Adoption 2007: Making Dreams Come True

March 23rd, 2007
Categories: Events

The 18th annual statewide conference titled Adoption 2007: Making Dreams Come True will be held May 10-12, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in Albany, New York. They have planned an exciting lineup of nationally known speakers and workshops that will provide up to date information on the most important issues in adoption today. You can learn more about the conference by visiting the website The conference brochure is available in a PDF file format, there is a description of the workshops available, and you can register on line at this site. Registration is required by April 20th for the lowest fees and to receive the conference room rate you must book your reservations at the Marriott by April 20th… [more]

2007 CUB Retreat

February 21st, 2007
Categories: Events, Retreats

For those of you who are members of CUB or are interested in the organization you may want to mark your calendars and save the date for the 2007 CUB retreat which is being planned for Friday, September 28, 2007 – Sunday, September 30, 2007 in Chicago at the McDonald’s corporate campus in Oak Brook, IL. This is 88 acres of forest with a lake and four miles of hiking trails and beautiful setting that is conducive to serenity. The facility that will be utilized for the workshop sessions will be held at Hamburger University which is McDonald’s training facility. A block of rooms have been secured at the Hyatt Lodge which is on campus. A trolley is available through out… [more]

Infertility Adoption and Family Conference

February 19th, 2007
Categories: Conferences, Events

Ametz Adoption Program of JCCA presents its 12th Annual Conference for Pre and Post Adoptive Families and Professionals on Sunday, March 11, 2007 from 8:15 am - 5:30 pm at 130 East 59 Street in New York City. The title of the Keynote address is The Attachment Process: A Two Way Street with the following professionals: Alison Rosen, PhD, Amy Rackear, LCSW, Anne Malave, PhD, Benjamin Rosin, Esq., Boris Gindis, PhD., Caren Peet, LMSW, Carolyn Berger, LCSW, Dawn Smith Pliner, Dennis Cotter, LCSW, Dina Rosenfeld, DSW, Dr. Jane Aronson, Dr. Nechah Hochstein, Elise Hahn Felix, LCSW, Ellen Greene, LCSW, James Greenberg, Esq.,Joni Mantell, LCSW, Joy Goldstein, LMSW, Kathy Brodsky, Laurie Goldheim, Esq., Lisa Schuman, CSW, Lorayne Losch, LCSW, Marcia Hochman, CSW, Michael Goldstein… [more]

Volunteers Needed

January 24th, 2007
Categories: Events, Reg Day

Petra B. Wynbrandt the National RegDay Coordinator is seeking volunteers for the 13th Annual RegDay which is being planned for November 10, 2007. I personally was a little surprised to see his posts and requests for volunteers so early in the year. RegDay is 11 months off. However, for an organization to plan a successful event planning ahead is one important key. I know that in the latter months of 2006 I had wrote about RegDay and tried to encourage triad members to participate. Although I don’t know if I was clear in explaining truly what the day is all about. Petra seems to describe the purpose and mission of the day perfectly. Adoption Registration Day (RegDay) is an annual… [more]

Unlocking the Heart of Adoption

January 23rd, 2007

The documentary Unlocking the Heart of Adoption will screen at the Adoption Connections Training Institute: OneWorld Neighborhood - 3rd International Conference on Post Adoption Services, February 19-21, 2007, at the Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, Massachusetts. ACTION has begun to establish a network that will exchange ideas, knowledge, models, and resources to provide the best possible services for all members of the extended "Family of Adoption." For information and registration visit: The 56 minute film Unlocking the Heart of Adoption bridges the gap between birth and adoptive families through diverse personal stories of adult adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents in both same race and transracial adoptions. They stirringly reveal the enormous complexity in the lives of normal people when impacted by adoption… [more]

DMC at AAC’s Annual Conference This Year!

January 16th, 2007

It's now official! DMC, aka Darryl McDaniels, formerly of the legendary rap group Run DMC, is appearing at the American Adoption Congress Conference this year in Boston. Darryl McDaniels is scheduled to give the keynote speech this year at the conference. I had heard some months back that Darryl might be at the conference and am glad to confirm that he will be there. This year's conference is the 28th annual Conference. To check out a brochure, click here. The conference is being held March 7-10, 2007. DMC says, “I represent a multitude of people. I have to be the Moses that’s going to go and get the laws changed about the sealed records.” Nearly a year ago, I had the… [more]

Child Welfare League of America Mid Atlantic Conference

January 15th, 2007
Categories: Events

2007 appears to be full of promise and engaging year for the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) Mid Atlantic Region. They will be starting the year with the relase of the Request for Proposals and Save the Date for their upcoming regional conference in September 2007. The theme for this years conference is Crisis in Child Welfare: Strengthening Public Policy and Practice. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel in Baltimore, MD. This is an opportunity for many of us to share and exchange information regarding best practices and strong public policy from across the country. The deadline for submissions of the Request for Proposals is Friday, February 16, 2007. For more information on submitting… [more]

Center for Family Connections Events

January 10th, 2007
Categories: Events

Here are the events for Center For Family Connections for February. Post Adoption Issues and Concerns will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Pre-payment and pre-registration required is required. The fee is $55 per person and LICSW, LCSW, and LMFT CEUs available for an additional fee of $35 per person What are post adoption issues? Why do we need to know about them? How do we respond to them? This event will focus on the issues and concerns that arise in families created by adoption and foster care. They will discuss ways to approach these issues and the best techniques with which to respond to them for the wellbeing of the child and his/her family. This… [more]

What is Reg Day?

November 28th, 2006
Categories: Events, Reg Day

In the comments to my blog regarding a letter to Karen and Jan, a commenter has asked What is Reg Day? I initially was going to respond in the comment section but thought that Reg Day deserves it’s own blog. Reg Day 2006 was actually held on Saturday, November 18th. Previous years, Reg Day was held in October. This is the first year of a new tradition where Reg Day was held in November because November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Like I said earlier Reg Day is an annual event to increase public awareness of the International Soundex Reunion Registry, which is more commonly known and referred to as the ISRR. The ISRR is a non profit mutual consent registry… [more]

The CUB Retreat – Part 2 – The People

October 28th, 2006

With the exception of a few adoptees, everyone I met at the retreat had relinquished a child to adoption. There were a couple of birth/first moms who were also adoptive moms as well. At least two attorneys are active members, and I know mothers who are nurses, college professors, social workers and teachers. What else? There is a real estate agent, a flight attendant and a lobbyist. Ah, yes, I forgot Sandy Musser, our token convicted felon! After Sandy Musser was introduced, it was mentioned that she is a true example of "walking the walk" as far as family preservation is concerned. Sandy has a two year old, cherubic-like grandson with a killer smile and curly blonde hair. She had a photo of… [more]