Thank you for your submissions

The Call for Submissions is Now Closed

[Poster presentation deadline extended to 2/29/16]

On behalf of the Planning Committee, we invite proposal submissions for papers, poster presentations, and research manuscripts for the Ninth Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference. We actively seek proposals which address issues related to transforming practice in adoption. Ideally such proposals will be designed to have a positive impact on those individuals, families, and communities affected by adoption. This Call for Papers is specifically aimed at adoption professionals, researchers, scholars, clinicians, educators, social workers, activists, allies, and graduate students.

The goal of this conference, as always, is to present thought-provoking themes relevant to the training of mental-health professionals in the field. It further focuses on the personal growth and deeper understanding of individuals, families, and communities affected by adoption. Our 2016 conference will examine myths and portrayals of adoption practice, and will analyze these as compared to its lived reality. Especially welcome are submissions that illustrate the ways in which adoption is mythologized, portrayed, and marketed, often in direct contrast to how it is experienced, processed, and lived.

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.

Thank you and see you in June!