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Experts from Europe and the States will gather May 12 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, to present information on international adoption.

The 15th European Adoption Symposium, an annual event in the Kaiserslautern Military Community, will be a daylong affair at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church. It is open to American military ID cardholders stationed around Europe.

Jeanie Veith, an organizer, said dozens of couples attend the event each year.

“If they’re looking for information on how to adopt or raising the children they’ve already adopted, it’s the one place in Europe where all the experts come in at the same time,” Veith said.

This year’s event is to start at 8 a.m. and run until evening. Those attending may choose from a variety of seminars and talk with representatives from several adoption agencies and social workers.

Veith said a final schedule is pending and will be posted on the association’s Web site (www.usadopteurope.com) before the seminar. It will list speakers and specific topics they will cover. It also will have directions on how to find the church and other details.

No advance registration is required, except for child care, which may be completed online for the first time. Parents will be asked for a donation of 5 euros or $5 to help cover costs.

Organizers also ask that participants donate a similar amount of money. A cold lunch with beverages is provided.

The event is presented by KMC Adoption Support and the 435th Air Base Wing’s chapel outreach program.

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