2014 Adoption Conference

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The Eighth Biennial Adoption Conference

May 29-31,2014

“Sleeping Giants in Adoption: Power, Privilege, Politics, and Class

The Eighth Biennial Adoption Conference was held at the St. John’s University Queens 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 connections between social class, power, politics, and privilege in adoption. The conference theme highlighted both historical and emerging practices in adoption, with a critical eye on considerations of whose privileges have been preserved, are currently being served, and whose interests should be better served.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: Dr. Laura Briggs, Dr. Gina Samuels and various discussion panels featured a Birth Parent Activist Panel,  an Adoptive Parent Activist Panel and an Adoptee Activist Panel


The following posts give more detail of the 2014 Adoption Initiative Conference:

Conference Location: 2014 AIC

The 8th Biennial Adoption Conference will be held at: St. John’s University in Queens at the D’Angelo Center. Read More …

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Sponsorship: 2014 AIC

We would like to thank our sponsors, individuals and organizations for their generous support in helping making the 2014 Adoption Initiative Conference happen. Read More …

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Overview and Schedule; 2014 AIC

Beginning Thursday evening at 6pm and running until Saturday night following a Gala Dinner and Performance, this year’s 8th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference will be exciting and memorable. Read More …

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Adoption Conference Schedule; 2014 AIC

Beginning Thursday evening at 6pm and running until Saturday night following a Gala Dinner and Performance, this year’s 8th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference will be exciting and memorable. Read More …

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Speakers: 2014 AIC

The 2014 Conference, Sleeping Giants in Adoption: Power, Privilege, Politics, and Class on May 29-31 2014, welcomes speakers to present on topics of class, power, politics, and privilege in adoption, as well historical and emerging practices in adoption. Read More …

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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 …

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Panelists; 2014 AIC

Various discussion panels featured a Birth Parent Activist Panel, an Adoptive Parent Activist Panel and an Adoptee Activist Panel Read More …

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2014 Performance; BROKE WIDE OPEN

This year we are holding a Gala with a special show after the banquet dinner. The performance is BROKE WIDE OPEN, a critically-acclaimed play from socially and politically charged actor, playwright, and poet, Rock Wilk.
The Gala will take place on Saturday night, May 31st. Read More …

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Registration; 2014 AIC

Registration is now open for the 2014 Adoption Initiative Conference; Sleeping Giants in Adoption: Power, Privilege, Politics, and Class. Full Conference registration includes banquet and show, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and refreshments on Friday and Saturday. Read More …

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Call for Papers: 2014 AIC

On behalf of the Planning Committee for the 8th Biennial Adoption Conference at St. John’s University, we invite proposal submissions for papers, poster presentations, and research manuscripts that address issues likely to impact individuals and families touched by adoption. This Call for Papers specifically targets adoption professionals, researchers, scholars, practitioners, and graduate students. We are especially interested in receiving proposals that address the 2014 conference theme, “Sleeping Giants in Adoption: Power, Privilege, Politics, and Class.” Read More …

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