DSS Main Office
Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
West Charlotte Location
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Morning Keynote Speaker
Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Mark Anthony Garrett grew up in the tough inner city of Dayton, Ohio as a foster child and was then later adopted. Throughout his childhood he faced many hardships such as poverty, neglect, homelessness, abandonment and abuse, both physical and sexual. At 14, he lost his adopted mother to cancer, dropped out of school, joined a gang and was in and out of juvenile jail.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Pekitta Tynes is a professional Comedienne who has been performing stand-up comedy for over 30+ years. Her forte is the impromptu comedian style performing routines off the top of her head by finding comedy in the immediate observation. Her quick wit affords her the opportunity to have a different show for each performance.
Pekitta is the author of
"Thank God I Was Adopted 'Cause DNA is no Joke!" Based on her memoirs and journey to how she found her biological family through DNA testing. Pekitta is Foundling, a Foster Child, and a Late Adoptee.
After completing his BA in English, Ken Huey received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University. He then earned his Ph.D. in
For more than twenty years
Bishop W. C. Martin has served the community of Possum Trot, Texas as pastor of Bennett Chapel. In 1997, he and his wife, Donna, adopted two children and began a miraculous adventure that has become one of the premier adoption stories in America.
Bishop W.C. Martin is the Founder of Saving a Generation Ministry, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has been recognized nationally for its success in facilitating, supporting, and undergirding the adoption/fostering of children who have been abused, neglected, & hard to place. Read More
is both nationally and internationally known on issues that impact families conceived through adoption and third-party reproduction. Drawn to the field by placing her two first born sons for adoption as a teenager her passion is to educate as many therapist as possible.
Dr. Joesph Crumbley
received his masters and doctorate in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. He is in private practice as a family therapist, trainer and consultant. His clinical experience includes adoption, foster care, chemical dependency, couples' therapy, physical and sexual abuse. His most recent areas of specialization has been kinship care and transracial adoptions.
Heather T. Forbes, LCSW
the owner of the
and self‐development. Additionally,