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2020 Conference

Journeys of Discovery


Friday & Saturday, March 20 & 21, 2020, (Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, Strosacker Union)

Journeys of Discovery will be a time to share, learn and grow together. Join us to explore the lifelong journey of adoption and its many facets along the way.

The conference delivers 2 full days of educational and supportive content for birthparents, adult adoptees, adoptive and kinship parents, and both mental health and child welfare professionals. Professionals can expect CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors (including ethics) and ample networking opportunities.

Being held on the 5th anniversary of “Opening Day” – the culmination of our ROAR (Restoring Ohio Adoptee Rights) campaign and the day Ohio made previously closed original birth certificates accessible to adoptees which was celebrated in Columbus by hundreds – the conference will provide an opportunity for those involved to reconvene, and those not yet involved to come join in.

Keynote Speakers

Conference Program

Our workshop proposals have been accepted and we are working on the schedule! Journeys of Discovery Conference Program Coming Soon!

Conference Agenda

  • Schedule for Friday, March 20, 2020

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    7:30 a.m.     Registration

    7:45 a.m.     Light Breakfast

    8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.     Morning Plenary Session

         Keynote by Sharon Kaplan Roszia, MS: Ethical Issues in Adoption and Child Welfare followed by a facilitated panel.

         Panel Members:

    • Sharon Kaplan Rosza, MS, panel facilitator
    • Victor Groza, PhD
    • Kate Livingston, PhD
    • Traci Onders
    • Tom Rogat, PsyD, MBA
    • Erin Smith
    • Zoe Breen Wood, PhD

    12:00-1:00 p.m.     Lunch

    1:00-2:30 p.m.     Workshop Session 1

    2:45-4:15 p.m.     Workshop Session 2

    4:30-6:00 p.m.     (Optional) General Discussion Meeting

    7:30-9:00 p.m.     Evening Performance: A Secret in Plain Sight, Kevin Gladish

  • Schedule for Saturday, March 21, 2020

    8:00 a.m.     Registration

    8:15 a.m.     Light Breakfast

    9:00 a.m.     Morning Plenary Session

         Keynote by April Dinwoodie: Openness in Adoption: Understanding, Embracing, and Engaging the Extended Family of Adoption 

    10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.     Workshop Session 3

    12:00-1:00 p.m.     Lunch

    1:00-2:30 p.m.     Workshop Session 4

    2:45-4:15 p.m.     Workshop Session 5

    4:30-6:00 p.m.     (Optional) General Discussion Meeting


  • Workshop Descriptions
  • Presenter Bios

Conference Location and Registration

The Journeys of Discovery Conference will be held on the Baldwin Wallace University campus at the Strosacker Union, Lower Level, Rooms Sandstone 1, 2, and 3 and the Quarry Room. The address for the Baldwin Wallace Strosacker Union is 125 Tressel Street, Berea, OH 44017. Parking is available in Baldwin Wallace University parking lots – conference attendees will be given a parking pass. Parking is limited and attendees are encouraged to carpool or park off campus whenever possible.

Registration will open in mid-December.

  • Registration includes breakfast, lunch, keynotes, workshops, coffee all day.
  • Friday evening performance is open to all full and one-day (either day) conference registrants.
  • Adoption Network Cleveland members will receive a registration code by email. If you are not a current member and would like to register at the member rate, you can join HERE.
  • Adoption Network Cleveland organizational members can register up to four individuals at the member rate.
  • Please register early, as space is limited! 

Full Conference - ANC Member Full Conference - Nonmember 1 Day Conference - ANC Member 1 Day Conference - Nonmember
Early Bird, through January 15, 2020 $125 $160 $75 $110
Regular Pricing, Jan. 16 - Feb. 28, 2020 $140 $175 $85 $120
Late Registration, March 1, 2020 $160 $195 $95 $130

CEUs and Certificates of Attendance

Continuing Education Units for Social Workers and Counselors are provided at no extra charge. Social Work and Counselor CEU approval pending including three Ethics CEUs.

Certificates of attendance will also be available for foster and adoptive parents. Please indicate upon registering for the conference if you would like CEUs or a Certificate of Attendance.



A block of rooms has been reserved at $89/night at the Hampton Inn & Suites Cleveland-Airport/Middleburg Heights, 7074 Engle Road, Middleburgh Heights, Ohio 44130.

Reservations in this block are available for dates March 19-22, using group name ANC, and must be made before February 19, 2020. Please make your reservations using this link, or by calling:

(440) 234-0206 ext. 0.

or making reservations online

The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from Cleveland Hopkins Airport, and to and from our conference location at Baldwin Wallace University.

Free hot breakfast buffet included for guests. There is a Max & Erma’s across the street and many restaurants in the area. Hotel amenities include a business center, laundry, fitness center, pool, free WiFi and parking.

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