Ethics Conference in DC in October

This is terrific - and right in my backyard!!!

Online Registration Available June 1, 2007
Register online - early registration discounts available!


NEW YORK, June 1, 2007 - In an effort to promote more thoughtful, humane and productive policies and practices relating to adoption and foster care, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Ethica, Inc. announced today that they will co-sponsor a major national conference in suburban Washington, D.C., this October to examine critical issues in the field.

The conference, "Adoption Ethics and Accountability: Doing it Right Makes a Lifetime of Difference," will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16, 2007, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, VA. It will bring together scores of the most prominent researchers, practitioners, authors and activists in adoption and foster care in our country today.

"With so many historic changes taking place and so many controversies in the news virtually every day, we felt it was essential to examine what is happening in the field - and, in doing so, to promote improvements that benefit the tens of millions of children and families affected in the United States and around the world," said Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

"Accountability and transparency are the main criteria for ethical adoptions," added Linh Song, Executive Director of Ethica, Inc. "The conference will help establish this expectation in standards ofpractice and policy and, ultimately, assert the rights of all adoption community members - birthfamilies, adopted people and adoptive families."

Approximately 75 presenters - including some of the most respected experts in research, practice, law and related areas - will explore a broad spectrum of society-changing, life-altering issues. Those range from the growing focus on birthparent rights and sibling relationships, to adoption's lessons for assisted reproductive technologies; from the problems caused by adoption fraud, to the effects on families of the escalating trend toward openness in all adoptions (of infants domestically, as well as of children from foster care in the U.S. and from orphanages abroad); from the profound questions surrounding transracial and intercountry adoption, to the deeply personal ones relating to adopted people's access to information about themselves.

The Adoption Institute is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field; it sponsored the first-ever national Ethics in Adoption conference in 1999. Ethica is an organization dedicated to adoption policy reform and monitoring adoption fraud and abuse. Both are independent, non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting high ethical standards, policies, laws and practices.

To register for or learn more about the conference, please go to the conference website. If you have questions or want to schedule an interview, contact Mari Cochran at or 617-680-0808.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute


Dawn said…
I wish this wasn't happening so close to when we have to be in Pitts. There's just no way I can justify two family trips so close together. Please take lots of notes!!!
Very cool!! I'm going to have to check out the conference website, at the least.
Mama Nabi said…
That's great - definitely something necessary.
Terri said…
I'd love to get to this! Maybe next year. So many important issues!

The issue of siblings is an imperative one among them. In too many instances, it is as if they become the forgotten/invisible kids in all of this.

My raised daughter broke down after watching The Color Purple last week. Later, she said how much she missed her sister ... how she wanted to ask her about school and boys. It just broke my heart. She doesn't deserve it.

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