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This year's "New Worlds of Adoption" Conference highlights the strengths and resilience of adopted persons as they move into adulthood.


Ann Masten, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, will highlight research on resilience in development with a focus on transitions to adulthood. Dr. Masten will be joined by three adult adoptees who are now in significant professional positions serving the adoption community:

  • Astrid Dabbeni, Executive Director of Adoption Mosaic, Portland, OR
  • Judith Eckerle, M.D., Pediatrician and Director of the Adoption Medicine Program at the University of Minnesota
  • Nathan Ross, Project Coordinator for the Community Champions Network at the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

Afternoon Presenters include:

Katy Andres, Susan Branco Alvarado, Amanda Baden,Kathleen Belanger, Astrid Castro (Dabbeni), Judith Eckerle, Rachel Farr, Chris Langelier, Thomas May, Ruth McRoy, Mentors from the Adoption Mentoring Partnership, Joyce Maguire Pavao, Dawn Post, Nathan Ross, Deborah Siegel, Amy Walkner and Samantha Wilson.

Confence will also include:

Panel Discussions, Topical Concurrent Sessions, and Posters Displaying Research and Programs. Social Work CEU's & Psychology CE's will be available.

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Friday April 17th, 2015
Campus Center Auditorium
Amherst, MA 01003
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