Conference Asks `What’s Working’ and `What’s Available’ to Help Families Succeed?

Placing a child or youth into a new family is the start of a process, not the culmination of one, especially if that young person has experienced early-life maltreatment or trauma. Getting help to enable the child/youth and family to be successful is a positive, empowering and often necessary thing to do, but many adoptive parents don’t know where to begin looking for appropriate connections, resources or support.

“Bridging the Post-Adoption Gap,” a first-of-its kind educational conference for the Western North Carolina region, is designed to provide a starting point, and much more for adoptive, kinship and guardianship families of all kinds, regardless of whether their children were placed domestically as infants, via international routes or from the foster care system.. The event will be held 25 minutes from Asheville at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center, Waynesville, NC on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

The conference will provide an opportunity for families to hear from and ask questions of  Adam Pertman, President of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and one of our country’s leading experts on adoption and foster care; to find out what’s available and what’s working in our region and our state; and provide an interactive session for families to connect with other people just like themselves to exchange information, share resources and begin creating their own solutions.

The afternoon session will include panelists addressing the need for support services extending to young adults. Panelists include: Kimberly Best, the State Permanency Coordinator for North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Rebecca Long, Clinical Psychologist, The Long Center for Psychology, PLLC; an adoptive mom and young adult adopted from foster care.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a time when the media often tell the stories of the children and families who experience the heartwarming, inspirational and sometimes-complex issues surrounding adoption, foster care, kinship care and guardianship. “Bridging the Adoption Gap” will offer journalists a unique opportunity to talk to experts and families about those issues and their personal impact. Reporters and editors: Please contact Carrie Lauterbach at or call 828-242-4427 to request interviews and arrange credentials.

“We’re very excited to be holding this event as a way to learn from families what they need and give them a space to connect and share resources. It is our hope to come away from this event with new solutions to fill the post-adoption gap in WNC.” Carrie Lauterbach, Children’s Hope Alliance.   To register or to get more information, including speaker bios and the agenda, go to If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Lauterbach at