Welcome to the 10th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference!

The Adoption Initiative 

St. John's University in Collaboration with Montclair State University

The Evolution of Adoption Practice: Activist and Community Perspectives

We are happy to announce the dates for our upcoming VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 

 Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 2022

Thank you to all who have submitted proposals already and we have kept them on file. The submissions portal is now open. New due dates are below. In the meantime, we wish for you the strength to endure. In particular, to our Asian community members, increased racism and violence continues to escalate, as times become more desperate. Let us stand together.

Please see The Adoption Initiative's Statement on Black Lives Matter #BLM(download PDF) crafted by Daniel Drennan ElAwar on behalf of the Adoption Initiative.  



Nov. 15, 2021

Call for Papers Due

Scholarship Applications Due

Jan. 1, 2021

Registration Opens

Jan. 15, 2022

Notification of Proposal Acceptances

Award Applications Due

Feb. 15, 2022

Presenters Must Register by this Date

ADA Accommodations 

The Adoption Initiative Conference is seeking to promote inclusivity for all. We will seek to provide American Sign Language interpreters throughout the conference upon request. Please email the adoptioninitiative@gmail.com with requests and indicate requests when registering.

Attendee Registration

Create an account and register for the conference. After completing the registration, tickets can be purchased at EventBrite

Purchase Tickets 

To register for this conference, please fill out the Adoption Initiative Attendee Registration Form on this website. 

(On the Tickets page, click "Select Number of Attendees" to complete the form.)

To purchase tickets for the conference and/or to make a donation to the Adoption Initiative, go to Adoption Initiative on EventBrite


In an effort to be inclusive of those whose lives have been impacted by care and welfare systems including adoption, as well as those who might not necessarily have the means to pay for conference registration for other reasons, we are asking participants to consider donating more to help cover the costs for potential attendees so impacted.

Further to this, we are on a case-by-case basis extending discounted registration to those unable to attend due to financial constraints. Please contact Daniel Drennan ElAwar [drennan@panix.com] for further information if you would like to attend but are unable to for financial reasons.

We thank all of our community for thus allowing a broad spectrum of participants to attend our conference, and for helping make sure that all those who wish to attend are able to do so.


Thanks to our sponsors!

To become a sponsor or donate to support the Adoption Initiative's work, go to Sponsorship Packages

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Using the event app, attendees can:
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  • Manage their personal schedule and check-in to sessions
  • Set up 1-to-1 meetings with fellow attendees
  • View sponsors and exhibitors and their representatives, send requests to get their contact details
  • Engage in discussions on the forum

Guests can:
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  • View attendees and speakers, and their publicly available details including submitted abstracts and checked-in sessions.

Exhibitors can:
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