7 - 8pm

Registration open for Advocacy Day advocates
Learn about Advocacy Day here!

8 - 9:45pm

Advocacy Day Training



  • Exhibitor setup is 12 – 2 pm

  • Registration is open from 1 – 2:30pm

6:30 - 7:30am

Breakfast for Advocacy Day advocates

8am - 1:30pm

Meetings on Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day advocates
(We'll try to keep meetings within this time, but some meetings may run late)

2:45 - 4pm

Opening Keynote: Adopt the New African Way: Embrace in the Unity of Ubuntu, Empower Children, Exalt in Their Significance in the Global Village

presented by Debbie Wybrow

4:15 - 5:15pm

Preparing Children at Home for Adoption or Foster Care

presented by

 Angela Mains

Subsidiarity in The Hague Convention: A Family Centered Principle

presented by

Chad Turner

Developing an Adoption Competent Network of Providers

presented by

Melinda Lis

Dr. Veenod Chulani

John Webb

5:30 - 6:30pm

Permanency Planning Mediation - Speeding Foster Children to Permanence       

presented by

Kate Cleary

Susan Yobp

Cordell Wesselink

Birth Mom Today

presented by

 Kim Noeth

Maintenance & Re-Accreditation: Best Practices for the New Age  

presented by

 Robin Sizemore

Nicole Skellenger

Exploiting or Advocating-Ethical Considerations for Propelling Adoption

presented by

Jennifer Lanter

7:30- 10pm

Welcome Reception in the Penthouse

Sponsored by Consortium for Children



  • Country caucus roundtable discussions will be sprinkled throughout the conference, starting on Thursday.

  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks will be provided. Dinner is on your own. Enjoy D.C.!

7 - 8am

China Caucus Discussions

S. Korea Caucus Discussions

Easter Europe Caucus Discussions

8:00 - 8:10am

Morning Announcements


7:15 - 8:15am

8:10 - 9:30am

Morning Plenary: You Can Do It

presented by Chadwick Sapenter

9:45 - 10:45am

Anger Management

presented by

Beth Ellen

The Intersection of Independent Adoption and Dependency Laws  Families

presented by

Katie Jay

International Adoption: CDC Resources and Activities

presented by

Emily Jentes

Simone Wien


 Beyond Time-In: Coaching Parents in Trauma Sensitive Discipline 

presented by

Allison Douglas

The Unicorn In The Room: The Multiracial Adoptive Family Experience    

presented by

Ligia Cushman


Advancing the Child's Human Right to Family    

presented by

Elizabeth Bartholet

“Let’s get it Right": Multisystem-Multilevel Assessments in the Homestudy and Post Placement Services

presented by

 Wayne Duehn

2 hour session

12 - 1pm

Learning Lunch with Dr. Curt Thompson

1:15 - 2:15pm

The Color of Adoption Revisited:  The Color of Foster Care

presented by

Joy Jones

Lori Colbert 

Agency Transformation in

A Challenging Environment

presented by

Phyllis Stephenson

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Building Relationships with Prospective Adoptive


presented by

Caitlin Snyder

A New Adoption Paradigm - Moving Beyond "Open Adoption"

presented by

Richard Pearlman

Attachment Parenting

with the Brain in Mind

presented by

Dr. Curt Thompson

2:30 - 3:30pm

Beating Grief to the Punch Post Placement Facts,  Truth, and Information for Birthmothers

presented by

Heather Rodriguez

USCIS Panel on

Intercountry Adoption

presented by


Anatomy of a Failed Adoption: What Went Wrong and How We Can Fix It         

presented by

Mary Kalbach

3:30- 4pm


4 - 5:30pm

Honoring Family and Birth Mother Adoption Choices:  Federal Policy Innovations to Protect Agency Diversity

presented by

Robin Fretwell Wilson

Stanley Carlson-Thies

Too Many Losses Too Soon:  Loss and Grief Among Foster and Adopted Children

presented by

Lisa Dominguez

1.5 hour session

Expanding Pool of Potential Permanent Families by Removing Barriers for LGBTQ Community 

presented by

Alison Delpercio

Janice Goldwater

Learn About IAAME – the New Intercountry Adoption Accrediting Entity

presented by

Kim Loughe

Michael Reneke

Stephen Pennypacker

1.5 hour session

Impact of Infertility on Home Study Assessment Process   

presented by

  Susan Darden Kautz

1.5 hour session

5:30 - 6:30pm

India Caucus


Colombia Caucus


Why America Can’t Afford to Lose Faith-Based Child Welfare

presented by

Emilie Kao

7:30 - 10pm

Director's Dinner (Agency Leadership only)

Go out and explore the beautiful city of Washington D.C.!



  • Breakfast will be served and coffee and snacks will be available throughout the day.

7:00 - 8:00am

Foster Care


US Domestic Infant Discussions

Haiti Caucus


Africa Caucus



7:30 - 8:15am

Increasing Permanency: Seven Principles for Building Emotionally Stable Families

presented by

Jeff Merkert

Faye Hall

8:15 - 9:15am

9:30 - 10:30am

Self-care for Social Workers: An Interactive Dialogue  

presented by

 Latoya Hogg

Identity in Transracial Adoption: Pieces of Me

presented by

Judith Craig Morency

TBRI® and its Influence on U.S. Adoption Practice Today; Global Expansion Plans for the Future

presented by

Susie Doig

Daren Jones

Pam Shepard

Training and Development for All Adoptive Parents       

presented by

  Melinda Lis

Ryan Hanlon

Aftercare/ Post-Adoption Services for Birth Mothers

presented by

Kelly Rourke- Scarry

 Adam Scarry

How Adoptees Use Social Media to Find their Birth Families 

presented by

Doug Umberger

Is it Just ADHD? Understanding the

Adopted Child's Behavior 

presented by

Dr. Elaine Schulte

10:45- 11:45am

Preparing and Enriching Marriages for Adoption and Foster Care   

presented by

Angela Mains

Laura Waldvogel

Kelly Curry

Adoption in Schools 

presented by

Jane Turner

Lindsay Weinberg

Foreign Supervised Provider Panel Presentation  

presented by

Mary Moo

Sarah Mraz

Jodi Miyama

Beneath the Mask: Adoption Through The Eyes of Adolescents 

presented by

Debbie Riley

Boxed Lunch

11:45 - 12:30pm

12:30 - 1:30pm

Trauma-informed approach to Sensory and Executive Function Skills in Children and Adolescents      

presented by

Barbara Neiman

How Adoption Organizations Can Unite More Families Through Online Advertising 

presented by

Greg Phelps

Post Adoption Issues: Helping Families Identify When They Need Help 

presented by

Megan Montgomery

Transforming Global Child Welfare through Technology and Collaboration 

presented by

Frank Garrott 

Mark Schwartz

Closing Keynote:  How a Commitment to My Children Became a Commitment to All Children 

presented by Joe Kroll

1:45 - 3pm


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