Virtual Conference Schedule

Please Note: All times are Eastern.

Tuesday, June 23rd 

Introduction and Session One (11:15 - 12:30)

The Connected Family: Understanding and Supporting Adoptive Families

Jana Hunsley, MS, MA, LSW, PhD(c)

Session Two (1:00 - 2:00)

Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Post Adoption Services and Supports

Berenice Rushovich, Traci Brickhouse Jones, Allison Hebert

Session Three (2:30 - 3:30) 

The Role of Pre-placement Medical Review in Contemporary Adoptions: Setting Expectations, Assessing a Child's Needs and Supporting Successful Family Formation

Dr. Dana Johnson

Session Four (4:00 - 5:00) 

"The Talk": How to Speak with Children About Race and Adoption

Ebony Mack

Wednesday, June 24th

Intro & Session Five (11:15 - 12:30)

Preparing Children Already in the Home for New Foster/Adoptive Siblings

A.J. Zehner

Session Six (1:00 - 2:00)

The Baggage We Carry: Creating an Awareness of How

Our Past Impacts Our Parenting and Making it Work

Megan Montgomery

Session Seven (2:30 - 3:30) 

Honestly and Transparently Advocating for Children from Hard Places: Ethically Recruiting Families for Children

Jennifer Lanter

Session Eight (4:00 - 5:00) 

Search and Reunion in Adolescence

Debbie Riley

Thursday, June 25th

Caucus Sessions

11:15 - 4:30

45 minutes each

Open to Conference attendees and all NCFA members.

Each session will be hosted by a NCFA staff member, and moderated by a NCFA member.

  • Domestic Adoption - 11:15

  • India - 12:30

  • China - 1:30

  • Philippines - 2:30

  • Haiti - 3:30