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All Day Conference: The Experience of Adoption & Foster Care

Start time/date: Mar  14, 2015 8:30 AM
End time/date: Mar  14, 2015 5:00 PM
Place: St. Paul's Episcopal School
Casa Building
116 Montecito Avenue, Oakland CA 94610

 The Experience of Adoption & Foster Care
Supporting Children's Feelings, Behaviors and Experience

Date: March 14th, 2015

Time: 8:30-5:00 pm

Location: St. Paul's School

116 Montecito Ave Oakland, CA 94610

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Click her to download the Birth / First Parents Flyer (393KB | )

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:

  • Have respectful discussions with parents about their child’s adoption and their approach to discussions with their child
  • Understand why certain curriculum related to family and difference is particularly triggering for adoptive and foster families and get help to learn how to follow some easy guidelines that will make your existing curriculum more supportive and appropriate for these families.
  • Hear personal stories for adopted adults, adoptive parents and professionals about what they hope for from supportive educators and allies.

This conference includes keynote presentations and smaller group workshops.

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Click here to download the Afternoon Workshop Session Descriptions (238KB | )

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

Become A Supporter of the Largest Bay Area Adoption/Foster Care Educational Conference

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.

Pricing Description:

 $110/ per person ( online registration closes March 10th)

At Door Registration $135/ per person

(lunch & snacks provided)


Online Registration Closed