Session A Room
Mar 26, 2022 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM(America/New_York)
20220326T0900 20220326T1030 America/New_York Saturday Morning, Session A

Welcome to the 10th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference

The Evolution of Adoption Practice: Activist and Community Perspectives

Password for the Vimeo Videos: AIC2022PAID

AM Saturday Session A, Pt.1 Valerie Andrews https://vimeo.com/717445618

AM Saturday Session A Pt. 2 Mirah Riben https://vimeo.com/717461898

AM Saturday Session A Pt. 3 Gregory Luce https://vimeo.com/719399804

Mother Activism in Canada: The Road to the Senate 

In 2009, following in the footsteps of Australia, Origins Canada took up the mantle to obtain a national inquiry/senate study into forced adoptions in Canada. After ten years of persistent activism, a senate study was obtained, culminating in the Senate Report "The Shame is Ours". This presentation follows the very difficult road followed by activists and reformers in Canada to obtain the study, and the ongoing fight to have its recommendations implemented; including the right to mental health supports.

Valerie Andrews, PhD Student, York University, Executive Director, Origins Canada

Links Shared During Zoom Chat: 

report from the Canadian Senate in French and English: 

https://sencanada.ca/en/info-page/parl-42-1/soci-adoption-mandate/

at minute 01:08:48 Valerie Andrews: here are apology videos: https://www.google.com/search?q=youtube+apology+to+those+separated+by+adoption+julia+gillard&oq=youtube+apology+to+those+separated+by+adoption+julia+gillard&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i64.16376j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

o Links shared

o Report from the Canadian Senate in French and English: https://sencanada.ca/en/info-page/parl-42-1/soci-adoption-mandate ...

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Welcome to the 10th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference

The Evolution of Adoption Practice: Activist and Community Perspectives


Password for the Vimeo Videos: AIC2022PAID

AM Saturday Session A, Pt.1 Valerie Andrews https://vimeo.com/717445618

AM Saturday Session A Pt. 2 Mirah Riben https://vimeo.com/717461898

AM Saturday Session A Pt. 3 Gregory Luce https://vimeo.com/719399804

Mother Activism in Canada: The Road to the Senate 

In 2009, following in the footsteps of Australia, Origins Canada took up the mantle to obtain a national inquiry/senate study into forced adoptions in Canada. After ten years of persistent activism, a senate study was obtained, culminating in the Senate Report "The Shame is Ours". This presentation follows the very difficult road followed by activists and reformers in Canada to obtain the study, and the ongoing fight to have its recommendations implemented; including the right to mental health supports.

Valerie Andrews, PhD Student, York University, Executive Director, Origins Canada

Links Shared During Zoom Chat: 

report from the Canadian Senate in French and English: 

https://sencanada.ca/en/info-page/parl-42-1/soci-adoption-mandate/

at minute 01:08:48 Valerie Andrews: here are apology videos: https://www.google.com/search?q=youtube+apology+to+those+separated+by+adoption+julia+gillard&oq=youtube+apology+to+those+separated+by+adoption+julia+gillard&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i64.16376j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

o Links shared

o Report from the Canadian Senate in French and English: https://sencanada.ca/en/info-page/parl-42-1/soci-adoption-mandate/ 

o Link to multiple apology videos: https://www.google.com/search?q=youtube+apology+to+those+separated+by+adoption+julia+gillard&oq=youtube+apology+to+those+separated+by+adoption+julia+gillard&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i64.16376j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8


Ensuring Ethical Practice in Child Adoption: A Guide for Legislators, Practitioners and Consumers of Adoption Services 

Everyone assumes adoption is in the best interest of children. Is it? In whose best interest are fraudulent birth certificates? Are there sufficient regulations and enforceable guidelines in place to eliminate corruption, commodification, exploitation, coercion and conflict of interest? How much does money play a part?

Links shared by Mirah Riben:

o https://tinyurl.com/Mirah-Riben-ethics (slideshare.net)

o https://mirahriben.blogspot.com/

MIRAH RIBEN is author of two internationally acclaimed books: shedding light on… The Dark Side of Adoption (1988) and The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry (2007) and more than 250 articles. Her works are cited in more than 80 books, professional journals and theses. An advocate for family preservation and ending falsified birth certificates since 1980, Riben investigates and writes to expose corruption, coercion, exploitation, commodification of children for adoption and anonymous contract conception. She co-founded the original Origins of NJ in 1980, and is former director of the American Adoption Congress, and past VP of Origins-USA.org.

o Links shared by Mirah Riben:

o https://tinyurl.com/Mirah-Riben-ethics (slideshare.net)

o https://mirahriben.blogspot.com/


The History and Parameters of Undoing Your Adoption 

West Virginia once had a law that allowed an adult adopted person, at age 18, to "dissent" to their adoption and void it automatically. So why are there no laws today that allow a specific right of an adult adoptee to annul or undo their own adoptions, especially when it may no longer be in their best interest? 

What legal barriers to annul an adoption exist and how hard is it to overcome those barriers? If the right to annul your own adoption was more widely recognized, what would that right look like? 

Ultimately, the power to end your own adoption as an adult would constitute a shift in political and personal power and the reclaiming of adopted people's autonomy. Gregory Luce, an attorney who represents adult adopted people - including a client who vacated her own adoption - will outline the history of annulments in the United States and how that history could influence efforts to establish a right to annul your own adoption, something very few states have ever allowed.

Links Shared: Powerpoint presentation 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSNFVqBjobx_sN9KKoenpzRLhblbAc6e43T-SFjRC_9eQounWxC86L_ghxtYM4Wg-jzy2-rql_QjLec/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000

o Links Shared: Powerpoint presentation https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSNFVqBjobx_sN9KKoenpzRLhblbAc6e43T-SFjRC_9eQounWxC86L_ghxtYM4Wg-jzy2-rql_QjLec/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000

Mother Activism in Canada: The Road to the Senate
Papers/Presentation 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM (America/New_York) 2022/03/26 13:00:00 UTC - 2022/03/26 13:30:00 UTC
In 2009, following in the footsteps of Australia, Origins Canada took up the mantle to obtain a national inquiry/senate study into forced adoptions in Canada. After ten years of persistent activism, a senate study was obtained, culminating in the Senate Report “The Shame is Ours”. This presentation follows the very difficult road followed by activists and reformers in Canada to obtain the study, and the ongoing fight to have its recommendations implemented; including the right to mental health supports.
Presenters Valerie Andrews
Presenter , PhD Student, York University, Executive Director, Origins Canada
Ensuring Ethical Practice in Child Adoption: A Guide for Legislators, Practitioners and Consumers of Adoption Services
Papers/Presentation 09:30 AM - 10:00 AM (America/New_York) 2022/03/26 13:30:00 UTC - 2022/03/26 14:00:00 UTC
Everyone assumes adoption is in the best interest of children. Is it? 
In whose best interest are fraudulent birth certificates?


Are there sufficient regulations and enforceable guidelines in place to  eliminate corruption, commodification, exploitation, coercion and conflict of interest? 
How much does money play a part?


Presented by author and activist, Mirah Riben
Presenters Mirah Riben
Presenter
What's Political is Personal: The History and Parameters of Undoing Your Own Adoption
Papers/Presentation 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (America/New_York) 2022/03/26 14:00:00 UTC - 2022/03/26 14:30:00 UTC
West Virginia once had a law that allowed an adult adopted person, at age 18, to "dissent" to their adoption and void it automatically.
An adoptee as an adult can at any time seek "readoption" by a birthparent-or adoption by any other adult.
Adoptive parents have for decades been able to "disrupt" an adoption and literally give a child back or rehome them with another family, often legally. And historically most adoptive parents were given specific "return" policies that allowed them to return an adoptive child if the child was "defective" or "feeble-minded."
Adults in the past, and continuing today, have used adoption as a way to structure their own adult relationships, whether to secure inheritances, to counteract historical discrimination prohibiting same-sex marriages, or to legalize a relationship that had been denied legal recognition.
So why are there no laws today that allow a specific right of an adult adoptee to annul or undo their own adoptions, especially when it may no longer be in their best interest? What legal barriers to annul an adoption exist and how hard is it to overcome those barriers? If the right to annul your own adoption was more widely recognized, what would that right look like? Ultimately, the power to end your own adoption as an adult would constitute a shift in political and personal power and the reclaiming of adopted people's autonomy. Gregory Luce, an attorney who represents adult adopted people---including a client who vacated her own adoption---will outline the history of annulments in the United States and how that history could influence efforts to establish a right to annul your own adoption, something very few states have ever allowed.
Presenters Gregory Luce
Presenter, Adoptee Rights Law Center PLLC
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Adoptee Rights Law Center PLLC
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PhD Student, York University, Executive Director, Origins Canada
Ms. M. Nam Holtz
Planning Committee , Attendee
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Clinician, Producer/Director: Found in Korea
 Adam Pertman
Workshop presenter
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National Center on Adoption and Permanency
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Bridgewater State University
Program and Development Coordinator
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MPower Alliance
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