Friday March 27, 2020 : Friday Institute with Adrian McLemore, Michael Sanders, & Jamole Callahan

9:00am-4:00pm – We’re excited to welcome three amazing speakers this year! Check out their podcast. (Read about the institute here)

7:00-8:00pm: Foster ABC’s (Optional): The state of the state is in a constant state of change and we want you to be aware of the changes that impact you.  Come join us to hear about these updates and provide us with your feedback. Also “We Want Your Input! Become a Field Editor for Our Biweekly Newsletter – Fostering Vermont” – help us brainstorm new audiences and outreach potential, and keep track of your suggestions for stories, and insights about how to make this an even more useful resource for foster and adoptive families.

Saturday March 28, 2020 : Keynote : April Dinwoodie

7:30-9:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:45am: Welcome and VFAFA Business Meeting

“Fiercely dedicated to developing healthy identity, building stronger relationships, and elevating our collective ability to navigate differences of race, class, and culture.”

9:00-10:15am: Keynote, April Dinwoodie : Born in June, Raised in April: Exploring Adoption, Identity, and Family Throughout the Year!

10:15-10:30am: Break

10:30-12:00pm: Workshop Session 1 (descriptions can be found here)

12:00pm: Lunch on Your Own *the front desk can recommend many local places , order in by phone or visit the hotel restaurant.

1:30-3:00pm: Workshop Session 2 (descriptions can be found here)

3:15-4:30pm: Optional Extra Sessions

(descriptions can be found here)

6:30-9:30pm: Dinner & Dancing – Celebrating Our Awesome Families!

Sunday March 29, 2020 – Children Are Treasure

7:30-10:00am: Buffet Breakfast

9:00-10:30am: Closing with Rajnii Eddins

He was the youngest member of the Afrikan American Writers Alliance at age 11 and has been actively sharing with youth and community in Vermont since 2010

Children Are Treasure: Honoring Our Stories and Healing Through Creative Self Expression

Teaching Artist, Author, Facilitator Rajnii Eddins will share testimony from his own life as older brother to over 70 foster siblings and the need for compassion and courage in serving youth and families. Eddins will also hold space for participants to engage their own creative imagination through facilitating collective self expression and shared story.

Originally from Seattle Washington, Spoken Word Poet/ Emcee and Teaching Artist Rajnii Eddins has been engaging diverse community audiences for over 27 years. He was the youngest member of the Afrikan American Writers Alliance at age 11 of which his mother Randee Eddins was founding member. Rajnii was also Big Brother to over 70 children as his mother was also a foster parent, caretaker and place of solace for many in the community. He has been actively sharing with youth and community throughout New England since 2010. His latest work Their Names Are Mine aims to confront white supremacy while emphasizing the need for greater compassion in affirming our mutual humanity.