Best Interests of Child: Race, Religion and Rescue

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.

Adoption Initiative – St. Johns University

2 Thoughts.

  1. Suz, didn’t you present at this one with Claud?

    Personally, I think you have something very worthwhile to offer as a presenter. It seems to me that religion played a big part in how adoption came to separate you from your daughter (and many other young mothers who found themselves pregnant outside of marriage).

    Just food for thought…

    • OMG. I think you are correct. How did I screw up my conferences! My apologies to Claud and Margie. Will go edit the post now. Thanks for the refresher PB! (Must be my post holidays lazy brain!)

      I agree with your statements on religion and such influencing my decisions. Let us not forget dear Father Lynch. I can also offer that the agency that brokered my child used religion to gain the trust of mothers, promising them that their children would go to Catholic families, when in fact they went to Jewish. Additionally, the agency literature, letters, sent to prospective adopters is littered with biblical references. So, yeah, I have some thoughts but I need to chew and stew on them a bit. Need to formulate an angle.

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