Parenting Your Heart Child Conference

Kids at Heart offers an annual educational conference for parents, caregivers and healthcare providers who care for children or teenagers affected by heart defects.

Register for the 16th Annual Parenting your Heart Child Conference.

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18

Children's Office Park (directions)
1680 Tullie Circle NE, Classroom 5
Atlanta, GA 30329

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Physical and emotional wellbeing of adolescents with CHD
  • Barriers to care
  • Supporting your heart child's emotional and behavioral health
  • Compassion meditation
  • Tools for traveling your journey
  • An adult CHD panel

Morning snack and lunch will be provided.

Register by Friday, April 10.

Conference Agenda

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.      
Registration & Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Welcome/Parent Introductions

9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
Living with Congenital Heart Disease as an Adult
Ginnie Abarbanell, MD, Sibley Heart Center Cardiology

9:40 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
Barriers to Staying in Care
Mike McConnell, MD, Sibley Heart Center Cardiology


10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
Supporting your Heart Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Health
Dawn Ilardi, PhD, ABPP-CN, Department of Neuropsychology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Compassion Meditation: Care for Caregivers
Samuel Fernandez-Carriba, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Affordable Health Care Act for your Family 
Laura Colbert, MPH, CHES, Community Outreach Manager, Georgians for a Healthy Future 

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tools for Traveling Your JourneyKim Russell, Ambassador for the ACHA, founder and co-leader of the Adult Congenital Hearts of Greater Atlanta

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Adults Living with CHD: A Panel Discussion

2:30 p.m.
Closing and Evaluation

Download a print-friendly agenda. Email or call 404-785-6109 for details about speakers, topics and online registration.

Previous Conferences

See resources from past events.