Schedule of Training Sessions and Events


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October 2018

Family Affirmation Center Presents:  8 Week Parenting Group  – closed group for parents touched by adoption, kinship or  guardianship.  Foster parents who are identified as “pre-adoptive” who have their identified child residing with them may also find this group useful.  Tuesdays 6:30-8pm, beginning October 16, 2018 for 8 weeks.  Some of the topics covered will include Loss and Grief, Openness, Helping kids regulate emotions, and understanding the impact of trauma on child development!  Contact Ely or Karen at (860) 896-5331 for more information and to sign up.  Seating is limited and light refreshments will be provided.

Forever Families Through Adoption Presents: Adoption: Everything You Need to Know FREE Information Session.  Tuesday, October 23, 2018; 6:00-7:30pm.  Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library, One Haseco Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573.  This free event is open to anyone interested in or involved with the adoption process, including professionals, community members, expectant parents, adoptive or prospective adoptive parents, and adoptees. Come learn about the domestic adoption process and meet the staff of Forever Families Through Adoption.  Contact Jaquelin Granados at to learn more.

 Link Center Presents:  Planning a Life: A Conference on Transition.  October 25 and 26, 2018.  Hosted by the Federation of Children with Special Needs at the Brockton Area Arc in Brockton, MA.  For more information, go to


November 2018 – Happy National Adoption Month

CT Council on Adoption Presents:   CT Council on Adoption’s Annual Conference.   “Progressing From Child Placement to Family Success.  Presenters:  Adam Pertman and Allison Davis-Maxon, LMFT.  Thursday, November 1, 2018

Annie C. Courtney Foundation Presents:  3rd Annual National Adoption Month Adoption Fair!  November 3, 2018, 1pm-5pm.  Free and open to the public.  Held at United Church of Christ, 283 Main Street North, Soutbury, CT.

Touched by Adoption and Fairfield University Present:  Meet the Author.  Zara H. Phillips, author of “Somebody’s Daughter” will host a book signing on November 18, 2018; 2-4pm.  Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Downtown Fairfield.

Adoption Assistance Program Presents:  “Veterans, Parents and PTSD”.  Explore the needs of families when parents have trauma histories.  CEU credits offered(pending) and meets Veterans training requirements.  Thursday, November 29, 2018, 9:30am-12pm.  Held at Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood Street, New Britain.  Email Karen Annis, to register.

Save The Date!

MAY 19 – 24, 2019
We are excited to announce the dates of the second Rudd Summer Adoption Research Institute (SARI), planned for May 19 – 24, 2019, on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This summer institute is for graduate students and recent Ph.D.s who are planning careers in adoption research. Topics will include data organization and management, longitudinal analysis, analyzing family and couple-level data, considering culture in adoption research, community engagement, and translation and dissemination of research findings. The methodological topics will be interspersed with discussions of adoption in global perspective, balancing the personal and professional, the history of adoption, research funding, and more. Space is limited; we are using the application process to make sure that each participant is a good fit for the goals of the institute. A cohort of 15- 20 graduate students and recent Ph.D.s will be selected to spend a week together with experienced adoption researchers to build expertise in some of the special methodological and statistical issues inherent in this field.