‘Tis the Season…

of Adoption Conferences!

I am thrilled and thankful to be going once again. Due to timing, I am unable to attend ANC’s Journeys of Discovery gathering near Cleveland, OH March 20 and 21st, 2020. It celebrates the 5th anniversary of the opening of adoption records in my state, Ohio, back in 2015. I went to that one five years ago. We marched in support and solidarity in the rain while creating a historical moment.  It was magical, marvelous and so much fun.

Here’s a link to this year’s Ohio conference: https://www.adoptionnetwork.org/2020-conference/journeys-of-discovery-2020-conference.html and also a big shout out to Betsie Norris and the other Adoption Network Cleveland folks who have strived and continue to work tirelessly to support members of the adoption community while advocating for laws which have opened the way for many satisfying and enlightening biological family reunions for Ohio adoptees. Go to their event if you can. I’m sure it will be worth it.

As for me, I will be attending and presenting at the Indiana Adoptee Network’s 4th annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 27th and 28th. It will be two days of speakers, workshops, networking and fellowship with members of the adoption constellation from all over. Pam Kroskie, Marcie Keithley and Jennifer Fahlsing head up another amazing team of advocates for adoptee rights and adoption-centered events. This year, my adoptee friends/colleagues: Lynn Grubb, Laureen Pittman, Marcie Keithley and I will be participating in an author panel discussing our experiences in adoption and Writing Our Truths. We hope to cover the creative writing process, helpful advice for how to pursue writing and stick with it, publishing options, promoting and marketing your written work plus fielding questions from members who join us. This gathering will also feature classes in yoga, genetic genealogy, search & reunion, loss, adoptees in recovery, fun merchandise for purchase and so much more.

Here is the IAN site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indiana-adoptee-network-4th-annual-conference-tickets-70225449209

For anyone reading this entry, I hope you can find a way to attend an adoption-themed conference, sometime, somewhere. It is very powerful and inspiring to be in rooms filled with kindred spirits because our lives have all been touched by the same general thing: Adoption. I would attend both of these worthy events if it were possible. No matter how many conferences I go to, after all these years of experience, it is always a best decision to go and it’s totally worth it.

Attending an adoption conference is a form of self-care. It’s about connectedness, learning, and friendships. There are moments when you feel in the presence of rock stars, and there are times to reflect on your own priorities and needs. It’s a unique retreat. Just go and be. You will not be sorry.

Oh, and have fun!

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  • Joy Smith  On February 26, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    I would love to go, or even to organise an adoptee conference. Any suggestions where to start would be gratefully received. Blessings J x

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