Join us for the 
Kids' Adoption Network (KAN) 2022 Conference

Aligning Your Stars: Adoption & Life Constellations

 at McLean School, Potomac, Maryland



Saturday, November 12, 2022            9:00AM to 4:30PM EST


This event is exclusively for adoptive parents and children & teens who have joined their family through adoption. ♥

Join us as we journey thru the galaxies of those connected to adoption!

On the way we may encounter celestial storms and meteors, but we will persevere and chart the constellations of past and present while building visions of future galaxy exploration.



C.A.S.E. Thanks Our Sponsor:




    9:00AM - 9:30AM EST 
    Registration & Continental Breakfast

  • 9:30AM - 10:00AM EST

  • 10:00AM - 11:30AM EST
    Workshop 1

  • 11:30AM - 12:30PM EST

  • 12:30PM - 1:15PM EST
    Pizza Party Lunch

  • 1:15PM - 3:00PM EST
    Workshop 2

  • 3:00PM - 3:30PM EST

  • 3:30PM - 4:30PM EST
    Family Carnival


Inside KAN

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1st - 8th Grade


Youth grades 1-8 will be exploring how the make-up of the cosmos, mirrors the many facets of adoption and adoptive families. 

We will be making cosmic creations, exploring far-reaching galaxies, and using our adoption expertise in a variety of games and activities.

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Parent Program


Join us in a thought provoking in-depth conversation on the complexities and challenges your children face in their quest to form a cohesive identity. You will explore the intricacies of their meaning of self as they navigate their personal journey of adoption. C.A.S.E. is pleased to welcome our keynote speaker, April Dinwoodie.

April, a transracially adopted person, is an accomplished corporate marketing and branding professional turned nationally recognized voice on adoption, foster care, and multiracial/ multicultural families. She is a fiercely dedicated leader helping individuals, systems, and corporations as they navigate the foundational elements of identity, relationships, and differences of race, culture, and class.

April works on several federal grants that support adoptive, foster, and guardianship families, and leads Transracial Journeys, a camp for families experiencing transracial adoption. She hosts “Born in June, Raised in April: What Adoption Can Teach the World!,” her original podcast that elevates conversation about adoption, identity, and family diversity.

April will share her professional insights and personal journey as an adoptee to illuminate the many facets of identity formation, the integration of birth and adoptive family, and that the exploration is ever evolving.

April will moderate a panel of adoptees from diverse backgrounds, C.A.S.E.’s Emerging Leaders, to share their personal navigation through the adoption galaxy.

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9th - 12th Grade Workshops


In our teen years, our legacies are just starting to soar into the sky, our star power is present but not always visible to the untrained eye. Along their journeys, the stars of adopted teens frequently get temporarily “stuck” by the debris in their galaxy (loss, feelings of difference, reason for adoption, permanence, missing information, identity) present in adoption stories. 

As they look toward their futures, this year, the teen group will focus on how to navigate through their stuck spots to align their stars to create a beautiful constellation.

We will use our creativity and teamwork to engage in activities focused on storytelling, painting, and written expression to provide our teens with an avenue to explore the multifaceted experiences associated with being adopted in their universe. We will draw from the six stuck spots in adoption as we delve deeper into the meaning behind their artistic expressions.


Are you ready to blast off?

Youth will go on a 45-minute journey through the universe from the comfort and security of the McLean gym. A portable, inflatable planetarium will be at our conference to dazzle your budding astronomers as they are taken on a tour of the solar system.

Students will enter the dome and be introduced to a "star filled" sky. Our navigator with the use of a digital planetarium projector and a laser pointer, will guide students through the stars of the Northern Hemisphere exactly as they appear on the day of the presentation.

Students will learn how to identify every planet in our solar system in dramatic "flights" towards each world. They will be introduced to Greek mythological characters and see how these heroes of the past can be found in the stars. Students will witness the night sky in different seasons and from different global perspectives.

Frequently Asked Questions

KAN 2022 is open to any and all adoptive families with finalized adoptions with youth in grades 1-12 who joined their family through adoption and adoptive parents.  At least one parent must register and attend KAN for any participating adoptive youth.

Please have youth come dressed in comfortable clothes as they will be doing some art projects and moving around over the course of the day.

Pizza lunches are provided for all youth with vegetarian and nonvegetarian options. If your child(ren) requires a special diet, please pack an appropriate lunch in a disposable bag with your child’s name on the front to give to CASE staff at registration.  We will be sure your child gets it at lunch time.

KAN is for adoptive parents and youth who joined the family through adoption only.

We are not able to provide childcare at KAN 2022.

Due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic and CDC guidelines, further information regarding COVID precautions will be provided closer to the event date.  Our venue, the McLean School, does have ventilation systems installed in every room.

Email us at KAN@adoptionsupport.org with other questions about the KAN Conference.