Meet, Share, Write (vol. 1)

In “Meet, Share, Write” we will be publicizing ways open adoption bloggers (and readers) can meet up, learn, and offer their own knowledge and experience beyond the blogging world. Do you have a conference, call for proposals, or other opportunity you think may be of interest to our blogging network? Let us know.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

  • “Create the Next Wave,” the annual conference of the American Adoption Congress (AAC) in partnership with Adoption Network Cleveland
    April 10-14, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Adoption: A Life Long Journey” by PACT
    March 9, 2013 in Oakland, California
    The list of presenters (including authors/advocates Brenda Romanchik, Joyce Maguire Pavao, and Beth Hall) and workshops (PDF) is really impressive. Definitely worth checking out!

CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

  • The deadline for this one is just a few days away, but I thought it was still worth letting you know about. Editors are seeking essay submissions for a new anthology, The Spirit of Adoption: Writers on Religion, Adoption, Faith, and More. The collection will “feature stories by adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents who have considered the complex relationship between religion and adoption, and who have tried to make meaning of adoption through the lens of their own faith perspective.” Submissions guidelines are here; deadline is January 15.
  • The National Council for Adoption is accepting presentation proposals for its 2013 National Adoption Conference to be held June 13-14, 2013 in Orlando. More information is at the NCFA website; proposals are due January 25.
  • The American Adoption Congress is celebrating the art of those touched by adoption as part of its conference, “Create the Next Wave” (see above). Submissions from both professional artists and amateurs are welcome. More information is here; the application deadline is January 31.
  • CQT Media and Publishing/Land of Gazillion Adoptees is seeking essays from adoptive parents whose sons and daughters are over 18 years old for an upcoming anthology called Lessons Learned: Adoptive Parents Speak Out About Adoption. There are more details here; submissions are due by February 28.

STUDIES SEEKING PARTICIPANTS

  • OAB contributor Kat Cooley, MSW, is conducting independent research about technology, social media, and open adoption communication. She explains, “I hope to not only be able to explain what we’re doing now that works, but also provide information for those new to open adoption (and the professionals that work with them).” You can participate by taking her short online survey.