Annual Summit for Professionals
There are numerous wonderful agencies and non-profits in Virginia that focus on adoption & foster care. The purpose of this FREE conference is to bring all of these organizations and professionals together in order to enhance collaboration and efforts to ensure every child has a forever home.
The summit includes panel discussions and break out sessions. We want to discuss best practices as well as any room our state has for improvement. Attendees will be able to network and meet other professionals in the field. The event will create collaboration and synergy within the field.
2017 Event Details:
This past year, 2017, the Virginia Department of Social Services took the lead on the adoption summit in partnership with Connecting Hearts! There were over 200+ professionals and families present! We are excited to continue our efforts in partnership with agencies state-wide to find each and every child a permanent, loving home!
- Governor Terry McAuliffe sent his warm regards in support of our mission!
2016 Event Details:
- Governor Terry McAuliffe will be speaking!
- November 9, 2016
Celebration for Foster and Adoptive Families!
The celebration will directly follow the Summit for Professionals! The Foster & Adoption Family Celebration is sponsored by Connecting Hearts in Virginia – A Deborah J Johnston Charity and New Found Families. The event will include speakers, a choice of two different workshops, and dinner. Adoptive and prospective families are welcome to attend! This event is for adults and children over the age of 8.
Upon registration, please choose between these two workshops:
-Wise Up (For adoptive kids over the age of 8 and their parents)
-Happily Ever After – What Now? (Panel discussion for adults only – no child care available)
First Annual Connecting Heats Summit – November 2015
Our First Annual Summit will took place on November 5th, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton. It was a great success with a great keynote speech from Governor Terry McAuliffe in which he set our goal to get all 860 waiting kids adopted! You can read more about our summit below: