attended NCFA/JCICS Putting Families First Conference


By Josh Redfern, LCSW // Utah Director of Social Work

Every summer the National Council for Adoption and the Joint Council on International Children’s Services put on conferences on adoption-related issues. Experts from all over the world come to discuss how to continue to improve services for those in the adoption triad. This year, the two groups put on a wonderful conference jointly in Arlington, Virginia (just outside of Washington, DC). had an informational booth at the event to share with the adoption world what services we have available. We were able to meet with a lot of other great adoption service providers and adoption resources providers. We great discussions with professionals and organizations that can really help us continue to imporove our services.

I, as the Director of Social Work in Utah, attended many of the classes, as well. It’s always good to hear about advancements of understanding in adoption. Particularly interesting to me were a couple of classes on Post Adoption Services and one great one on Birth Parent care.

One particulary engaging speaker shared her experiences about bringing Half-American/Half-Vietnamese (mostly children of US Servicemen during the war there) to the US during a particularly difficult time of the Vitenam world. You can read up and see some videos about this from LeAnn Thieman here.

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