing Education track for PhD, PsyD, LCSW, LMFT, LPCC and LEP participants. Workshops will be 90 minutes in length between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on March 24th, 2018. We anticipate there will be three sessions with seven workshops offered during each session. The conference itself is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and we request that presenters stay for the duration. We ask all presenters to allow for at least 15 minutes of Q&A time at the end of their presentation. Presenters must provide their own computers to show their slides and/or video. We will provide projectors but CAC cannot make copies of PowerPoints or handouts. Presenters are encouraged to bring hard copies and upload these on the website after the conference.

Suggested Workshops Topics:

  • Attachment
  • General Issues Related to Adoption/Foster Care
  • International Adoption
  • Mental Health/Trauma/Support
  • Older Child Placement
  • Open Adoption Best Practices
  • Preparing to Adopt
  • Adoption Race and Class
  • Schools & Adoption/Foster Care
  • Searching for Birth Family
  • LGBTQ Families
  • Specifics about Adopted and Fostered Youth Ages 0 to 5, 6 to 12, and adolescence
  • Parenting Practices, and Strategies
  • Public Policy & Adoption/Foster Care
  • Social Justice Issues
  • Ethics in Adoption
  • Workshops for Professionals, Birth/First Parents, and Adult Adoptees

Conference sponsors will make the final workshop selections after conference committee members review proposals. We will notify prospective presenters about final workshop decisions by December 22, 2017. If your proposal is accepted, we will request your finalized commitment, agenda/outline and PowerPoint/handouts. Questions or inquiries can be directed to

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