2013 Workshops

9:00 - 10:15 AM Keynote Speaker: Kim Stevens, The Journey of Adoption, Founders Hall Auditorium   

Track

 Room

Session I

10:45 – 11:45 am

Session II

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Session III

1:45pm - 2:45 pm

Session IV

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session V

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

A

 

Successful Domestic Adoptions - Agency or Independent Placement – 

Michael Goldstein, Esq.,

Joy Goldstein, LCSW,

Michele Fried and

Jeanine Castagna, Esq.

Independent Domestic

Adoption 101 

Michael Goldstein, Esq.

 

 

 

Positive Relationships with Birth Families Before and After Placement

Joy Goldstein, LCSW

 

 

Birthparent Panel

Joy Goldstein, LCSW, Moderator

 

International Agency Panel

 

B

 

 

A Comprehensive Approach to Adoption Advertising

Joseph Driscoll

 

 

Parenting Over 40

Antoinette Cockerham, LCSW

Successful Independent

Adoption 101 

Nina Rumbold, Esq. and

Denise Seidelman, Esq.

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Adoption and the Schools

Jessica Trubek

Are You Ready to Adopt?

Carolyn N. Berger, LCSW

C

 

 

International Adoption 101

Susan Orban

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The Experience of Open Adoption – Panel Discussion                                     Dawn Smith-Pliner, Moderator

 

. Young Adult Adoptee Panel

Helen Pitkowsky, Eileen Fitzgerald, Moderators

 

Adult Adoptee Panel

Faith Getz-Rousso, Esq, Moderator

Trans-racial, Trans-ethnic Adoption;  Honoring the Burden and Dignity of Difference

Tara Linh Leaman, JD

D

 

 

Single Parent Adoption 101        Karen Wasserman

 

How to Use the Wait Time Productively

Joni Mantell, LCSW and

Sarah Saffian 

An Adoption For Every Budget

Amanda Grant 

Fears, Fantasies and Realities of Private Adoption

Aaron Britvan, Esq.

How to Be Selected  by

Expectant Mothers Gestational Carriers and Egg Donors

Deborah Steincolor, Esq.

E

 

 

Successful Independent Adoption

Aaron Britvan, Esq. 

International Paperwork

USCIS & State Department 

Children Around the World

USCIS & State Department

Role of the Post Adoption Contract in Open Adoption

Dawn Smith-Pliner

Nina Rumbold Esq.

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The Spectrum of Open Adoption – What is a Good Fit for My Family

Tamara Christ, MSW

 

F

 

 

Identity and Self Image in Multi-racial Adoptive Families

Kim Stevens, Keynote Speaker

Advertising for Independent Adoption on the Web:

Where to Begin

Joseph Driscoll

Jeanine Castagna, Esq. 

Nothing is Fair in Families

Kim Stevens, Keynote Speaker

New Jersey Adoptions

Debra Steincolor, Esq &

Lorraine Kolankowski, LCSW

 

Is it More Difficult for Same Sex Couples and Singles to Adopt?  No!

Suzanne Nichols, Esq. 

G

 

 

All Roads Lead Home: Domestic and International Adoption

Kathy Brodsky, LCSW

The Adoption Homestudy in New York and New Jersey                                      Kathy Brodsky, LCSW

 

Birthfathers’ Rights

Karen Foley, Esq.

Making the Adoption Homestudy a Positive Experience                         Ellen Murphy-Hackett, LMSW

Infant Adoption -

Is it Possible?

 

Michele Fried 

 

H

 

 

Post Adoption Depression and Parent Attachment Disorder

Dr Jane Aronson, FAAP

 

Why Kids Do What They Do: When Do I Need To Seek Professional Help? 

Fadi Haddad, MD

Adopting as a Single Parent

Faith Getz Rousso,  Esq

 

Adopting Across Racial Lines                                  Andrea Troy, LCSW

Emotional Issues Inherent in Adoption - Childhood to Adulthood

Brooke Randolph, LMHC

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New Jersey Private and Identified Adoption

Robin Fleischner, Esq.,

Cathy McNee

 

Domestic Adoption: Agency vs. Independent

Rebecca Mendel, Esq. &

Mia Padwa, LCSW

 

 

Adoption or Surrogacy: First Steps in Making the Decision

Robin Fleischner, Esq. &,

Rebecca Mendel, Esq.

 

Myths and Fears in Open Adoption

Michele Fried

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) in International Adoptees

Paul Lee, M.D.

 

J

 

The Adoption Homestudy: A Positive and Informative Experience

Connie Mancini-Haack, LCSW

 

Adoption and Hollywood

Zachary Fried

Developmental Issues in Adoption :Ages and Stages

Lisa Schuman, LCSW

Medical and Developmental Issues for Adopted Children

Paul Lee, MD

 

Inattentiveness and Hyperactivity in Adopted and Foster Care Children

Alla Gordina, MD

K

 

Mindful Parenting Through the Stages of Child Development

Sara Barris, Psy.D.

Child Raising is Never Easy- Using a Positive Parenting Approach

Laura Markham, Ph.D.

 

Understanding and Coping with Challenging Behavior in

Adoptees  of All Ages

Leanne Jaffe, MA, LCSW

Adaptive Nursing - Promoting Permanency, Healing Hearts, Nurturing Souls

Alla Gordina, MD

 

 

L

 

The Language of Adoption

E. Stefani . Moon, MA, LPC.

Will She Really Love Us?  Will We Really Love Her?

Common Worries of Adoptive Parents

Jeannine Zoppi, Ph.D.

How to Plan and  Protect Your Child's Future

Herb Pitkowsky, Esq.

 

Adopting from China and Taiwan-The Possibilities Today

Gongzhan Wu

Wendy Stanley LMSW

 

 

 

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Infertility to Adoption:

The Journey

Anne Malave, Ph.D.

Raising Adopted Children in Jewish Families

Dina Rosenfeld, DSW

When Liberal is not Enough… Parenting Your Adopted Child-of-Color in a Race Conscious World

Bob Bamman, LCSW &

Jessica Rowell

Communicating with Birth Parents –Film and Disussion

Joni Mantell, LCSW

Marni Denenberg LCSW

Communicating with Birth Parents Before, During and After the Adoption - II

Joni Mantell, LCSW

Marni Denenberg LCSW

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Adoption From a Man’s Point of View – for Men Only

Sam Wojnilower, LCSW

Preparing for Parenting Again

Lorraine Kolankowski, LCSW

Ready, Set, Wait

Lorraine Kolankowski, LCSW

Heather Smith LMSW

Foster Care Adoption: The Needs of the Triad

Rachel Gulley Fiorello, MPA

Latise Hairston, MS

 

 

 

J

 

The Adoption Homestudy: A Positive and Informative Experience

Connie Mancini-Haack, LCSW

 

Adoption and Hollywood

Zachary Fried

Developmental Issues in Adoption :Ages and Stages

Lisa Schuman, LCSW

Medical and Developmental Issues for Adopted Children

Paul Lee, MD

 

Inattentiveness and Hyperactivity in Adopted and Foster Care Children

Alla Gordina, MD

O

 

Nutrition: Nurture, Health and Behavior

Brooke Randolph,  LMHC

 

 

Foster Adoption 101

Sarah Gerstenzang, MSW

Eileen Lopez, COAC

Nature and Nurture-Belonging and Identity

Sarah Saffian

Adoptive Mothers & Daughters: The Face has

Two Mirrors

Leanne Jaffe, LCSW

(Schedule is subject to change )

 


Below is a list of some of the topics that will be covered at the 2013 conference.

  • Independent Placement Adoption 
  • Making the Decision to Adopt 
  • International Adoption 
  • Foster Parent Training
  • Preparing for Homestudies 
  • Adoption Agency Programs 
  • Adoption in NY, NJ, CT 
  • Adoption and The Schools
  • Adoption and The Media
  • Self Esteem and Adoption
  • Adoption Legislation 
  • Non-Traditional Adoptions 
  • International Adoption Paperwork 
  • Medical Issues in Adoption 
  • Adopting Over 40 & 50
  • Birth Parent Perspective 
  • Transracial Adoptions 
  • Parenting“Special Needs” Children
  • Discussing Adoption With Your Child 
  • Adoptive Parent Networking 
  • Fears and Fantasies of Adoption 
  • Adult Adoptee Perspectives
  • Child Development
  • Adopting The Waiting Child 
  • Adoption and the Internet