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Indiana Adoptee Network 4th Annual Conference

Indiana Adoptee Network

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Indiana Adoptee Network 4th Annual Conference

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee
Friday & Saturday   more info 3 Tickets May 14, 2021 $195.00 $10.74
Included Friday sessions and evening entertainment. Plus a box lunch and snacks.
5 Tickets May 14, 2021 $115.00 $6.74
Includes Saturday sessions only - No Friday Night Entertainment. Plus a box lunch and snacks.
8 Tickets May 14, 2021 $115.00 $6.74
Late Registration
Includes Friday Sessions, Friday Evening Entertainment, and Saturday Sessions. Plus a box lunch and snacks both days.
10 Tickets Not Started $215.00 $11.74
Hi, My Name is Kristen A one-woman show by Kristen Garaffo   more info 18 Tickets May 21, 2021 $20.00 $1.99

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If you have never been to an adoptee conference it will rock your world to be surrounded by 100+ people who just get "it". Our attendees, adoptees & first parents, come from all across the US.

This conference is for Adopted persons, first family members, adoptive families, professionals and anyone wanting to learn more about the lifelong journey of adoption. We’ll dive into groundbreaking topics including keynotes by some of the most respected leaders in the adoption community.

In addition to Keynotes and Entertainment, Indiana Adoptee Network’s Spring 2020 Conference will feature a series of workshops to assist attendees from any state who have recently gained access to their records, those that are still denied access along with adoptees & parents at all stages of search & reunion.



Pamela Cordano, MFT is a psychotherapist and adoptee from California who is passionate about healing in the community. Most of her work over 27 years has been focused on clients who experience serious illness or tragedy, where life was one way and suddenly changed on a dime. She later realized the trauma of this population mirrored her early life experience and that of many adoptees. Inspired by Viktor Frankl, Pam helps clients identify and cultivate what is uniquely meaningful to them, which allows for increased vitality and new possibilities. What excites her the most is helping people move from despair to finding a deeper Yes to their own lives. Pam is particularly interested in the power of a healthy community to help in the healing process. She leads weekly Meaning Groups in her private practice and facilitates healing retreats for adoptees and other populations locally and internationally. Recently, Pam has begun integrating community and travel by bringing groups of adults on healing journeys to the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

The Extraordinary Superpowers of Adoptees article:

Decolonizing Adoption: Addressing the Traumatic Impacts of Oppression and Marginalization

Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW-S, PLLC (she, her, hers) is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed child-placing administrator, and TSBSWE-Board approved clinical supervisor through the State of Texas. She is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner and Trainer. She is the Regional 3 Representative for the NASW-Texas State Board of Directors.

She is a senior psychotherapist with the University of Texas at Dallas' Student Counseling Center serving the diverse mental health needs of UTD's student population. Melanie is also the founder and owner of a private practice in North Dallas where she specializes in working with clients who have experienced complex trauma. She has served as the Clinical Director of Post Adoption Services for a non-profit counseling center in Dallas, Texas, supervising and training social work and counselor interns in attachment, neurodevelopment, and trauma-informed care. In addition, she has worked in the field of child welfare, medical social work, and womxn’s issues since 1999. Her passion includes education and training others to help lift the voices of marginalized and oppressed groups, particularly womxn of color and transracial adoptees, to combat mental health stigma, address sexual assault, and fight discrimination both nationally and globally.



Hi, My Name is Kristen
A one-woman show by Kristen Garaffo

Kristen Garaffo is an AEA actor and singer based in Washington DC. Kristen has worked at Fords Theatre, Folger Theatre, Adventure Theatre, and 1st Stage, among others.

Kristen was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, and adopted as an infant, and she’s passionate about sharing her story as an international adoptee. Her one-woman show, “Hi, My Name is Kristen” is about her life as a performer and adoptee, and will premier at the Indiana Adoptee Network conference this Spring. She is currently writing a musical based on her search for her biological mother.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport
6089 Clarks Creek Road
Plainfield, IN 46168

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Indiana Adoptee Network

Indiana Adoptee Network, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of our Hoosier families that have been touched by Adoption with an emphasis on education and empowerment. We recognize and respect each individual, regardless of where they are in their Adoption walk and strive to provide solutions, resources, and connections for Adoptees and their families.

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