2022 Concerned United Birthparents' (CUB) Retreat

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2022 Concerned United Birthparents' (CUB) Retreat

Join us for the 2022 Concerned United Birthparents' (CUB) retreat in Tampa, FL on October 14-16, 2021.

When and where

Date and time

Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Rocky Point Waterfront 3050 North Rocky Point Drive West Tampa, FL 33607

Map and directions

How to get there

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About this event

We are so excited to be hosting our annual retreat this year and hope you consider joining us for a weekend of learning, connection, and healing. We have some terrific sessions planned with authors, therapists, nonprofit founders, filmmakers, and much more. But don't worry, we have plenty of time baked in to just relax and connect with each other, something we know is always important to our retreat attendees. We welcome anyone to attend our retreat including birth/first mothers, fathers, siblings, adoptees, adoptive families, and professionals who work with our community. Included with your registration will be breakfast and dinner on both Friday and Saturday as well as brunch on Sunday.

Here's a look at our schedule so far. Like anything these days, please note the schedule is subject to change but we'll try to keep this as up to date as possible. You will also find information about our hotel and air/ground transportation.

Schedule

Thursday Oct. 13

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. National CUB Board Meeting

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite for Greets, Treats and Drinks

Friday Oct. 14

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Hosted Breakfast

10:00 a.m - 10:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks by CUB President

10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Adoption Coercion Today with Renee Gelin (Founder, Saving Our Sisters) & Kathryn Joyce (Author, "The Child Catchers") & Christopher Emanuel (Founder, Sky Is the Limit)

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Free Time

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Living With The Loss of Genetic Continuity with Leslie Mackinnon, LCSW & Kara Rubinstein Deyerin (CEO, Right To Know)

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Support Groups

6:00 p.m. Hosted Dinner

8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Film: Daughter of a Lost Bird followed by Q&A with reunited mother, April Kowalski

9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite for Greets, Treats & Drinks

Saturday Oct. 15

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Hosted Breakfast

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Author Panel - Truth Telling: Mothers Share Their Stories of Adoption Loss and Healing with Candace Cahill ("Goodbye Again: A Memoir") & Cathryn Vogeley ("I Need to Tell You")

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Film Preview - All You Have Is Love: Demand, Deception and the Infant Adoption Industry with filmmaker Lisa Scott

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Free Time

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Healing from Trauma with Macy Oosthuizen, LCSW & Marcie Keithley (Author, "The Shoebox Effect")

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Support Groups

6:00 p.m. Hosted Dinner

8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Live Performance: The Good Adoptee, written and directed by Suzanne Bachner, performed by Kat Nardizzi. Q & A directly following with Suzanne, Kat and dramaturg Bob Brader

9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite for Greets, Treats & Drinks

Sunday Oct. 16

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Hosted Brunch & Closing Remarks

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Hotel/Accommodations

Our venue and hotel for the retreat will be the DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Rocky Point Waterfront located at 3050 N Rocky Point Dr W., Tampa, FL 33607.

Book your room here within our block where your rate is $169/per night if you book by September 23. If you have trouble online, use Group Code "CRD" or call to make your desired reservation with Kelly Nixon at 813-739-8833. Rates available for the 3 days prior and after the retreat as long as you book by September 23.

If you are interested in finding a roommate to share a hotel room with at the retreat, you can sign up here: 2022 CUB Retreat: Roommate Request Sign-Up. Note: CUB is not responsible for roommate matching or booking your room with the hotel. We are simply providing a way for you to connect with other attendees who are interested in sharing a room at the retreat. It's up to you to coordinate and book your room after signing up.

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Air/Ground Transportation

We know many of you travel from all over to join us for our retreat. The hotel is only 2 miles from Tampa International Airport (TPA) where you are sure to find many flights from your hometown area. The hotel does not operate a shuttle service so taxi and ride apps are your best options for transportation between TPA and the hotel. Fares vary depending on the time of day your ride is requested.

The next nearest airport is St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE) is approx. 20 miles away.

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Scholarships

We will be awarding scholarships for the 2022 CUB Retreat. If you would like to attend but think it might not be possible due to financial concerns, consider applying for a scholarship. Funds are discretionary but usually include full retreat registration, a one-year CUB membership, and additional stipends to cover some or all other travel costs.

Birth/first parents, adoptees, adoption professionals, and all other adoption constellation members who would not otherwise have the means to attend our annual retreat are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Apply for a scholarship

Deadline to apply is September 1, 2022. Recipients will be notified by September 10, 2022.

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