Psychobabbler reminded me and a few other friends on Facebook that this is an even year and as such there is an adoption conference at St. Johns. I spoke at this conference a few years ago. The session was surprisingly well attended and the entire conference was a positive experience for me (minus this odd lady who made some offensive comments about my daughter).
The conference site is up but there is not much information (yet). I would expect a call for papers, speakers, etc. soon. The conference description is Best Interests of the Child?” Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption. I am debating if I have anything worthwhile to contribute as a presenter but am fairly certain I will attend as a participant.
Below is the link to the conference site. I recommend you bookmark it. If you are a mother, father or family of origin that lost a child to adoption, I encourage you to consider submitting a paper/presentation once the call is out. To make progress, the world needs to hear ALL sides of this adoption equation, not just that of adoptive parents. Adult adoptees and all natural parents are needed.