FAMILY BUILDING OPTIONS AND THE ROLE OF THE CLINICIAN

Adoption, Surrogacy & Assisted Reproduction Technology

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MAY 2, 2017

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

OVERVIEW

The path to family building options in the 21st century are vast. Social workers play a major role in this family building process. This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to individuals and families at any stage of family building through adoption, surrogacy or other Artificial Reproductive Technologies (ART) options. It will increase attendee’s knowledge base on the intersection of specific issues (e.g. alternatives to parenthood, multi-racial and multi-transcultural families, special needs and older child adoption, open adoption, advocacy, the Internet and clinical treatment options).

Now more than ever, as the resources for family building continue to expand, the role of social work and human services with experience in the adoption field can prepare those working in other ART areas to work with individuals and families. This conference will identify clinical issues and explore effective social work interventions to address family building options. The voice of professionals and adoptive family members themselves will play an important role in all conference presentations.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to: 

  • Define at least one specific way to increase quality of care to the adoption and ART communities through attendance at plenary and focused workshops.
  • Grasp current major best practice interventions and support models in the ART field.
  • Identify and explore practice ideas that support knowledge advancement for the field, in order to best improve ART outcomes.
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    

Featured PRESENTERS:

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Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW (Moderator)
TheAdoptionMaven, LLC


Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW is a New York and New Jersey licensed social worker, adoptive mom and advocate for ethical adoption practice. She has prepared thousands of adoption homestudies, counseled adoptive parents and parents-to-be, and has trained professionals to work with adoptive families. She was Director of the Ametz Adoption Program of JCCA (March 1992 to March 2015), Head Writer for Adoption.net and a member of the Advisory Board for POV’s Adoption Series. She is currently a member of the Adoption Advisory Board of Path2Parenthood and active in the Adoptive Parents Committee in New York (including being the 2016 Conference Keynote). She lives in New York City where she has a private practice specializing in adoption and adoptive parenting. She was named an “Angel in Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in 2001.

Additional Speakers:
  • Susan H. Badeau, Author, Speaker, Adoptive Parent, Consultant
  • Amanda L. Baden, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist NY, Associate Professor, Montclair State University
  • April Dinwoodie, Chief Executive, The Donaldson Adoption Institute, Inc.
  • Joseph Driscoll, Co-Founder, First Steps Advertising for Adoption
  • Brian K. Esser, Esq., Law Office of Brian Esser
  • Robin A. Fleischner, JD, Attorney at Law
  • Wendy Freund, MSEd., LCSW, Psychotherapist
  • Laurie B. Goldheim, Esq., Law Offices of Laurie B. Goldheim
  • Jeff Levin, Family Planning and Health Coordinator Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
  • Tara Linh Leaman, JD, Program Director, Westchester Building Futures - Westchester County Department of Social Services
  • Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW, Private Practice
  • Joni S. Mantell, MSW, LCSW, Psychoanalyst, Director of Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center

  • John O'Keefe, BFA, Foster and Adoptive Parent

  • Sharon (O'Keefe) Sorrentino, PhD, Foster and Adoptive Parent