2017 Conference – Parenting Through Adoption

Parenting Through Adoption 2017
Wheaton College* – Wheaton, IL
Saturday, March 4, 2019

 

Thanks for attending everyone!

 

CAFFA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 23rd full day Parenting Through Adoption Conference! We have an exciting lineup of Speakers, Exhibitors, and Sponsors. Our day will also feature numerous workshops for pre-adoptive, foster, waiting, and experienced parents, as well as for Adoption Professionals. As always, we will offer shopping from Fair Trade vendors and an Exhibitor Hall to make sure you leave with a headful of information and an armload of resources!

Great news! We have been approved for 6 hours of Illinois foster care license / training for prospective parents, and 6 CEU education hours for adoption professionals seeking Social Worker credits.

Finally, anyone involved with adoption is welcome to attend, regardless of CAFFA membership.

The deadline for all registrations is February 19, 2017. Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee includes breakfast, lunch buffet, access to all conference areas, and certificates of attendance for those requesting documentation for foster care license renewal hours.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

We are thrilled to introduce you to our Keynote Speaker for our event!  We will kick off our conference with “Raising a Family Through the Lens of Adoption,” featuring inspiring, thought provoking real-life stories from Carrie Goldman.

About Carrie Goldman

Carrie Goldman is an award-winning author and speaker, having written for The New York Times, CNN, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Brain Child Magazine, Adoption.net, Babble, Alternet, and more. She has made appearances on NPR, BBC, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, Fox, HLN, HuffPost Live and Mondays with Marlo, along with countless other media outlets. In addition to her expertise in bullying dynamics, Carrie writes one of the nation’s premier adoption blogs, Portrait of an Adoption, which has followers in more than 45 countries. Her acclaimed children’s book, Jazzy’s Quest: Adopted and Amazing, came out in June of 2015.  Her latest book, Jazzy's Quest: What Matters Most (Volume 2) was just released in November 2016.

Carrie received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management. She is also an award-winning artist, and her oil paintings have been featured in galleries and juried shows across the country. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three young daughters, where they all enjoy reading, gardening, eating chocolate, and playing outside as a family.

We believe Carrie will offer an educational and moving presentation that is not to be missed!

SPONSORS

CAFFA is grateful to announce our partnership with the following individuals and organizations. Their generous contributions have made this conference possible and have enabled CAFFA to underwrite portions of our conference costs. A very heartfelt THANK YOU to each of our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Chicago Area Families for Adoption

Chicago Area Families for Adoption



Gold Sponsors

Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center Everlasting Adoptions

Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center

Everlasting Adoptions


Gillespie Law Group, LLC Holt-Sunny Ridge

Gillespie Law Group, LLC

Holt-Sunny Ridge


House Calls Counseling Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS)

House Calls Counseling

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS)



Silver Sponsors

Calo Programs Law Office of Denise Patton

Calo Programs

Law Office of Denise Patton


RG Adoption Consulting Sheila A. Maloney Attorney at Law

RG Adoption Consulting

Sheila A. Maloney Attorney at Law


Shelley B. Ballard P.C., Attorney at Law

Shelley B. Ballard P.C., Attorney at Law



Bronze Sponsors

The Adoption Consultancy Law Offices of Sally Wildman

The Adoption Consultancy

Law Offices of Sally Wildman



If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Conference Sponsor, please click here: Sponsor Registration.

AGENDA AND WORKSHOPS

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EXHIBITORS AND VENDORS

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MEAL INFORMATION


ACCOMMODATIONS

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*IMPORTANT NOTES

This conference is not a function of Wheaton College - all inquiries regarding this event should be directed to CAFFA only - thank you.

Please provide a current email address when filling out your registration form. Important updates regarding the conference will be sent via email. Your email address will be used by CAFFA only and not shared with anyone else.

Partial refunds will be considered on a case by case basis through February 14, 2017. Beginning February 15, all conference fees are non-refundable.

No audio or videotaping.

No infants or children please.

This conference website will be continuously updated with any informational changes, as well as updates to our Sponsor and Exhibitor listings.