Exploring Paths of Hope: 34th Annual Infertility & Adoption Family Building Summit

Saturday, November 10, 2018
7:45AM – 5:15PM
Bloomington, MN
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Schedule of Events:

7:45AM – 8:30AM Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors
8:30AM – 9:30AM Welcoming Words & Keynote Speaker – includes key info and logistics for the day
9:45AM-4:30PM “The Professional Is In” – Various specialists provide consultations at 15-minute intervals. Must sign up day of conference – on a first come, first served basis.
9:45AM-11:00AM Breakout Session 1
11:15AM-12:30PM Breakout Session 2
12:30PM-1:15PM Lunch with Table-Talk Discussions – sign up for your topic(s) during registration
1:30PM-3:00PM Breakout Session 3
3:00PM Afternoon Snack
3:15PM-4:30PM Breakout Session 4
4:45PM-5:15PM Closing Remarks & Giveaway – must be present to win

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Workshop Sessions and Speakers

We have an incredible line up of family-building professionals and people who have been there! Sessions are led by various experts in the family-building field including reproductive endocrinologists, mental health practitioners, attorneys, complementary medicine practitioners, adoption professionals and by individuals and couples who have built their family with the help of medical treatments, through adoption, or have chosen to live child-free.

You will be able to choose any combination of 4 workshops per person. Please note that all sessions, times, and speakers are subject to change.

1st Breakout Session (9:45-11:00 a.m.)

Infertility 101
Make sure you’ve covered all the possible bases. Female and male fertility work-up and how to be your own advocate. What to expect emotionally. This session is perfect for newly diagnosed patients and supporters of all patients.
Speakers: Physicians and a mental health practitioner

Bonding and Attachment in Adoption
Gain an understanding of how bonding and attachment happen in adoptive families, the similarities and differences with parenting by birth and by adoption, and the common fears about loving a child who was adopted.
Speakers: Adoption professionals and people who adopted will share their experience with bonding and attachment

Donor Egg/Donor Sperm
Have you considered using donor egg or donor sperm as a resolution to your infertility? Explore these third-party options with experts and people who have built their family with donor egg or donor sperm. This session covers finding a donor, costs, the relevant laws, mental health considerations and more.
Speakers: Family-building professionals and individuals and/or couples who built their families using donor egg and/or donor sperm

Adoption Stories: Domestic Infant, MN Waiting Child, and International
Hear real stories from those who’ve been there. This session provides info and insight from adoptive parents on domestic infant adoption, adoption from the MN Waiting Child program, and international adoption.
Speakers: Adoptive parents who adopted domestically, through foster care, and/or internationally

Taking Control of Your Path: Intentional Decision Making about Medical Treatment, Adoption, and Ending Treatment
Are you at a fork in the road? When faced with infertility, you have three paths: build your family via medical treatment or adoption or end your quest to become parents. This session will help you pause and be intentional about which path or paths to take.
Speakers: Mental health practitioner and individuals/couples who will share their journeys

2nd Breakout Session (11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

IVF Overview: From Start to Finish
Walk through an IVF cycle from the nurse’s and the patient’s perspective, learning how to plan your life around it, including both the typical process and how to manage the unexpected.
Speakers: Medical professional and individuals/couples who used IVF to build their families

Domestic Adoption 101
Come hear about the full adoption process, things to consider, and the legal aspects from adoption professionals.
Speakers: Adoption professionals

Depression, Anxiety & Infertility: How Do I Get Through This?
Are you afraid you will never be happy again? You’re not alone. This session will offer you hope and help through your journey.
Speaker: Mental health practitioner

Guy Talk
Going through infertility and/or considering adoption can feel very different for men versus women. This session is led by men who have been there. A safe place for guys to go and talk about anything!
Speakers: Men who built their families via medical help and/or adoption and men who ended their quest to become parents

Single Parenting by Choice Panel
Are you considering becoming a single parent by choice? Hear real stories from people who have been there. Panelists will share their journeys to becoming a parent via adoption and medical treatment.
Speakers: Single women who built their family via medical treatment and/or adoption

LGBTQ Family Building Panel
Panelists will share their expertise and personal stories of their family building via adoption and/or medical treatment using gestational carriers, donor egg, and/or donor sperm. They will share the unique challenges and joys of family building that affect the LGBTQ community.
Speakers: Family-building professionals, LGBTQ individuals and/or couples who built their family via medical treatment and/or adoption

3rd Breakout Session (1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

ART/Cutting Edge Technology
New infertility methods and technologies are constantly improving pregnancy rates where there is an initial infertility diagnosis. This session provides information about what’s new, how it works and what its effects are.
Speakers: Reproductive endocrinologists, urologist, and/or an embryologist

Keys to a Faster Domestic Adoption
Come learn how to safely get a lot more exposure to potential birth parents through personal outreach and working with multiple agencies and/or attorneys both inside and outside your state.
Speakers: Adoption professionals, adoptive parent(s) with experience in personal outreach

Working Well as a Couple Through Infertility/Family Building
Gain insight into the dynamics and complexity of couple decision-making, learning how to weigh each other’s preferences and how to arrive at a decision that works for both partners.
Speakers: Mental health professional, a couple who will share their struggles and successes

Surrogacy/Gestational Carriers
What is it like to have another person carry your child? What is it like for the gestational carrier? How do people make the decision to go this route? Hear from people who have been there. This session also covers finding a donor/carrier, working with agencies, costs, the relevant laws and more. Agency professionals, a mental health practitioner, parents and gestational carriers will share their expertise and personal stories in this session.
Speakers: Family-building professionals, individual and/or couple who built their family using a gestational carrier, and/or a woman who has helped others build their families as a gestational carrier

International Adoption 101
This session provides an overview of the international adoption process from adoption professionals, as well as real-life stories from adopting parents who adopted internationally.
Speakers: Adoption professional, individuals/couples who built their family via international adoption

4th Breakout Session (3:15 – 4:30 p.m.)

Ask the Reproductive Endocrinologists
Come and get answers from several reproductive endocrinologists.
Speakers: Reproductive endocrinologists

Birth Parents & Adoptive Parents: Open Adoption Panel
This session is a must if you are considering domestic adoption. Listen to both birth parents and adoptive parents as they share their stories about the initial meeting, discussions about ongoing contact, what the hospital time was like, and how relationships continue to evolve.
Speakers: Adopting parents who built families via domestic adoption, birth parent(s) who made an adoption plan for their child

Letting Go of The Biological Dream: Moving on to New Dreams
How to let go of the dream of a biological child and move on to resolve your infertility through adoption, third-party reproduction or choosing to live without parenting.
Speakers: Mental health professional, individual and/or couple who has ended their parent quest and is living child-free, individual and/or couple who has build their family via adoption and/or donor options

Embryo Donation
Come hear from families who have used donor embryos to become parents. This panel also features a family who donated embryos to help others. Panelists will share their stories and be open for questions. Experts in the field will offer guidance on issues to consider and best practices in this area.
Speakers: Family-building professionals, individuals and/or couples who built their family via donor options, individuals and/or couples who donated their embryos

Holistic Options: Try Them Out!
This session allows you to actually experience a few holistic options in a casual, supportive environment. Try out a few yoga poses, feel acupuncture through acupoints, participate in a needle demonstration, learn about Chinese herbal medicine, and experience techniques to help you cope.
Speakers: Holistic Practitioners