Call for Workshop Proposals

 

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
40th Annual AAC Conference – April 3-6, 2019
Washington, DC
 
The American Adoption Congress is now accepting workshop proposals for the 40th AAC Conference scheduled for April 3 - 6 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Washington DC. Titled “Honoring Our History; Welcoming Our Future”, this event provides a unique opportunity for all those touched by adoption to learn from the experts. These workshops will let you share your expertise and experiences with those on the front lines directly involved in the adoption constellation, as well as with those whose lives are touched by the loss of family continuity. Last year at our Town Hall meeting in Albuquerque, participants asked for more panels of speakers so we encourage workshop proposals by both individuals and group panelists.

You are warmly invited to become part of the conference by submitting a workshop/panel proposal. Below you will find a list of suggested topics as well as guidelines for your submissions. We also welcome your original ideas and we will consider any idea that gives voice to the ongoing needs of the adoption community.
 
Workshops may be 60 or 90 minutes in length including question and answer time. Due to the scheduling complexities of mixing workshop times, we may need to ask some to switch from 90 to 60 minutes and we thank you in advance for your understanding.

Workshop Topic Suggestions:
  • Assisted reproduction technologies…who are the parents?
  • LGBTQ adoption issues
  • Joys and challenges of transracial adoption
  • Keys to reunion success
  • Adopting through Foster Care Systems
  • Difficult reunions
  • The spouse during a search/reunion
  • Mental health, is adoption crazy?
  • Birthfather panel
  • Choosing a competent adoption therapist
  • Birthmothers, telling your subsequent children
  • How to do an internet search
  • Passing OBC legislation
  • Ethics in intercountry adoption
  • Late discovery adoptees: “Am I adopted?”
  • After the reunion’s honeymoon period
  • Opening a closed adoption
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Format: Proposals should be no more than one page. If multiple workshops are submitted by one presenter, a separate and complete proposal must be submitted for each workshop.
 
Title: Short titles please! (40 characters maximum). AAC reserves the right to shorten/change the title of a workshop.

Description: This will appear in the conference brochure and program. Description should be between 25 and 50 words and give attendees a sense of what to expect. AAC reserves the right to edit as needed.
Target audience: Is your workshop geared toward birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents or professionals? If it is aimed at professionals, please indicate whether the level is introductory or advanced.
Content/objectives: Clearly list 2 or 3 objectives of your workshop – what will your audience learn as a result of your presentation.
Type of presentation: Will your session be a lecture presentation, group discussion or an active participation workshop/panel?
Lead presenter: List lead presenter name with title (degrees), affiliation and triad position. Give mailing address, both day and evening telephone numbers and email address. Provide a brief resume covering all relevant personal and professional experience as it relates to your topic.

Room set-up:  Theater, circle, number of tables required, etc.?

Audio/Visual:    Please indicate if you will require audio/visual equipment. However, handouts are preferred by most attendees and help defer hotel audio visual conference costs.
 
Workshop proposals can be submitted at: 2019WorkshopProposals@gmail.com 

ALL PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY November 30, 2018.

 
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE 40th Anniversary celebration at the 2019 AAC CONFERENCE!