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Conference Schedule

Friday, February 8

 7:00-8:30 A.M.

 BREAKFAST

8:30-8:45 A.M.

WELCOME

8:45-10:00 A.M.

PLENARY I
Orphan Rescue or Child Trafficking?
David Smolin, Elizabeth Bartholet

10:00-10:15 A.M.

BREAK

10:15-11:30 A.M.

PLENARY II
Intercountry Adoption Policy: The Hague Convention and Current Intercountry Adoption Trends
Peter Selman, Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Naomi Goodno

11:35-12:30 P.M.

PLENARY III
Best Practices in Intercountry Adoption
Ambassador Susan Jacobs
Adoption is a Tool of Protection, Not Something to Protect Children From
Whitney Reitz

12:30-1:30 P.M.

LUNCH

1:30-2:45 P.M.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS I
Responding to Adoption Triad Members Victimized by Abusive Adoption   Practices
David Smolin
How Religion Informs Adoption Law Part I:   Interfaith Perspectives
Mark Goldfeder, Faisal Kutty
Forgotten, Detained, Removed: Transnational   Adopted Persons and Citizenship Rights
Caitlin Kee, J. McLane Layton, Lele Morill

2:45-3:00 P.M.

BREAK

3:00-4:15 P.M.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS II
Trafficking in Intercountry Adoption
Taylor Brown, Andrea Cardarello, Mark Montgomery, Jini Roby
The Hague Convention On Intercountry   Adoption: Past, Present And Future
Elizabeth Bartholet, Lisa Harlow, Benyam Mezmur, Karen Rotabi
Special Needs Adoption From China:   Reframing Discourses Of Value And Rescue In The Chinese Transnational   Adoption Program
Julia Vich-Bertran, Sarah MacDonald, Leslie K. Wang

4:15-4:30 P.M.

BREAK

4:30-5:45 P.M.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS III
Theological Perspectives on Intercountry   Adoption
Erin Heim, Sheryl Ryan, Dennae Pierre
Adoption Trends: Causes and Solutions
Peter Selman, Edna Udobong, Lynn Wardle
Meeting The Biological Family
Sara Docan-Morgan, Debi Zacharia, OnNi Zacharia

5:45-7:00 P.M.

DINNER

7:00-9:00 P.M.

FILM
Somewhere Between

Saturday, February 9

7:30-9:00 A.M. BREAKFAST
9:00-10:15 A.M. PLENARY IV
A Christian Perspective
Jedd Medefind, Bert Ballard

10:15-10:30 A.M.

BREAK

10:30-11:45 A.M.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS IV
The Christian Intercountry Adoption   Movement
Kathryn Joyce, Jedd Medefind, Elizabeth   Styffe
Special Legal Topics Raised by Intercountry   Adoption
Deleith Gossett, Katie Hoffman, David   Koelsch, Melinda Mains
Older Children Adopted Internationally   Through Hosting Programs: The   Adoptee's Perspective
Randi Thompson, Galina Carson, Jeimmy Paola   Grande, Nikolai Hicker, Milena Hoeven, Henry Mitz, Easton Sherman

11:45-1:15 P.M.

LUNCH
Attachment, Developmental and Learning   Struggles
Related to Intercountry Adoptees   (12:15-1:15)
Gary Feldman

1:15-2:30 P.M.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS V
Case Study: Uganda
Isaac Obiro, Sara   Ribbens, Mark Riley
Intercountry Adoption: The   Multi-dimensionality of Identity Development
Bert Ballard, Jenna Cook, Angela Gee, Steve   Kalb
How Religion Informs Adoption Law Part II:   Christian Perspectives
Marie Failinger, David Smolin

2:30-2:45 P.M.

BREAK

2:45-4:00 P.M.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS VI
Adult Adoptee Citizenship and Intercountry   Adoption
Kathleen Bergquist, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs,   Kit Myers
Intercountry Adoption Best Practices
Christopher Balding, Marie Failinger,Adam Pertman, Ellen Pinderhughs

4:00-4:15 P.M.

BREAK

 4:15-5:30 P.M. PLENARY V
Closing Discussion and Q&A

5:30-7:00 P.M.

DINNER

7:00-9:00 P.M. FILM
Operation Babylift