The CUB Retreat is a unique experience for birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents and others affected by adoption. It is not just another conference. There are always interesting and insightful speakers, both professional and those speaking from the heart about their own experiences with adoption. There will be great entertainment and lots of laughs as well as tears. If you have never met a birthparent, or perhaps never met another birthparent in person, the retreat is a wonderful opportunity to connect in the real world with online friends, and to put a face to words and voices. If you have attended our retreats before, you already know what a healing experience they can be, for all whose lives have been affected by adoption — and how wonderful it is to meet old and new friends. The program and setting by the sea are superb, but the real gift of our retreat is the people you will meet and connect with there. 

ATTENTION ALL SOCIAL WORKERS: Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) is pleased to announce that we have been granted approval by the National Association of Social Workers to award a total of 9 CEUs for our retreat. Please click here for more information. Professionals affiliated with this organization who attend CUB's annual retreat will be afforded unique perspectives regarding the role adoption trauma and loss plays in the lives of their clients and patients.  

According to, approximately two percent of the U.S. population, or 1.8 million children are adopted.  "However, many adopted children bring to their new families a history of adverse early experiences that may make them more vulnerable to developmental risks" according to Child Trends. And if each adopted child has a set of biological and adoptive parents, as many as 7.2 million people in the U.S. today are affected by adoption. 
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2017 CUB Retreat Schedule (Subject to change)

Register Online

Registration form to print and register by mail or scan completed form and email to

Scholarship application 

Below is a list of nearby hotels that still have vacancy as of 9/11/17. (Hilton Garden Inn no longer has reduced rates available)
Holiday Inn Express - Rooms $125 - $142
La Quinta - Rooms $139 - $149
Econo Lodge - Rooms $94 - $112
Extended Stay - Rooms $115 - $144

CUB's 2017 Retreat

October 6 - 8 Hilton Garden Inn, Carlsbad, CA

Past Year's Retreats