2012 Adoption Conference

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The Seventh Biennial Adoption Conference

October 18, 19, and 20, 2012

“Best Interests of the Child?”: Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption 

The Seventh Biennial Adoption Conference was held at the St. John’s University Manhattan Campus and was again co-sponsored by Montclair State University as well as by other organizations.

For this conference, the focus was placed on examining the intersections between religion, race, and the ideology of child saving and child rescue via adoption. The conference continued its three-day format which consisted of a film night on Thursday evening followed by two additional days of speakers, workshops, and presentations.

Keynote speakers were: Ambassador Susan Jacobs, David Smolin, Darron Smith, Jae Ran Kim, and Susan Harris O’Connor.


The following posts give more detail of the 2012 Adoption Initiative Conference:

Adoption Conference Schedule: 2012 AIC

“Best Interests of the Child?” Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption October 18-20th 2012 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18TH 5:00-5:15pm Introduction & Master of Ceremony 5:15-6:00pm Keynote Speaker- Erin Siegal, M.S., Author of Finding Fernanda (Cathexis Press, 2011) 6:00- 6:45 Buffet Dinner (Pasta) 6:45-8:30 Films- Fly Away Children (Geoghegan, 2009) and excerpts from Rescued (Hedrick, 2012) followed by discussion FRIDAY, Read More …

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Special Events: 2012 AIC

Special events at the 2012 Adoption Initiative Conference include film screenings of “Rescue” and “Fly Away Children,” followed by a discussion and pasta buffet, the Launch of Society for Adoptee Professionals in Adoption (SAPA) during lunch time, an Adult Adoptee Dinner o after the conference and a Performance by Susan Harris O’Connor. Read More …

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Keynote Speakers & Panelists: 2012 AIC

“Best Interests of the Child?” Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption October 18-20th 2012 (Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon) This Year’s Keynote Speakers & Panelists are as follows:               Ambassador Susan Jacobs Susan S. Jacobs is the Special Advisor for International Children’s Issues.  She was a Senior Policy Advisor Read More …

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Call for Papers: 2012 AIC

We are pleased to invite professionals, researchers, scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit papers and research manuscripts that address issues likely to impact individuals and families touched by adoption for the seventh biennial adoption conference at St. John’s University. In keeping with our goal to present thought-provoking themes relevant to the training of mental health professionals as well as to the personal growth and understanding of adoption triad members, our 2012 conference will consider the implications of the phrase “best interests of the child” as it is commonly applied in child welfare and adoption. Read More …

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Theme; 2012 AIC

For our upcoming 2012 conference, we are fortunate to have attracted again a superb group of scholars, researchers and professionals involved in the field of adoption to guide the exploration of our conference theme ‘Best Interests of the Child’: Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption. Read More …

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