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Intercountry Adoption — Pepperdine Law School 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION:
ORPHAN RESCUE OR CHILD TRAFFICKING?

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, MALIBU, CALIFORNIA
FEBRUARY 8-9, 201

On February 8-9, 2013, the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion and Ethics at the Pepperdine School of Law will host its 10th annual conference. This year the conference will explore the complexities of intercountry adoption from legal, social, and religious perspectives. The Nootbaar Institute now welcomes proposals addressing this topic.

If you have questions about the substance of the conference, contact Bob Cochran at robert.cochran@pepperdine.edu or Jay Milbrandt at jay.milbrandt@pepperdine.edu. For questions about the details of the conference, contact Dana Zacharia by email dana.zacharia@pepperdine.edu or by phone (310) 506-6978.
SUGGESTED TOPICS:

LEGAL AND POLICY ISSUES

The current status of the Hague Convention and Convention on the Rights of the Child
Number of orphans and inter-country adoptions from various countries in recent decades; Counting global "orphans" accurately (numbers, needs, and characteristics)
Child Trafficking/Child Laundering in Intercountry Adoption
Why are the numbers of inter-country adoptions falling dramatically?
Dealing with corruption and abusive adoption practice issues
How should limitations on costs and compensation to facilitators, agencies, attorneys, social workers, parents, and orphanages be defined and enforced?
Should we permit for-profit adoption entities to participate in inter-country adoption?
Adoptee deportation and citizenship
Should US agencies be held accountable for the wrongdoing of their foreign partners?
How can inter-country adoption be developed in a way that does not undermine positive development of local child welfare and human welfare efforts?
Providing accurate information in child study and home study documents: the problem of matching and older/special needs placement
Subsidiarity in the intercountry adoption system

ADOPTION AND THE CHURCH

Biblical teaching on adoption and orphans
Orphan care v. widow and orphan care: adoption v. family preservation/re-unification
Truth-telling and adoption: the problem of "as if" and closed records adoption from a Biblical/Theology Perspective
Theology of Adoption
Terminology problems – Does, "The Least of These" stigmatize these children?
Is poverty a proper ground for inter-country adoption?
Church involvement – orphanages vs boarding schools
Orphan care vs Adoption
Role of the church in ministry to adoption triad members (adoptees as children and adults, original families, adoptive families and families seeking to adopt)

FAMILIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES

Post-placement challenges and structures
Cultural identity challenges faced after children are placed in a family
Role of birth/original families in adoptive children's lives
Is there a duty to provide reasonable family preservation efforts in a systemic way?
Importance of race to the identity of an adopted person
Future of post-adoption resources
Older children and special needs adoption

CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES

What are the social challenges of the substantial growth in those interested in adopting?
Child sponsorship and the risks it creates
What are the effects of voluntourism?
Role of adult adoptees in policy formation
Enhancing adult adoptee voice and representation
Identity and demographic issues of the "third" generation of adoptees – what does the future hold?
A voice for original/birth families


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