Webinars for Professionals

Our webinars share first-hand experience and expertise from working directly with youth in adoption recruitment. View upcoming webinars and webinar highlights below.
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Personality is in the Details: Effective Storytelling in Recruitment (Dec. 13, 2021)

How do we ensure that a youth’s profile tells a story that creates meaningful and lasting connections with potential families? Join us to learn about the storytelling strategies Northwest Adoption Exchange relies on to create compelling youth content that inspires more families to come forward.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • How to find and involve a youth’s strongest advocates
  • Ways to empower youth to lend their own voice and creativity
  • Centering equity in recruitment
  • Dos and Don’ts of creative storytelling
  • Real examples of transforming youth profiles from ‘basic’ to ‘authentic’

Nick Baumgartner (he/him), Youth Engagement Specialist
Kailee Haong (she/her), Youth Engagement Specialist
Jess Tholmer (she/her), NWAE Program Manager

Register for the webinar here
Monday, December 13, 2021
11am PST

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How to Engage with Youth About Recruiting Adoptive Families (Nov. 2, 2020)

How do we explain adoption recruitment to youth? We know the importance of engaging youth in conversations about permanency in general, but talking with them about the process of how we recruit adoptive families is essential.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Creating equitable recruitment by involving youth as active participants
  • How to look at recruitment through a lens of lived youth experience
  • Using strength-based approaches to engage youth and recruit adoptive families
  • Real examples of youth involvement shown through our In-Depth Profiles

Nick Baumgartner (he/him), Youth Engagement Specialist
Tyler Helbach (he/him), M.P.A., Northwest Adoption Exchange Director
Jess Tholmer (she/her), Northwest Adoption Exchange Program Manager

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Strategies to Creatively Empower Youth to Reach Adoptive Families (Nov. 9, 2020)

What happens when we empower youth to take more ownership in their adoption recruitment? Learn how engaging a youth’s own voice in recruitment can inspire potential adoptive families to step forward.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Proven strategies for engaging with youth remotely during COVID-19
  • What it looks like to give youth creative control in recruitment
  • Tools that allow youth voices to stand out
  • Real examples of youth storytellers shown through our In-Depth Profiles

Nick Baumgartner (he/him), Youth Engagement Specialist
Brandon Adams (he/him), In-Depth Profiles Project Manager
Naomi Kolb-Untinen (she/they), Youth Engagement Specialist


Want full access to a past webinar?

For more information about how Northwest Adoption Exchange centers youth engagement in adoption recruitment, or to request temporary access to the full webinars, please contact our In-Depth Profile Project Manager, Brandon Adams at badams@nwresource.org.