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Annual Conferences

For the past ten years The Center for Adoption Policy has sponsored an annual conference on Adoption Law and Policy, together with New York Law School. Held at New York Law School, The Adoption Policy Conference has brought together scholars, policymakers, social workers and adoption service personnel, as well as adoptees and adoptive families. The Adoption Policy Conference has been co-sponsored by organizations such as the Child Advocacy Program of Harvard Law School, Diplomatic History and the Even B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. The Adoption Policy Conference Papers can be accessed as noted on this page and on the Research and Projects page.

Tenth Annual Adoption Conference

To Be Held on March 1, 2013 on the topic: Ten Years Together: A Retropective Look and Prospective View at Adoption Policy and Family Creation. A Registration Link will be posted in January 2013.

Ninth Annual Adoption Conference

The Ninth Annual Adoption Policy Conference was held on March 2, 2012 on the topic of the future of International Adoption. The proceedings are available as a podcast on itunes.

Eighth Annual Adoption Conference

The Eighth Annual Adoption Policy Conference was held on March 4, 2011. The topic was "The Federal Government and Adoption: How International Law and Domestic Policies are Transforming Adoption." The proceedings are available as a podcast on itunes.

Seventh Annual Adoption Policy Conference

The Seventh Annual Adoption Policy Conference was held on March 5, 2010. The conference focused on "Permanency for Children: national and international policies that promote the preservation and reunification of families and the creation of permanent families for unparented children." Many of the presenters at this conference contributed articles to the New Yorkj Law Review Symposia Issue dedicated to the Conference proceedings: http://www.nylslawreview.com/permanency-for-children/. Also, the proceedings are available as a podcast on itunes.

Sixth Annual Adoption Policy Conference

The Sixth Annual Adoption Policy Conference was held at New York Law School on March 6, 2009. It focused on international adoption in the United States one year after the U.S. became a Hague Convention country. The proceedings are available as a podcast on itunes.

Fifth Annual Adoption Policy Conference

The Fifth Annual Adoption Policy Conference, held on April 25, 2008, was centered on domestic U.S. questions: "Waiting in America: Foster Care to Adoption. The proceedings are available as a podcast on itunes.

Fourth Annual Adoption Policy Conference

The Fourth Annual Adoption Policy Conference, held on May 18, 2007, contemplated "The United States, the Hague Convention and the Future of International Adoption." The proceedings are available as a podcast on itunes.

Third Annual Adoption Policy Conference

The Third Annual Adoption Policy Conference, held on May 18, 2006, considered the questions of "Science, Technology and Adoption."

Second Annual Adoption Policy Conference

The Second Adoption Policy Conference, held on May 20, 2005, was organized around issues arising out of "Gay and Lesbian Adoption: Past, Present, and Future." A number of presenters at that conference contributed articles to the volume, Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men: A New Dimension in Family Diversity (eds. David M. Brodzinsky and Adam Pertman (2011).

First Annual Adoption Policy Conference

The Inaugural Annual Adoption Policy Conference, held on May 21, 2004, examined "International Adoption: The European Union and Transnational Law."