2020 Adoption Conference ~ October 23-24, 2020

The Evolution of Practice: Activism & Community Perspectives

The Adoption Initiative invites proposal submissions for papers, poster presentations, and research manuscripts for the 20th anniversary Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference. We actively seek proposals which address issues related to how practices have evolved over the past twenty years through the work of activists and communities most impacted by adoption and how this evolution has informed how we understand mental health from these lenses.

We welcome participation from those whose identities are informed by the impact of adoption on their lives, and whose voices are often overlooked and marginalized by its practice. We especially invite proposals that take a social justice approach to adoption practice, focusing on those whose lives and rights are primarily impacted by the nature and goals of the practice as it applies to them.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • In what ways have first/birth families, adoptees, and adoptees’ communities of origin advocated for their needs over the past twenty years?
  • Ways in which intercountry adoptees are changing the conversation around immigration and citizenship.
  • New technologies and their impact on adoption search and reunion.
  • Based on the historical perspectives of “best interests of the child,” what exactly does “best interest of the child” mean in 2020?
  • How does adoption relate to or mimic imperialism, colonialism, and nation-state foreign policies?
  • Aspects of privileges inherent in adoption as they are enacted in adoption practice and as they influence identity, citizenship, and being.
  • Ways current adoption narratives include or leave out notions of land, place, history, ethnicity, and ability to belong and inform identity.
  • Ways in which tools used to “deal with” adoption, including psychiatry and therapy, enforce dominant cultural myths about adoption.
  • In what ways has the demand for “adoption competent” mental health practitioners by adoptees, birth/first families and adoptive parents changed the clinical paradigms and treatment modalities for individuals seeking counseling/therapy?

Guidelines on Time Allotted for different formats:

  • Papers/Presentations: 30 to 45 minutes
  • Workshops: 60 to 90 minutes
  • Symposiums: 60 to 90 minutes
  • Panels: 60 to 90 minutes
  • Roundtables: 30-45 minutes
  • Posters: See submission guidelines for details

The deadline to submit proposals for papers, workshops, symposiums, panels and roundtables is April 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. The deadline to submit poster presentations is July 15, 2020.

For complete submission guidelines, click on the Call For Papers for the 2020 Conference tab on the menu above, or go directly to the site HERE.

Thank you and we are greatly looking forward to seeing you in October!