Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ethics in Adoption Conference

We here at Fleas Biting and all those who are concerned about ethical adoption practice, are excited about the upcoming Ethics and Accountability in Adoption Conference to be held next month (October 2007) in Arlington, VA.

Co-sponsored by Ethica and the Evan B. Donaldson Institute, the conference will feature more than 80 confirmed speakers, including among others, our own Usha from here at Fleas Biting.

There will be also be time to meet and mix with several bloggers including Usha and I, during the "Meet the Bloggers" reception.

Please consider joining us and others concerned about adoption ethics and accountability for this conference.

Adoption Ethics and Accountability Conference
October 15-16, 2007
Arlington, Virginia

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Ethica, Inc. are co-sponsoring an exciting and timely conference, Adoption Ethics and Accountability, in Arlington, VA. This is the second conference hosted by the Adoption Institute that focuses on critical ethical issues in the field today.

Join us as we explore ethical issues in adoption with adoption experts and members of the adoption community. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend panel discussions and workshops focusing on a variety of issues including birthfamily rights, transracial adoption, birthfamily and records searches, industry regulation, and best practices.

Dates: Monday/Tuesday - October 15-16, 2007

Fee: $325 full conference registration ($162 one day)

Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway,
Arlington , VA
1-800-228-9290 or 703-920-3230

When making your hotel reservation, reference Adoption Ethics Conference to get your reduced rate:
$179 for single/double; $189 for triple and $209 for quad.

Book now - Rates are normally $269 to $329 and higher.

If you are interested in sharing a room with another conference attendee, please contact kjohnson @ (remove spaces). We will provide your name and email address to those interested; however, you are responsible for making your own payment and accommodation arrangements.

For more information, please contact Mari Cochran at 617.680.0808.
Conference Organization:

The conference is divided into four parts; each part will concentrate on a single topic:
The conference format will focus on four key topic areas presented first by a panel in a plenary session, followed by facilitated workgroups comprised of a panel of speakers to address and explore each aspect of the topic in greater depth. It is our desire that this “open dialogue” format involving over 75 adoption professionals will be the cornerstone to compiling recommendations for a concrete action plan to be presented following the conference.
Plenary Topics include:
  • Accountability to Families of Origin
  • Accountability to Children and Adopted Adults
  • Accountability to Prospective and Current Adoptive Families
  • Summary: Regulation, Protection, and Ethical Practice
For additional information on the subtopics covered in the "open dialogue" workshops in the first two plenary topics, go to Adoption Ethics and Accountability Conference, Schedule for October 16, 2007.

For additional information on the subtopics covered in the "open dialogue" workshops for the last two plenary topics, go to Adoption Ethics and Accountability Conference, Schedule for October 15, 2007.

For a list of conference speakers, go to Adoption Ethics and Accountability Conference, Speakers

Conference organizers would like YOUR INPUT in the form of your participation in the conference. Remember, this conference is not just a sit and listen to someone else's ideas conference, but a listen, contribute, converse, and dialogue conference. Organizers are not looking for passive bodies to fill chairs, but active and involved participatants, whether they are speakers or attendees. Speakers will speak and listen. And attendees will listen and speak. This conference promises to be one that helps everyone grow and learn and expand their minds and broaden their knowledge base.

We here at Fleasbiting would love to see and meet you there and hear YOUR ideas.

"Ya'll come now, ya hear?"

For more information and to read more about the conference, click on any of the badges on this blog page.


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