All Day Conference: The Experience of Adoption & Foster Care
The Experience of Adoption & Foster Care
Date: March 14th, 2015
Time: 8:30-5:00 pm
Location: St. Paul's School
116 Montecito Ave Oakland, CA 94610
In the best of all possible worlds every adopted person and fostered person is like a tree in a grove , which represents the adults surrounding them, including birth parents who represent the roots of their identity tree and adoptive or foster parents who form new branches of their identity tree.
A collection of loved ones surround them whether connected by roots or by branches, including birth parents and foster and adoptive parents. Other caregivers make up the grove—friends, brothers and sisters, caregivers and helping professionals of all kinds—teachers, therapists, social workers, medical professionals and mentors.
Join us for this day-long opportunity to learn more about the experiences of members of the adoption and fostercare family and community as well as learn from expert professionals in the field to become more attuned to the needs and issues of adopted and fostered children and adults as well as their family members.
If you attend this adoption conference you will learn how to better:
This conference includes keynote presentations and smaller group workshops.
Keynote Presentation: First(Birth) Families: Relating with Integrity, Creating Opportunities for Y/Our Children
Susan is a transracially adopted person and a first/birth mother. Susan will address what is possible in relationships with first families, what these connections mean to adopted people and children and how adoptive and foster parents can support their children’s needs.
Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, LMFT, s currently Clinical Supervisor at a community mental health agency specializing in adoption and foster care.
Keynote Presenation: Finding Balance in Adoption & Foster Care: Attachment, Baggage, Behavior & Discipline
Regina will explore research-based insight and practical guidance for adoptive parents as she explores parenting strategies that promote attachment, help children process their feelings about being adopted and give children room to find their full identity.
Regina Shields, PhD, MFT, is a licensed psychologist practicing in Oakland. She works with children, adolescents, couples and adults.
A Collaborative Community of Adopted/Fostered People, Birth/First Parents, Adoptive Parents, Professionals and Allies
Join us in providing quality education for the entire adoption and foster care community in Northern California. We have offered a full-day conference relevant to domestic and international adoptive and pre-adoptive parents, foster and fost-adopt parents, birth parents, adoptees and professionals including social workers, therapists, psychologists, teachers and advocates. With quality programming for over 200 participants. Please join us by supporting this ongoing annual event and inviting your clients and constituency to participate in programing they see is supported by you.
$110/ per person ( online registration closes March 10th)
At Door Registration $135/ per person
(lunch & snacks provided)
NO REFUNDS AVAILABLE