Thank you for your interest in the Rudd Adoption Research Program. In light of the current circumstances surrounding travel restrictions and Coronavirus (COVID-19), we regret to inform you that the conference has been canceled. 

All registrations for the conference will be automatically canceled, and full refunds will be issued without penalty or fees. You are not required to contact us to cancel your registration. Refunds will be issued in the method in which payment was received. Please understand that it will take some time for our event staff to process all the reimbursements and we are grateful for your patience. If you have already completed a registration, please check your email for further information about the cancellation. 

General Information
Please join us for the Rudd Adoption Research Program 2020 Conference, "Future of Adoption: Adopted Adults - Connections Across Generations," which will take place on Friday, April 17th at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst Campus Center from 9AM to 5PM. 

This year's conference topic will focus on the lifespan of adoptees with special consideration given to adult adoptees and their many connections across generations. The 2020 conference be marked with the many exciting signs of progress both with our program and within the world of adoption studies. We are pleased to announce the creation of a new position for the conference planning committee. Dr. Hollee McGinnis, assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the school of social work will serve in the inaugural role of Program Chair. Hollee’s work is based on her interest in adoption, children’s mental health and well-being, child welfare and alternative care systems. Her research broadly examines the social and cultural determinants of children’s mental health and well-being, with a specific focus on improving outcomes across the lifespan for children with histories of early childhood adversity.

Dr. Gina E. Miranda Samuels is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. Her scholarship explores processes of identity, belonging, relational (im)permanence, ambiguous loss, and the effects of chronic displacements from one’s experience of family and home among youth and young adults with histories of foster care, homelessness, and/or transracial adoption. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Miranda Samuels was a child welfare caseworker, a juvenile probation agent, and also a clinician with youth under court supervision for violent offenses. The keynote address, "Authorizing our own pathways and counterspaces of resilience and healing: Navigating adoption and other displacements in Adulthood" will discuss the complex ways in which adopted adults must forge pathways to relationships that are supportive and healing. The event will include panel discussions, a poster session, break-out sessions and time for networking with colleagues old and new.

Please enjoy our Past Conference Archive, which includes videos, PowerPoint presentations and much more. A number of the presentations from the conference were revised for inclusion in our special Rudd Publication Series on The Future of Adoption. Please visit The Future of Adoption Series to download for your use and broad distribution. We hope you will find them useful in your work.

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Registration Rates
Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, breaks and registration materials. Wi-Fi access will be provided. 

Early Bird Registration (By January 25)
  General: $95.00
  Seniors/Students: $60.00
  UMass Faculty/Staff: $60.00 

Regular Registration (January 25 - April 3)
  General: $125.00
  Seniors/Students: $80.00
  UMass Faculty/Staff: $80.00 

Late Registration (After April 3)
  General: $165.00
  Seniors/Students: $120.00
  UMass Faculty/Staff: $120.00 

  Social Work CEU's: $50.00

Terms & Policies
     •  Registration rates increase on January 25 and April 3
     •  After April 3, any unpaid balances on registrations will be assessed the late registration rate

     • Online registration will close April 10, 2020 (on-site registration will be available if space permits)
     •  Student rate is only available to full time students (ID required)
     •  Senior rate is for attendees 65+ (ID required) 

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received before April 10th, 2020, will receive a full refund minus a $60 cancellation processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after 5 p.m. (EST) on April 10th, 2020. 

Contact Us!
Please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Office at 413-577-8102 or with any questions or concerns, or if you need any assistance completing a registration.

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