The Philadelphia Department of Services


Annual Adoption and Permanency Conference

Building a Legacy

A conference for Adoptive, Foster & Kinship Families

Date: November 10th, 2018

Hosted by: Together as Adoptive Parents (TAP) Inc. 


The conference will be held at:

The Friends Center
501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Registration and Fees

If received by November 2nd:

  • $20 per person for resource families
  • $40 for professionals

If received after November 2nd:

  • $25 per person for resource families
  • $50 for professionals

Training Certificates for families -- no cost

Please complete the registration form online or send in the paper copy along with a check or money order by November 2nd to:

TAP Inc.
478 Moyer Rd.
Harleysville, PA 19438-2302 

If you have an questions please call the TAP office at 215-256-0669.  A  Brochure is available  with more information.


Free childcare is provided however it is limited to 75 children from ages 4-16.

This year we will be taking ages 8-16 to the Franklin Institute. Each child must have a completed and signed permission form for each child before getting on the bus. The cost is free. The bus will be leaving at 9:30 am. 

Ages 4-7 will be staying at the church.

Lunch will be provided for both groups.

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Mr. Michael Sanders

As a motivational speaker, consultant, trainer, and facilitator, he has been referred to as the Teen Whisperer for his ability to understand, relate to and connect with teens. Even though he considered an expert when it comes to teen issues, he simply consider himself just a FAN of teens! His hope is that he can help you to become a fan of teenagers as well.


Session A (10:30am - 12:00pm)

Section 1

Title: Alternatives to Spanking
Presenter: Dr. Rodney King - Parenting Coordinator at the Progressive Life Center

Goal: To provide varied approaches to positive parenting.

Section 2

Title: For Men Only

       Presenter: Ernesto Pineda - Foster and Adoptive Dad
       Adoptive, foster, kinship and permanent legal custodian dads will get together to have a honest discussion regarding the challenges and joys of being a dad.

Session B (1:00 pm - 2:30pm)

Section 1

Title: A Panel of Resource Dads
Facilitator: Michael Sanders

Five resource dads will share their thoughts around being a dad as well as what legacy they would like to leave with each child that enters their home.

Session C (2:45 pm - 4:15 pm)

Section 2

Title: Building Relationships
Facilitator: Shaiheed Days

       What Youth Really Want Resource Parents to Know
      During this presentation, Youth MOVE Philadelphia members will engage the audience in a workshop style conversation.