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A Journey with Many Paths

June 14, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Presenter: Dr. Jackie Wilson

Learn from Dr. Jackie Wilson, CEO of Three Rivers Adoption Council and Social Work Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, about how to successfully transition from college into a career in adoption. Dr. Wilson shared: what entry-level jobs are available in adoption, the skills that are needed to successfully perform these jobs, what to expect during your first year of employment and with your first set of clients, and how to manage up with your supervisor, impress your ED, and collaborate well with your colleagues.

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A long and rewarding career in service to children and families

August 9, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Presenter: Ernesto Loperena

From permanency planning for children affected by natural disasters, terrorist attacks, epidemics, Mr. Ernesto Loperena will share examples of how the skills he brought to bear as an adoption worker had a positive impact on lives of New York City children. As a former Executive Director of the New York Council on Adoptable Children who built his career on developing strong relationships and sustaining effective partnerships, Mr. Loperena will offer advice about how to manage your career in adoption and navigate changes in the field. Students, early career professionals, and mid-managers will enjoy a rare opportunity to seek advice from Mr. Loperena. He will share helpful tips from decades of experience to remain inspired, encouraged, and committed to serve children, while enjoying a long and rewarding career in adoption.

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Working to make unadoptable unacceptable

October 11, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Presenter: Sarah Stevens

Working to normalize the notion that unadoptable is unacceptable, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) has spent more than a decade implementing Wendy's Wonderful Kids, a child-focused recruitment initiative with sites across North America. Sarah Stevens, Director of Training at DTFA, will describe what makes this evidence-based practice model successful in finding homes for those children and youth most at risk of aging out of care. As DTFA scales their model, Ms. Stevens will describe the qualities and skills DTFA seeks in their recruiters as well as share opportunities to join the Wendy's Wonderful Kids team.

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