2005 Adoption Policy Conference

Gay and Lesbian Adoption: Past, Present, and Future

Adoption law today reflects the dramatic changes in and growing inclusiveness of American society. The 2005 Annual Adoption Policy Conference focused on the history of gay and lesbian adoption struggles, the current state of the law, and prospects for legal reform.

The Conference’s panels and speakers included:

Welcome and Keynote Remarks

Diane B. Kunz, Center for Adoption Policy

Adam Pertman, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (EBD)

Arthur Leonard, New York Law School

The Gay and Lesbian Family in the United States

Cynthia Russett, Yale University, Moderator

David Strah, Author, Gay Fathers

Judith Stacey, New York University, On the Front Lines of the Family Wars

Scott Ryan, Florida State University, Gay Men and Lesbian Adoptive Parents: Who Are They?

David Brodzinsky, Rutgers University and EBD, EBD Survey of Adoption Agency Practice

Roundtable on the Construction and Effect of Challenges to the Legislative and State Constitutional Bans on Gay and Lesbian Marriage and Adoption

Kris Franklin, New York Law School, Moderator

Gregory J. Wallance, Kaye Scholer LLP, Fifty-State Survey of Gay and Lesbian Adoption Law

Leslie Cooper, American Civil Liberties Union, Recent Challenges to Categorical Exclusions of Gay and Lesbian Adoptions and Fostering in Florida and Arkansas

Shannon Minter, National Center for Lesbian Rights, The California Frontier: Litigating Exclusions to Gay and Lesbian Adoption and Marriage

Stuart Delery, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Appellate Litigation Challenging Gay and Lesbian Adoption

Gay and Lesbian Adoption in the United States: A Primer

Jeanne Howard, Illinois State University and EBD, Moderator

Jane Aronson, World Wide Orphans, Choices in Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Individuals and Families

Rudy Estrada, LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund, LGBT Youth in Foster Care and Available for Adoption

Sharon Roszia, The Kinship Center, The Magic of Unending Commitment

Michael Colberg, Founding Co-Director of the Center for Family Connections, currently in private practice in New York, Being a Child-Centered LGBT Parent