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2020 Conference

Journeys of Discovery


Friday & Saturday, March 20 & 21, 2020, (Cleveland area)

To mark the 5th anniversary of Ohio’s Opening Day – a day that 400,000 Ohio adoptees, by law, gained access to their original birth records – Adoption Network Cleveland is hosting a conference to celebrate. Together, adoptees; birthparents; adoptive, kinship and foster parents; foster alumni; individuals who are donor conceived or have found misattributed parentage through DNA testing; and professionals in the field; among others will explore unfolding life stories, engage in learning, and create community.



Keynote Speakers

Sharon Kaplan Roszia, M.S.

We are excited to announce keynote presenter Sharon Kaplan Roszia. Sharon is an internationally known educator, presenter, and author who has devoted fifty years of her professional career to the institution of foster care and adoption. She is the author of the new book Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A comprehensive guide to promoting understanding and healing in adoption, foster care, kinship families and third party reproduction.



Request for Workshop Proposals

Download the Request for Proposals

Workshop Proposal Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

Conference content will include keynote presentations, workshops, entertainment, and opportunities for sharing and networking. Workshop sessions will be 1.5 hours long, with the possibility of combining two sessions for a three-hour offering. Workshops will be selected to reflect a range of compelling presentations on a variety of timely topics. CEUs will be offered for Social Workers and Counselors for offerings that qualify. There will be a special focus on ethical issues on Friday, and topics that relate to ethics and meet the requirements for professional ethics CEUs are of special interest.

Topics Sought (but not limited to):

  • Search and Reunion
  • Adoptee Issues
  • Birthparent Issues
  • Parenting Challenges and Strategies
  • Ethics in adoption, foster/kinship care and assisted reproduction
  • DNA
  • Genetic Identity – can include donor conception, misattributed parentage
  • Trauma/Trauma Informed Care
  • Creative expression – such as writing, theater, film
  • Advocacy and Legislation


Conference Location and Registration

Information on the conference location (Cleveland area) and registration coming soon! 



Information on Accommodations coming soon!

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