Summary of Conference Proceedings
Ethics and Adoption:
Challenges for Today and the Future
November 3-5, 1999
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is pleased to provide this summary of the many issues that were identified, explored, and debated at the conference, Ethics and Adoption: Challenges for Today and the Future. We thank the presenters for sharing their time and expertise at the conference and for assisting us in the preparation of this document. Special acknowledgment goes to Leigh Nowicki, Program Assistant at the Adoption Institute, for overseeing the development of this summary.
It is our hope that this summary will serve as a resource to support an ongoing focus on ethics in adoption. May the dialogue continue . . . . .
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Agenda : Ethics and Adoption: Challenges for Today and the Future, Anaheim, CA
November 3-5, 1999
Wednesday, November 3, 1999
1:00 - 1:30 - Welcome and Introductions
1:30 - 2:30 - Ethics in a World Ruled by Law and the Market: Adoption, Assisted Reproduction and Parenthood
2:30 - 3:15 - Adoption as Social Institution: A Matrix of Ethical Dilemmas
3:30 - 5:30 - An Overview: What are the Key Ethical Issues in Adoption Today?
Thursday, November 4, 1999
8:30 - 9:45 - The Impact of Adoption on Members of the Triad
Moderator: Pat Reynolds-Harris
10:00 - 11:30 - Working Sessions
#2) Do Adoptees Have Rights?
11:40 - 12:20 - Plenary Session
Report Back from Working Sessions: Major Themes, Major Challenges for the Future
12:30 - 1:30 - Embodying Our Message Jim Gritter
1:45 - 3:00 - Race, Culture, and National Origin
3:15 - 4:45 - Working Sessions
5:00 - 5:30 - Plenary Session
Friday, November 5, 1999
8:30 - 9:00 - Ethics in Adoption A Values Framework
9:00 - 10:30 - Money, Power, and Accountability: The "Business" of Adoption
10:50 - 12:30 - Workshops
12:45 - 2:15 - Find the Good and Celebrate It