Adoption Policy Conference

The Diane Abbey Law Center and the Center for Adoption Policy are pleased to present the 11th Annual Adoption Law and Policy Conference on Friday, March 7, 2014.  This year’s conference,  titled DOMA, ICWA and CHIFF:  What’s Changed in Adoption and Child Welfare Law and Policy?, will explore recent and future legal developments that impact adoption law, policy and practice.  For the program schedule and registration information, please click here.


The 2004 conference focused on developments in the fields of intercountry adoption, transnational law, and European Union law. The well-regarded journal Diplomatic History joined in cosponsoring this first annual conference. For complete speaker information and a list of topics discussed, please click here.

The 2005 conference addressed the topic of gay and lesbian adoption, touching on the history of the movement, its current status, and future prospects. The second annual conference was cosponsored by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. Complete information on the conference is available by clicking here.

The 2006 conference addressed groundbreaking issues in adoption policy, including the legal and political ramifications of continuing technological development. Click here for complete conference information.

The 2007 conference returned to a discussion of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, and that treaty’s effect on intercountry adoption in the United States. Click here for details on the fourth annual conference.

The 2008 conference investigated the structural, legal, and societal barriers that delay permanency for children in foster care who need families and suggested measures that address the pressing problems that impede the formation of adoptive families for children in care. Click here for complete information on speakers and topics.

The 2009 conference examined the state of international adoption to and from the United States one year after the effective date of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption in the U.S. Click here for more information and video from the conference.

The 2010 conference focused on the national and international policies promoting the preservation and reunification of families, as well as the creation of permanent families for parentless children. Click here for more information and to watch videos of the conference.

The 2011 conference examined the ongoing development of adoption law in the face of evolving domestic and international legal regimes. Click here for details on the conference, including CLE materials.

The 2012 conference returned to the annual conference’s roots, investigating the potential future developments in international adoption law. Click here for more details.

The 2013 conference was also very successful. Click here for more information.

For more information about past conferences, please click here.