Jini Roby

Jini L. Roby, an attorney and social worker, is an associate professor of social work at Brigham Young University, where she researches and teaches global issues of children at risk, including those who are adopted. She has researched a wide range of topics related to adoption, including factors impacting birth parents to make the adoption decision, openness in international adoptions, feasibility of intra-family and in-country adoptions. She is currently at work on a paper on adoption ethics and the internet, and another on applying a children’s rights approach to best practice. She is a former adoption social worker, president of the Utah Adoption Council, founder and director of an agency to prevent and treat child abuse, and a guardian ad litem attorney for children in the public child welfare system. She has assisted several governments of sending countries to establish laws, regulations, and services to birth families contemplating adoption.