American Adoption Congress

American Adoption Congress



For the AAC 2016 annual conference in Denver, Colorado held from March 30 - April 2, 2016
for
Trailblazing Change: Moving Mountains Together in Adoption
Proposal Submission
American Adoption Congress is currently accepting proposals. In keeping within the spirit of our upcoming conference title and theme Trailblazing Change: Moving Mountains Together in Adoption, we are extremely interested in workshops that you believe speak to trailblazing changes and ways in which we have moved mountains together in adoption. Please keep in mind the conference theme when preparing your submissions and consider teaming up with others who could speak alongside you on how you have moved mountains together in adoption. Also, when considering the below noted list of topic areas, think about how your workshop or session can be designed to speak of earlier experiences within adoption vs. more recent practices. Have we made trailblazing changes? If not, we are interested and will consider proposals that give voice to the ongoing needs, because we are fully aware that many voices have not been heard and change is needed. AAC is committed to providing a conference experience that reflects the broad and diverse array of experiences and issues that impact members of the adoption community. We are encouraging a wide variety of submissions. The following is just a sample of topics for you to consider: 1) International adoption, the older generation and younger generations speak 2) Foster care adoption 3) LGBTQ support and advocacy in the adoption community (as parents and as foster alumni, teens and adults) 4) Open Adoption 5) Recent or newer birth/first parents and older birth/first parents panel discussion 6) Transracial Adoption, the older generation and the younger generations speak 7) Men in Adoption (as birth/first parents; as adoptees; as adoptive parents; and as foster parents) 8) Mental health education, support and treatment in the adoption community 9) Race relations in adoption 10) Adoptees, birth/first parents and adoptive parents in collaboration 11) Legal/Legislative Challenges and successes in the Adoption Community 12) History of adoption practices in the US and abroad 13) Rehoming, any change? 14) Assisted reproductive technology 15) Genealogy and DNA Testing and Interpretation 16) Ethics (in all of this!) 17) Internet and adoption 18) Search and Reunion (ethics) 19) Identity Issues in Adoption 20) Suicide, Professionals speaking to inventions used to address this issue in adoption 21) Other Please direct any questions or concerns to the AAC conference chair, Cynthia McGuigan, aacconferencechair@gmail.com. On behalf of the Conference Committee thank you for your submission. We hope to see you in Denver, March 30 to April 2, 2016. NOTE: Be sure to read all boxes in proposal system carefully