The  38th Annual New England Adoption Conference (ACONE) will be held Saturday, April 2nd from 8:00AM-4:45PM.


Join Adoption Choice’s Dale Eldridge and Raquel Woodard at 9:45 for Adoption 101 for Extended Family Members. A workshop providing a basic overview of the adoption process and key adoption issues for prospective grandparents, aunts, uncles, and close family friends. The goal is to enable extended family members to better support the prospective adopters and the children whom they’re planning to adopt. The discussion will focus on private, domestic, intercountry and foster care adoptions.


Dale Eldridge, MSW, LICSW, BCD has been working as a clinical social worker in the field of adoption for over 20 years. For the past 18 years she has been the Coordinator of Adoptive Parent Services at Adoption Choices. In this role she has helped a great many people to build their families by adoption. Her experience includes both domestic and international adoption. Dale has been described by her many clients as very compassionate, supportive, and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the adoption journey. Dale is also very involved in the Massachusetts adoption community, often presenting at workshops and conferences.


Raquel Woodard, MSW, LICSW, BCD is a clinical social worker who has specialized in adoption for over 40 years. For the past 18 years she has been the Coordinator of Services to Birth Parents and Children at Adoption Choices. During that time she has worked with many birth parents who needed pregnancy counseling and adoption planning, as well as assisting waiting families through the adoption process. Prior to coming to Adoption Choices, Raquel worked for many years at a large public agency in Southern California. While there she provided services to birth parents, infants and older children, adoptive parents, and adult adopted persons who were doing searches. Also during that time Raquel was awarded Adoption Social Worker of the Year. Raquel is herself an adoptive parent and is passionate in both her personal and professional life about adoption. Over the years she has helped many people during the lifelong process of adoption.

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