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Tuesday October 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM *Bonus Session 4:30-6:00pm
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Wesleyan University
Exley Science Center
265 Church Street
Middletown, CT 06459

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Alexandra Peters
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Registration Deadline: October 16, 2013

























AFTH Conference 2013

Adoption in a Changing World:
Tools for Professionals and Families

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Adoption continues to be influenced by our changing world, and the world influenced by adoption. Join us for a unique adoption conference full of exciting workshops and presenters. These workshops are designed to give attendees a broad spectrum of topics ranging from openness in Adoption and Special Needs Adoption to Attachment and Legal Issues in adoption as well as several panels to help attendees see adoption from various perspectives. The 2013 AFTH adoption conference will provide professionals, students, and families with tools and resources to navigate adoption in today’s world.


Workshop Topics Include:

  • Attachment in Adoption
  • LGBT Adoptions
  • Medical Issues in Adoption
  • Legal Issues in Adoption
  • The Hospital Experience & Counseling
  • Special Needs Adoptions
  • And several panels of various adoptees, birthmothers, and adoptive families...
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Online Registration ends October 19, 2013. 

Adam Pertman, Keynote Speaker

AFTH is pleased to announce that adoption expert, Adam Pertman, of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, will be speaking for the very first time, on his recent study...

Untangling the Web: The Internet’s Transformative Impact on Adoption

The Internet (and social media in particular) is instigating historic changes in adoption practices, challenging current laws and policies, offering unprecedented opportunities and resources, and raising critical ethical, legal and procedural issues. It is likely bringing an end to “closed” adoptions and accelerating the formation of extended families that include birth and adoptive relatives. Yet there is little reliable information, research or experience to guide professionals, courts or families. This presentation draws from the Adoption Institute’s recent report, “Untangling the Web,” the first in-depth examination of the issues involved and their impact on millions of children, families and professionals, including recommendations for future law, policy and practice.

Click to Read More About Keynote Speaker, Adam Pertman

Conference Schedule   * 6.5 CEUs Available

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Registration                           Opens at 8:15am

Keynote                                  9:00-10:15am

Session 1                              10:30-11:45am

Lunch                                      12:00-1:00pm

Session 2                               1:00-2:15pm

Session 3                               2:30-3:45pm

CEU Sign-Out                         3:45-4:00pm

*BONUS SESSION               4:30-6:00pm (Optional - Included in all-day registration)

"This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by NASW/CT and meet the continuing education criteria for Social Work Licensure renewal"




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