Press Release

ETHICS CONFERENCE BRINGS TOGETHER NATIONAL ADOPTION LEADERS AND EXPERTS

MEDIA ADVISORY: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NEW YORK, June 1, 2007 – In an effort to promote more thoughtful, humane and productive policies and practices relating to adoption and foster care, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Ethica, Inc. announced today that they will co-sponsor a major national conference in suburban Washington, D.C., this October to examine critical issues in the field.

The conference, “Adoption Ethics and Accountability: Doing it Right Makes a Lifetime of Difference,” will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16, 2007, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, VA. It will bring together scores of the most prominent researchers, practitioners, authors and activists in adoption and foster care in our country today.

“With so many historic changes taking place and so many controversies in the news virtually every day, we felt it was essential to examine what is happening in the field – and, in doing so, to promote improvements that benefit the tens of millions of children and families affected in the United States and around the world,” said Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

“Accountability and transparency are the main criteria for ethical adoptions,” added Linh Song, Executive Director of Ethica, Inc. “The conference will help establish this expectation in standards of practice and policy and, ultimately, assert the rights of all adoption community members – birthfamilies, adopted people and adoptive families.”

Approximately 75 presenters – including some of the most respected experts in research, practice, law and related areas – will explore a broad spectrum of society-changing, life-altering issues. Those range from the growing focus on birthparent rights and sibling relationships, to adoption’s lessons for assisted reproductive technologies; from the problems caused by adoption fraud, to the effects on families of the escalating trend toward openness in all adoptions (of infants domestically, as well as of children from foster care in the U.S. and from orphanages abroad); from the profound questions surrounding transracial and intercountry adoption, to the deeply personal ones relating to adopted people’s access to information about themselves.

The Adoption Institute is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field; it sponsored the first-ever national Ethics in Adoption conference in 1999. Ethica is an organization dedicated to adoption policy reform and monitoring adoption fraud and abuse. Both are independent, non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting high ethical standards, policies, laws and practices.

To register for or learn more about the conference, please go to www.ethicsconference.net. If you have questions or want to schedule an interview, contact Mari Cochran at mcochran@adoptioninstitute.org or 617-680-0808. The Institute’s website is www.adoptioninstitute.org; Ethica’s is www.ethicanet.org.