Theme: 2016 AIC

For the 2016 conference, we will draw upon the lessons that the history of adoption and the practice of adoption have taught us. Over time, adoption practice has shifted from a practice focused upon social reform targeting marginalized members of society to a more modern practice in which adoption is marketed as both a form of family creation and as a form of rescue within a larger industry. The conference theme for 2016 is: Myth and Reality in Adoption:Transforming Practice Through Lessons Learned Read More …

Conference Committee: 2014 AIC

Sleeping Giants in Adoption Power, Privilege, Politics, and Class May 29-31, 2014 (Thursday evening to Saturday evening) Conference Committee:   Conference Chairpersons – Rafael A. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP, Licensed Psychologist, New York State, Professor of Psychology and the Director Inter-agencies Training and Research Initiatives and the Post-Graduate Professional Programs at St. John’s University – Amanda Read More …

Keynote Speakers: 2014 AIC

This Year’s Keynote Speakers & Panelists are Dr. Laura Briggs & Dr. Gina Samuels. Dr. Laura Briggs is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work deals with reproductive politics in a transnational context, focusing especially on questions of the U.S. relationship to Latin America. Gina Miranda Samuels is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. Her research focuses on transracial adoption, mixed race and multiethnic identity formation, interpretive research methods, and the development of relational, kinship, and cultural ties among young adults whose childhoods are shaped by foster care and adoption. Read More …