Press Release of March 1, 2007
Ethica Appoints New Executive Director
The board of directors of Ethica, Inc., a national organization committed to ethical adoptions,is pleased to announce the appointment of Linh Song, MSW, as the organization's new executive director.
"We searched for a leader who could effectively advocate for better standards and practices in the adoption community," said Trish Maskew, Ethica's board resident. "Ms. Song has the vision, commitment, and skills to guide our mission and will be a tremendous asset to our organization. She is a welcome addition to the Ethica team and we look forward to her leadership in advocating for improved foster care and adoption practices."
Song joins Ethica with a background in social work and nonprofit administration within the Vietnamese-American and adoption communities. Most recently, she founded and served as executive director of the Mam Non Organization ( www.mamnon.org), a group providing post-adoption support for families that have adopted Vietnamese children. She holds a B.A. and M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and is a Rockefeller Fellow at the Joiner Center for War and Social Consequences. Her career has been dedicated to social justice issues such as equal access to health care for underprivileged Asian-Americans, humanitarian work, research on the experiences of Vietnamese birthmothers, and the fostering of positive racial identities and cultural awareness within the transracial adoption community.
"I am honored to be selected for this position," said Song. "Ethica's work in assisting adoptive families experiencing adoption fraud, its educational programs and its advocacy initiatives demonstrate the strong need for policy reform in both domestic and international adoption. I look forward to working for transparency and accountability within the adoption industry, and advocating for the rights of children and their families, both birth and adoptive. I'm encouraged and inspired by the group's success in empowering all members of the adoption community."
Ethica, Inc., is a nonprofit education, assistance and advocacy group, which seeks to be an independent voice for ethical adoption practices worldwide. Ethica strives to develop organizational policy and recommendations based solely on the basic ethical principles that underscore best practices in adoption and speak to the best interests of children. Ethica believes that ethical adoption services must include family preservation efforts, birth family counseling and advocacy, adequate pre-adoption training for adoptive parents, ethical placement practices, post-adoption services that include disruption assistance, and the fulfillment of lifelong responsibilities to adoptees and their families.
The Board of Ethica