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2020 Conference

Journeys of Discovery


Dear Journeys of Discovery Conference Attendees and Adoption Network Cleveland Members,

In light of growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and recommendations from officials at the local, state, and national levels to postpone large events, Adoption Network Cleveland has decided to postpone the March 2020 Journeys of Discovery Conference. This decision was not made lightly but was the only viable option in good conscience we could make to preserve the health and safety of our constituents community.

We are currently working with Baldwin Wallace University to identify dates in early fall for the conference, which we anticipate announcing soon. We are pleased to report that many of our keynote and workshop presenters have expressed a desire to participate once the dates are set. We were thrilled to be able to offer such excellent content for the conference, and we are confident that the quality and scope of the conference content will be very similar in the fall. We also anticipate being able to offer the same mix of social work and counselor CEUs, including ethics credits, on our rescheduled dates.


All conference registrations will be honored for the new dates, and pricing will remain the same. If you would like to request a refund at this time, we are happy to provide a full refund upon your request. Please submit any requests via email to If you would like us to carry-over your registration it would be helpful to know that as well, and you can also be in touch with Tammy.

If you have made hotel reservations for the conference, please be sure to cancel your reservation as soon as possible. If you reserved your room at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Middleburg Heights, you can do so by calling the hotel at (440) 234-0206 ext. 0. Please refer to the hotel where you made your reservation for more information on their cancellation policies.

We appreciate your understanding and loyalty under these extraordinary circumstances and look forward to seeing you this fall for the Journeys of Discovery Conference. In the meantime please stay safe and healthy.

Warm Regards,


Betsie Norris

Executive Director

Adoption Network Cleveland

Fall 2020 at Baldwin Wallace University

Strosacker Union Building, 125 Tressel Street, Berea, Ohio 44017

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 Agenda and Workshop Descriptions

  • Schedule for Friday, March 20, 2020

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    7:30 a.m.     Registration

    7:45 a.m.     Light Breakfast (provided)

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

         Keynote by Sharon Kaplan Roszia, MS: The Ethical Traps in Building Families through Adoption and Permanency 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 (provided)

    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 (provided)

    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 (provided)

    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


Conference Registration

Registration is Open!

**Please Note: Our online credit card system on our website is unable to accept international credit cards. Please call our offices at (216) 325-1000, and we can process your registration over the phone. Please ask for Tammy, Margaret or Nicole B.**

  • 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! 

If you have any questions or have issues concerning the registration process, please contact Tammy Willet at (216)482-2319 or

Cancellation Policy: Cancelations made by Friday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. EST will be eligible for a full refund of paid registration. Cancelations made between Friday, March 13 after 3:00 pm and Thursday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. EST will be refunded at 50% of paid registration. Cancelations must be made in writing and directed to Tammy Willet at Voicemail messages will not be accepted for cancelations. All cancelations after Thursday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. will be nonrefundable.

**Please Note: Our online credit card system on our website is unable to accept international credit cards. Please call our offices at (216) 325-1000, and we can process your registration over the phone. Please ask for Tammy, Margaret or Nicole B.**

Full Conference - ANC Member Full Conference - Nonmember 1 Day Conference - ANC Member 1 Day Conference - Nonmember
Early Bird, through January 17, 2020 $125 $160 $75 $110
Regular Pricing, Jan. 18 - Feb. 29, 2020 $140 $175 $85 $120
Late Registration, starts March 1, 2020 $160 $195 $95 $130
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CEUs and Certificates of Attendance

Continuing Education Units for Social Workers and Counselors are provided at no extra charge through a grant from the Woodruff Foundation. A total of 6  CEUs (including 3 ethics) are available on Friday and 5.5 on Saturday for Social Workers. A total of 6 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. 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.

Funding for the Journeys of Discovery Conference is provided, in part, from the Woodruff Foundation to provide access and education for adoption-competent mental health providers.

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