2004 Adoption Conference

The Third Biennial Adoption Conference

October 15 and 16, 2004

The Dynamics of Adoption: A Three-Way Mirror

The Third Biennial Adoption Conference was the first in our series to be held at the St. John’s University Manhattan Campus as well as the first to include an evening film screening on the Friday evening prior to the full-day conference held on a Saturday. Montclair State University became a co-sponsor of the event for the first time.

In this conference, we facilitated a dialogue that allowed conference attendees to hear directly from adoptive parents, birthparents, and adoptees as well as from therapists with expertise in adoption who will assist in better understanding the dynamics that occur within adoption triads. Representatives of the adoption triad explored the overt and the covert dialogue that occurs between adoptive parents and birthparents throughout adoptees’ lives.

Keynote speakers were Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao and Dr. Joseph Crumbley.