The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.


The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 140,000 children in North America’s foster care systems waiting to be adopted and is the only national foundation dedicated exclusively to foster care adoption. Created by Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted as a child, the Foundation spearheads programs such as Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, which puts adoption recruiters in 50 states and Canada to find permanent, loving families for children in the foster care system, and Adoption-Friendly Workplace, which encourages employers to offer adoption benefits to their employees.


Spence-Chapin is an accredited, nonprofit agency that has been offering quality adoption services for almost 100 years. Our mission is to find adoptive homes for children in need here and in countries around the world.


Center for Adoption Studies at Illinois State University conducts research on adoption with the goal of increasing understanding of the needs of children awaiting adoption as well as the needs of children who have been adopted and their families.


Holt International Children’s Services is dedicated to carrying out God’s plan for every child to have a permanent, loving family.


Human Rights Campaign Foundation All Children – All Families: Finding permanent families for children by promoting fairness for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender foster and adoptive parents.


Bastard Nation advocates for the civil and human rights of adult citizens who were adopted as children. Millions of North Americans are prohibited by law from accessing personal records that pertain to their historical, genetic and legal identities. Such records are held by their governments in secret and without accountability, due solely to the fact that they were adopted. Bastard Nation campaigns for the restoration of their right to access their records. The right to know one’s identity is primarily a political issue directly affected by the practice of sealed records adoptions. Please join us in our efforts to end a hidden legacy of shame, fear and venality.


Graham’s Gift Children’s Foundation is a New York State authorized agency committed to ethical, professional adoption service provision. We specialize in home studies, independent adoptions and legal advocacy for parents. We support adoption reform.



Korean Focus offers information and support to families interested in Korean culture and the Korean American community. Our members include adoptive families, adoptees and Korean American families. Visit our website for information about programs, membership, and chapters in metro DC, northern Maryland, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Indiana.


PEAR is a grassroots group of adoptive and prospective adoptive parents who came together to discuss the lack of a unified, respected voice for adoptive families. Our membership has grown via word of mouth to include adoptees, adoption professionals, and other persons interested in meaningful ethical adoption reform from the adoptive parent point of view. We believe that the existing system needs strong reforms because it does not represent the best interest of the people most impacted by the system: the children and their families.


Adoption TODAY: The only magazine dedicated to international and transracial adoption. Your guide to the issues and answers surrounding International and domestic adoption. Written by adoptive parents, adoptees and professionals in the fields of medicine, law, education, social work, child development and International and domestic adoption.


For more than thirty years, Adoptive Families has served as the leading source of authoritative, trusted parenting information for families before and after adoption. Online, in print, and via directories and e-mail, Adoptive Families serves informative, well-written service articles selected for their appeal and universality for all adoptive families.


The American Adoption Congress comprises individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform. We represent those whose lives are touched by adoption or other loss of family continuity. We promote honesty, openness and respect for family connections in adoption, foster care and assisted reproduction. We provide education for our members and professional communities about the lifelong process of adoption. We advocate legislation that will grant every individual access to information about his or her family and heritage.


Pam Hasegawa is an Editorial Photographer, capturing life as it happens for textbooks, magazines and organizational archives. In the 1990s a mentor encouraged her to begin documenting the adoption reform movement, and she has been doing so ever since. The privilege of photographing those whose vocation or avocation is humanizing adoption laws and practices has expanded her horizons about the world of adoption; in this effort she is able to intertwine two of the greatest passions in her life. She is happy not only to participate in adoption-related conferences, but to record them on film for posterity.

The Adoption Ethics and Accountability Conference is hosted and coordinated by The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Ethica, Inc.

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

The Adoption Institute’s 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.

In order to achieve its goals, the Institute conducts and synthesizes research; offers education to inform public opinion; promotes ethical practices and legal reforms; and works to translate policy into action.

Specifically, the Institute improves the lives of people touched by adoption through many avenues:

  • Offering lawmakers reliable information and practical perspectives to improve adoption laws;
  • Providing the media with a trusted source of information;
  • Encouraging employer support for adoption;
  • Reducing barriers that impede adoption of children who need permanent families;
  • Researching policies and practices that affect adoption;
  • Educating policymakers and the public about the importance of giving adopted people access to information about their origins;
  • Developing a legal framework to ensure access to genetic information and a clear delineation of parental responsibility for children born through reproductive technology;
  • Promoting ethical standards for adoption professionals.

Website: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/

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 foster care and speak to the best interest 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 which include disruption assistance, and the fulfillment of lifelong responsibilities to adoptees and their families.

Website: http://www.ethicanet.org/

If you are interested in helping to sponsor this conference, please take a look at our sponsorship packages, or call Mari Cochran at 617.680.0808.