St. Johns Conference in Collaboration with Montclair State University announces the 2016 conference and call for proposals. Note the new conference site in NJ. Details at the conference page.
The 9th Biennial Adoption Conference
Myth and Reality in Adoption:
Transforming Practice Through Lessons Learned
New Spring Season: June 9-11, 2016
Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon
New Conference Site: Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Myth and Reality in Adoption: Transforming Practice Through Lessons Learned
For the 2016 conference, we will draw upon the lessons that the history of adoption and the practice of adoption have taught us. Over time, adoption practice has shifted from a practice focused upon social reform targeting marginalized members of society to a more modern practice in which adoption is marketed as both a form of family creation and as a form of rescue within a larger industry. These shifts in adoption practice have taken place largely at the behest of those wielding social and political power, whereas those most affected by adoption—children, their families, and their communities—have often had little to no power to affect these portrayals. The gap between myth and reality in adoption may create challenges for those who are impacted by actions outside of their agency, voice, and control….