Below are the handouts for the NACAC conference and the lunch session join links.

Wednesday, August 26

It’s All About the Presentation
Michael Sanders, MSW, LISW, 220 Experience, Georgia; Jamole Callahan, 220 Experience, Ohio; & Adrian McLemore, 220 Experience, Maryland

Handout: W01_Sanders_Handout

Hitting the Mark! Targeted Recruitment Strategies
Denise Goodman, PhD, trainer/consultant, Ohio




Adoption and Other Options for Teens
Barry Chaffkin, LCSW, & Bryan Hill, LMSW, Fostering Change for Children, New York

Handout: W03_Chaffkin_ Handout

Keeping Children Connected through Adoption or Guardianship with Kin
Jeanette Willis, Sheri Abbey, MSW, & Lois Miller, Advantage Adoptions – OCOC, Texas

Handout: W04_Willis_handout

The Depth and Power of an Adoption Belief System
Jack Brennan, Family Focus Adoption Services, New York

Handout: W05_Jack Brennan_Handout


Thursday, August 27

Top 10 Things We Need to Know about Permanency
Karen Moore, RSW, Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth, Ontario

Handout: W06_Moore_Handout

Helping Children Heal from Trauma
Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow, ChildTrauma Academy, Texas

Resources related to the session:


The Correcting Strategies of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®)
Daren Jones, LMSW, Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, Texas

Handout: W08_Jones_Handout

Joy and Sorrow in the Same Cup: Addressing Grief and Loss in Adoption/Permanency
Allison Davis Maxon, LMFT, National Center on Adoption and Permanency, California


Listening to Those with Lived Experience
April Dinwoodie, June in April LLC, New York; Tia Van Fleet, Alberta; Jarel Skinner-Melendez, New York; & Zoe Bourgeois, New Brunswick

No handout


Friday, August 28

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from a Trauma Lens
Barb Clark, North American Council on Adoptable Children, Minnesota

Handout: W11_Clark_FASD_Presentation

Becoming a Behavioral Detective
Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR, Relationship Matters, British Columbia

Handout: W12_Barthel_Handout

Lunch Discussion*:
NACAC Program and Services, NACAC staff


Thriving!: Moving Beyond Trauma-Informed to Nurturing Resilience
Sue Badeau, Badeau Family Books and Consulting, Pennsylvania



Emotional Regulatory Healing
Jules Alvarado, MA, LPC, Alvarado Consulting and Treatment Group, Colorado


Self Care Isn’t Selfish
Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH, BraveBrains, Delaware

Handout: W15_Sinarski_SelfCare

Saturday, August 29

Rethinking Challenging Behaviors: Strategies for Parenting Success
Ed Morales, MPP, MSW, LICSW, Socorro Consulting, Minnesota


Promoting and Supporting Racial Identity and Racial Justice for Transracial Adopted Persons and Families
JaeRan Kim, PhD, University of Washington Tacoma, Social Work and Criminal Justice



Executive Function: The Missing Diagnosis
John Sobraske, LMHC, LMFT, adoption psychotherapist, New York


Understanding Openness: From Grief and Loss to Navigating Tough Cases
Angie McMullen & Brandi Kennedy, Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia


Laughing (Together) in the Face of Challenges: Building Attachment Through Trauma-Informed Parenting
Kim Stevens, M.Ed., North American Council on Adoptable Children, Vermont



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