October 16, 2007

Accountability to Prospective and Current Adoptive Families

Cynthia Mabry
Adam Pertman
Colleen Marea Quinn, Esq.
Jared Rolsky

Information Sharing Prior to Adoptive Placement: What is Required and What is Ethical?

Bruce Boyer
Dr. Dana Johnson
Nora O’Farrell
Johana Oreskovic

  • What do prospective adoptive parents have a right to know?
  • What medical, social and background information should professionals be required to find, share with, and interpret for prospective adoptive parents?
  • How can ethical practice in sharing information with prospective parents best be promoted?

Supporting Adoptive Families for the Long Haul: Post-adoption Services

Dr. Jeanne Howard
Carrie Kent
Margie Perscheid
Ellen Singer, LCSW-C

  • What are the principal needs of adoptive families after adoption?
  • What are professionals’ obligations for the provision of post-adoption services?
  • What are professionals’ obligations when adoptions disrupt or children need mental-health, residential or other services outside their adoptive homes?

Discrimination in Adoption: Law, Policy and Practice that Restrict Adoptive Parenthood

Michael Colberg, JD, LCSW MFT
Melissa Griebel
Joan H. Hollinger
Elisa Poncz

  • When, and on what bases, should adoption professionals be permitted to decide that prospective parents are not “suitable” to adopt (gay/lesbian parents, single parents, religion, disability, age, weight and other restrictions)?
  • How can, or should, adoption professionals respond to a country’s practices that restrict who may adopt its children?
  • What is the role, if any, of preferential policies that favor prospective adoptive parents based on such factors as ethnicity, religion, or marital status?

Protection Against Exploitation: Bribery, Fraud, Unqualified Practitioners and Truth in Advertising

Madelyn Freundlich
Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS
Vicki Peterson
David Smolin

  • What are the hallmarks of ethical adoption professionals?
  • How has the internet influenced the way that adoption is practiced, and what are the consequences from both family and agency perspectives?
  • What lessons can be applied to adoption from consumer protection laws and policies?
  • What are the most important protections for prospective adoptive parents in international adoption?
  • What is the most appropriate, effective legal response to trafficking in children for purposes of adoption?

Subsidies and Other (Un)available Resources

Linda Hageman
Barbara Holtan
Joe Kroll

  • Are current financial supports adequate for children with special needs and their adoptive families?
  • What impact have tax credits had on adoption costs? Have they been effective in promoting the adoption of children?
  • Do the costs of adoption “freeze out” qualified adoptive families?
  • What resources should be in place to ensure that qualified families can adopt and then meet their children’s needs?

Professional Challenges in Ethical Intercountry Adoption Practice

Gary Gamer
Richard Klarberg
Elena Langrill
Barbara McArtney

  • What are the components of “model” ethical adoption practice?
  • How can licensing and accrediting bodies promote ethical and competent adoption practice?
  • What roles can adoption professionals play in improving practice – in the field of adoption as well as in mental health, education, and other service systems?
  • How can adoption professionals best balance the important interests of all parties to an adoption (children, expectant parents, adoptive families and businesses)?


  • Keynote by Barbara Holton
  • Address by Regina Reeves Solomon

Regulation and Protection in Intercountry adoption: Hague and IAA

Thomas Difilipo
Trish Maskew
Katherine Monahan
David Smolin

  • How will implementation of the Hague Convention change the landscape of international adoption practice?
  • What are the strengths and challenges of the US regulations that will go into effect in 2008?
  • What other regulations/laws/devices outside the Hague Convention are necessary to improve services to families and children?

Ethical Adoption Policy and Practice for Children in Foster Care

Joe Kroll
Dr. Ruth McRoy
Jane Morgan
Judge William Thorne

  • How can federal and state policy best support the needs of children in foster care who are waiting for adoptive families?
  • What practices need to be implemented, promoted or strengthened to ensure that all waiting children in foster care have a real chance to be adopted?
  • Are new policies and practices needed to shorten the time that children in foster care wait for adoptive families?

WORKSHOP 4.3 Ethical Issues in New Teproductive Technologies

Jean Benward
Naomi Cahn
Bill Cordray
Susan Golombok

  • Which ethical issues in adoption should apply to the professionals, donors and recipients of new reproductive technologies – and which should not?
  • Are there aspects of new reproductive technologies that raise questions related to “the best interest of the child”?
  • Are there ethical issues that require attention regarding donors’ and recipients’ participation in these technologies?
  • What laws, policies and “best practices” should be applied to reproductive technology practitioners, donors and recipients in the U.S.?

CLOSING SESSION & TOWN HALL – Developing Principles and an Action Plan

Adam Pertman
Linh Song

  • Reports from workgroups and future plans.
  • Workgroup presentations and discussion will lead to a statement of principles and formal recommendations published by the Donaldson Adoption Institute and Ethica.

The views of all conference participants, panelists, and bloggers other than the sponsoring organizations are their own, and are not necessarily the views of the sponsoring organizations.

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