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Helping Children Thrive: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Evaluating Children Adopted or in Foster Care

Monday, July 18th, 2022

Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
(Live Recording Offered)

The Adoption Medicine Clinic (AMC) is excited to host the second annual AMC Symposium: Helping Children Thrive which takes a multidisciplinary approach to assessing and caring for children who have been adopted internationally, domestically, or are in foster/kinship care. This is a 1-day educational conference for social workers, physicians, psychologists, behavioral therapists, occupational therapists and families to learn about AMC research, practices and advocacy. Through focused and collaborative sessions, attendees will learn about the power of the AMC’s interdisciplinary team approach through a series of lectures, case studies and discussions. This year’s conference will have a primary focus on school age children.




9:00 a.m. Welcome & Importance of Medicine Specific to the Adoption & Foster Care Community 
Judith Eckerle, MD

9:15 a.m. Partnering with School Support Services
Megan Bresnahan, OTR/L & Kimara Gustafson, MD, PhD

10:00 a.m. Break

10:05 a.m. Developmental Pediatricians: Supporting Professionals & Families Who are Involved with Foster Care, Adoption & Trauma
Adam Langenfeld, MD, PhD

10:45 a.m. Basic Assessments & Components of the FASD & Neuropsych Screening in Children
Noel Slesinger, PhD

11:25 a.m. Lunch

12:20 p.m. Family Story

12:50 p.m. Attachment Relationships in School Age Children with Histories of Early Trauma
Maria Kroupina, PhD & Kathaleen Stone, PhD

1:35 p.m. Break

1:40 p.m. Panel, Case Studies & Discussion

2:20 - 2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks & Final Questions


The Adoption Medicine Clinic Symposium is made possible by the generous donations from the Dana Johnson Sociey and funding through DHS.

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