Journeys of Discovery: Navigating the Intersections of Adoption Conference
Offered virtually on Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24, 2020
Adoption Knowledge Affiliates and Adoption Network Cleveland have joined forces to present “Journeys of Discovery: Navigating the Intersections of Adoption,” a virtual conference to be held on Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24, 2020! This amazing opportunity will bring together the expertise of both organizations to offer presentations by national and state experts on adoption, providing opportunities for members of the adoption and foster care community as well as adoption professionals to receive support and skills, gain knowledge, and network with others. The conference delivers two full days of educational and supportive content. Professionals can expect CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors (including ethics) and ample networking opportunities.
Journeys of Discovery: Navigating the Intersections of Adoption will also 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.
Friday, October 23, 2020
Ethics Panel, Moderated by Dr. Monica Faulkner, LMSW
Keynote Ethics Panel – Managing grief, loss, power & identity:
A dialogue on adoption ethics (2 hours)
Moderated by: Dr. Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW, University of Texas School of Social Work
- Patricia Martinez-Dorner, LPC
- Will Francis, LMSW & Executive Director for the National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter
- Tyler Pennington, Attorney, Board Certified Family Law
- Joellen Peters, PhD, Support Texas Adoptee Rights (STAR), Board President
- Renee Gelin, Save Our Sisters (SOS), Board President
Adoption is a lifelong journey and ethical issues may change through the course of the journey. Decisions about what is fair, ethical, and in the best interest of each member of the adoption triad are complicated by issues related to grief, loss, power, and identity. In this panel discussion, we will explore issues of ethics and fairness from the perspective of each member of the adoption triad: adoptees, birth families, and adoptive families.
Friday, October 23, 2020
Sharon Kaplan Roszia, M.S. (Read Bio)
Sharon Kaplan Roszia, MS, is an internationally known trainer and author who helped pave the way for open adoption practice believing in keeping connections over time. She has been devoted to her work in adoption and foster care since 1963 and is also a parent by birth, adoption and foster care. She has co-authored two books on open adoption, The Open Adoption Experience and Cooperative Adoption. She is the recipient of an ‘Angel in Adoption’ award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute; ‘Humanitarian Award’ from the American Adoption Congress and awards from The North American Council on Adoptable Children, ATTACh, and the "Annette Baran and Rubin Pannor" award for Outstanding Work in Adoption. Sharon’s most recent book is The Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency, co-authored with Allison Maxon and released in 2019.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Torrey E. Carroll, MA, LPC & Nikki M. Carroll, MA, LPC (Read Bios)
Nikki and Torrey Carroll believe in the redemptive power of relationships. They have championed the cause for more than a decade by walking alongside marriages and families as they heal and grow. As adoptive parents and psychotherapists, they also understand and respect both the pressures involved in building a family, coupled with the unique gifts and learning experiences that the adoption dynamic brings.
The Carrolls are frequent speakers at conferences and have extensive experience collaborating with agencies, faith-based organizations, and community ambassadors to develop programming and ministries that revitalize and enrich individuals, marriages, and family systems. Their training and specialization include marriage and family therapy, crisis intervention, trauma care, and adoption-sensitive therapy including parenting skills within the adoption triad and transracial adoption issues.
Nikki and Torrey are founding Board members of Relationships First™ and Safe Conversations® Master Trainers. They have been featured in a number of publications and news media including Success Magazine, WFAA’s Daybreak, and CBS’s Plugged into DFW, and co-hosted the Safe Conversations® Practice and Share DVD alongside Imago relationship therapy co-creators. Nikki holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University, a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling and a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amberton University. Torrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling, and a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amberton University.
Conference Agenda and Workshop Descriptions
|FULL Conference||Early Bird (Ends 10/1)||Regular (After 10/1)|
|Full-time Student (Requires valid ID)||$50||$70|
Registration includes two full days of content plus access to recordings for many of the workshops for 90 days to view on-demand.
CEUs and Certificates of Attendance
Ohio Continuing Education Units for Social Workers and Counselors are provided at no extra charge through a grant from the Woodruff Foundation. A total of 7.5 CEUs (including 3 ethics) are available on Friday and 7.0 on Saturday for Social Workers. A total of 7.5 CEUs (including 3 ethics) are available on Friday and 4.5 are available on Saturday for Counselors. All CEUs are pending final approval.
Certificates of attendance will also be available for foster and adoptive parents and professionals wishing to pursue CEU hours for other states/licensures independently. Please indicate upon registering for the conference if you would like CEUs or a Certificate of Attendance.