A Different Kind of Conference

Who Should Attend

  • Adoption Professionals: Social Workers, Lawyers, and Other Practitioners
  • Interested Parties such as Mental Health and Medical Professionals, Educators
  • Adoption and Foster Care Policy Makers
  • Birth Parents and Family Members
  • Adopted Persons
  • Adoptive Parents

Conference Objectives
Every professional conference hopes to inform and engage its participants. And every professional conference hopes, as a result, to have impact on the field in which those participants work. “Adoption Ethics and Accountability: Doing it Right Makes a Lifetime of Difference” goes one long step further: It is designed, from the start, as a vehicle to transform adoption policy and practice.

It aims to achieve that goal by bringing together some of the most experienced and important voices in the field, drawing on participants’ wisdom and experience to begin to develop clear standards that protect the rights and interests of all members of the adoption triad – parents, adopted people and parents by adoption – and to help shape improvements in all types of adoption – infant, international and foster care.

The conference will provide attendees and presenters with a unique opportunity to discuss some of the most important and, in some cases, most controversial issues in adoption. It will offer everyone who participates a unique opportunity to network with colleagues, practitioners, researchers, prominent experts, triad members and kindred spirits who care deeply about making adoption and foster care as good as they can be. This is, in short, a conference that almost anyone concerned about ethical policy and practice must attend.

Conference Format
This is a different kind of conference – this is a working conference. Presentations from adoption researchers, triad members, policy makers and practitioners will provoke thought and discussion for the first day and a half. Workshops will follow plenary sessions to provide opportunities to examine issues raised in plenary sessions in more depth.

On the second afternoon of the conference, workshops will build on the many ideas and issues presented and discussed in earlier sessions. Workshops will prioritize the central issues and develop recommendations regarding:

  • Regulation and Protection in Intercountry Adoption
  • A Model for Ethical Adoption Practice
  • Ethical Policy and Practice in Foster Care Adoption
  • Ethical Issues in New Reproductive Technologies

The goal of each workgroup will be to identify 3 or 4 critical issues and suggest legislative, regulatory, policy or practice changes that will be conveyed to the larger group at the concluding session.

About Ethica, Inc.
Ethica is a nonprofit education, assistance, and advocacy group, which seeks to be an independent voice for ethical adoption practices worldwide. In order to maintain our impartiality, Ethica does not accept monetary donations from agencies or other child-placing entities, nor are any of our managing Board of Directors currently
affiliated with adoption agencies. Ethica strives to develop organizational policy and recommendations based solely on the basic ethical principles that underscore best practices in adoption and speak to the best interests of children.

Ethica believes that ethical adoption services must include family preservation efforts, birth family counseling and advocacy, adequate pre-adoption training for adoptive parents, ethical placement practices, post-adoption services that include disruption assistance, and the fulfillment of lifelong responsibilities to adoptees and their

About the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, founded in 1996, is a national not-for-profit organization devoted to improving adoption policy and practice. Our mission is to provide leadership that improves adoption laws, policies and practices through sound research, education, and advocacy in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption.