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schedule

Friday, February 8
8:30 - 8:45 WELCOME
8:45 - 10:00

PLENARY 1


Orphan Rescue or Child Trafficking?
Elizabeth Bartholet, David Smolin

10:00 - 10:15 BREAK 
10:15 - 11:30

 PLENARY II


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

11:35 - 12:30

 PLENARY III/IV


Best Practices in Intercountry Adoption
Ambassador Susan Jacobs


Adoption is a Tool of Protection, Not Something to Protect Children From
Whitney Rietz

12:30 - 1:30  LUNCH
1:30 - 2:45

 BREAKOUT SESSIONS I

Orphan Rescue or Child Trafficking: A Generational Perspective
Susan Soonkeum Cox , Tara LinhLeaman , Amber Stime


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  BREAK
3:00 - 4:15`

 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, BenyamMezmur, 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  BREAK
4:30 - 5:45

 BREAKOUT SESSIONS III


Theological Perspectives on Intercountry Adoption
Erin Heim, Dennae Pierre, Sheryl Ryan

Adoption Trends: Causes and Solutions
Peter Selman, Edna Udobong, Lynn Wardle


Adoptee Adjustment and Identity Formation within the Family
Katlyn J. Christensen, Sara Docan-Morgan

5:45 - 7:00  DINNER
7:00 - 9:00

 FILM

Somewhere Between

 

Saturday, February 9
7:30 - 9:00 BREAKFAST
9:00 - 10:15

PLENARY IV


A Christian Perspective

Bert Ballard, Jedd Medefind

10:15 - 10:30 BREAK
10:30 - 11:45

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


How Religion Informs Adoption Law Part II: Christian Perspectives
Marie Failinger, David Smolin

11:45 - 1:15

 LUNCH

Attachment, Developmental and Learning Struggles
Related to Intercountry Adoptees
Gary Feldman

1:15 - 2:30

 BREAKOUT SESSIONS V


Responding to Adoption Triad Members Victimized by Abusive Adoption Practices
David Smolin


Case Study: Uganda
Isaac Obiro,Sara Ribbens, Mark Riley


Intercountry Adoption: The Multi-dimensionality of Identity Development
Bert Ballard, Jenna Cook, Angela Gee

 

2:30 - 2:45  BREAK
2:45 - 4:00

 BREAKOUT SESSIONS VI


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


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 BREAK 
4:15 - 5:30

 PLENARY V


Closing Discussion and Q&A
All Speakers

5:30 - 7:00 DINNER 
7:00 - 9:00

FILM

Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam