Adoption Conference

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Join us for the 7th Annual Adoption Conference- "Beneath the Mask".

This conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Social Services and Children's Home Society of South Dakota.

Guest Speaker: Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT is the CEO and co-founder of the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) presenting:

8am – 4pm MT Professional/Parent Session Title: Beneath the Mask: Adolescent Search for Identity – Past, Present and Future

6pm – 8pm MT Parent Session Title: Beneath the Mask: Exploring the Six Stuck Spots

Keynote Speaker: Debbie Riley

C.A.S.E Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Debbie Riley, LCMFT, is a nationally and internationally recognized adoption expert, trainer, and author. Riley has more than 35 years of professional experience, including extensive health care management and administrative expertise, experience designing, developing, and implementing nationally acclaimed evidenced-informed adoption-competent training programs for professionals including the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) and Training for Adoption Competency (TAC).

Her current delivery of specialized counseling services to adopted children, teens, adults, and their families affords her the broad knowledge and nationally respected expertise needed to promote mental health training, child advocacy, systems reform, and public policy development. She is co-author of the book, Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens,contributing author for Adoption Competent Clinical Practice: Defining Its Meaning and Development; Adoption Quarterly, November 2013 and co-author of recently published chapter, The Need for Adoption Competent Mental Health Professionals in the newly released book, Transracial and Intercountry Adoption, edited by Dr. Ruth McRoy and Dr. Rowena Fong. Ms. Riley was awarded the 2015 Adoption Excellence Award by the Children’s Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services.


Early Bird Registration (by April 17, 2023) - $99

After April 17, 2023 - $125

Students and CHS Staff - $25 with .edu or CHS email address

Parent only session (6-8pmMT) - $15

Additional pricing info:

DSS Staff - Free with use of state issued email address.
CHS Community Based Services Staff - Free with agency issued email address.

CEU’s from South Dakota Board of Social Work will offer 6.5 hours for continuing education.