Exploring Paths of Hope: 36th Annual Infertility, Adoption, & Family Building Summit

Date TBD
Location TBD

10/26/2021 Update

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Summit. We know this event brings hundreds of people together to learn, make connections, and gain support. For those of you who planned to attend, we urge you to find support through RESOLVE’s virtual support groups and to find information and resources on this site.

Our current co-chairs (Lisa Houts and Julie Berman) will be stepping down after 15-20 years of service.  For this event to take shape in the future, we will need new leadership.

The new leader(s) of the Summit will:

  • Be responsible for all aspects of the Summit
  • Organize and work with a team of volunteers
  • Work with RESOLVE staff to determine what the Summit will be going forward (e.g., Should it be virtual? In-person? Both? National? Local? Etc.)
  • Receive support and mentoring from Lisa and Julie

If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of those struggling to build families, please send an email to Julie Berman at resolvejulie@gmail.com by November 23, 2021. If we don’t have volunteers to take over the event, it will not happen.

We hope you are well and safe and taking care of yourself during this difficult time.

Have you been trying to conceive for more than 6 months? THIS SUMMIT IS FOR YOU!

About this Summit

  • FREE expert advice from Reproductive Endocrinologists, Adoption Agencies, Complementary Therapy Practitioners, Attorneys, Mental Health Experts and other fertility and adoption specialists
  • FREE giveaways
  • One of the largest Summits of its type in the coutry

Midwest Family Building Summit LogoRESOLVE is proud to present its annual Midwest Family Building Summit each Fall. This Summit is designed to address the physical and emotional issues associated with infertility and adoption. Attendees will learn about new treatments, be able to talk directly to doctors and specialists, explore parenting options and network with others experiencing infertility. Medical experts, attorneys, counseling professionals, adoption agencies, and those who have experienced infertility firsthand will provide information regarding all aspects of your family building journey. We welcome everyone looking for support and information while trying to build their family. That includes individuals and couples, heterosexual and same-sex.

Infertility and adoption services and merchandise will be given away. Each Main Registrant will automatically be entered. Must be present to win.

Testimonials from Past Summits

  • The Summit helped shine a light for me and gave me hope.
  • Best adoption stories I have probably ever heard. A ‘must’ for people who are considering this.
  • All of the speakers seemed very in-tune with their field and with where we were at. I liked that they had really good rapport w/one another.
  • Wow! I’m amazed at how candid the speakers were! I’m grateful for them sharing their experience.
  • The combination of personal stories and professional information/perspective was very good.
  • I truly believe that I would not have the family I have today had I not attended your Family Building Summit.

2019 Keynote Speaker

Kate Raddatz
Kate Raddatz, WCCO-TV

Kate Raddatz is an award-winning reporter for WCCO-TV and a frequent guest co-host on The Dave Ryan Show on 101.3 KDWB. She and her husband, John, have had a remarkable journey to parenthood. Kate shared the ups and downs and triumphs and losses they experienced while building their family.

Volunteer Information

Whether you have an hour during the day of the Summit or would like to help plan it, we need you! If you are interested in volunteering before or during the Summit, please email resolvejulie@gmail.com.

Location Information

Location TBA near Minneapolis, MN

Hotel Information

We had people join us from 15 states in 2019. We hope you join us. We will post hotel info for those who are coming from out of town in summer/fall 2021.

The ART of InfertilityART of Infertility logo

The ART of Infertility showcased several pieces from their collection as well as debuting new works from local artists.

The ART of Infertility is a national arts organization based in Michigan. Through art, they break the silence around reproductive grief and push back against common misconceptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering what the day is like? Not sure if it right for you? Check out our frequently asked questions.

Thank you 2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Center for Reproductive Medicine logoPremier Gift Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

CCRM LogoFerring Pharmaceuticals Logo

Mayo Clinic Logo

Snyder Law Firm

Gift Sponsors

Farcical Fertility Logo

Snyder Law Firm

Lunch Sponsor

Clinic Sofia Logo

D'Amico & Sons

Afternoon Break Sponsors

Galen US

Special Angels Adoption

Online registration will open in late summer/early fall 2021.

Interested in sponsoring the Midwest Family Building Summit? Download our partnership packet or fill it out online. Please email Lisa at resolveLisa@gmail.com with any questions.

Please be aware that RESOLVE events are open to everyone in all the various stages of their family building journey. We are sensitive to the emotions of all involved and want to inform you that attendees, volunteers, speakers and exhibitors may include those recently diagnosed, in treatment, expecting, and resolved. Please no children, childcare is not available at this event.