A March to Change: Healing Through Action

April 5, 2017 – April 8, 2017
Grand Hyatt In Buckhead
Atlanta, Georgia

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On Behalf of the American Adoption Congress Board of Directors and AAC Conference Planning Committee, we would like to welcome you to the 38th Annual International Conference, A March To Change: Healing Through Action! This year’s conference is held in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is one
of the South’s most exciting destination. Within walking distance of the Hyatt Grand, you will find hot restaurants, cool neighborhoods, world-class shopping, sports, concerts and attractions. Also, there is a beautiful and serene Japanese Zen Garden and relaxing pool to find a quiet moment.

Our conference features many amazing and diverse presenters who will cover a wide range of topics in adoption and foster care, focusing on search and reunion, legislation, DNA and loss and trauma. There will also be support groups, films, performance art and much, much more! Please mingle, learn and share! We hope you leave having gained a wealth of knowledge, new friendships and lasting memories.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 5 as we kick off the conference with an AAC Open House, from 3-5 p.m. on the East/West Terraces (weather permitting). This event will be held in Cassis Resturant if there is rain or bad weather.

We look forward to healing, connecting and making changes together with you!

Keynote Speakers

Rob Gent
Wednesday – April 5, 2017 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The Neurobiological Impact of Relinquishment and Adoption: Creating a framework for Healing

Dr. Ruth McRoy
Thursday – April 6, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Changing Adoption Practices and Policies: Implications for Adopted Children,
Birthparents, Adoptive Families and Professionals

Blaine Bettinger
Friday – April 7, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Revealing Your Genetic Heritage With DNA

Dr. Chiatra Wirta / Kathy Mackecheny
Saturday – April 8, 2017 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Thoughtful & Intentional Recruitment Language in
Adoption & Foster Care