Keynote Panel Discussion
Prof. René Hoksbergen, Educator, Holland,
Jean Provance, Adoptee, United States,
Leslie Wagner, Mother, Canada
How and why domestic adoption
was stopped in the Netherlands.
Ann Fessler, Adoptee, Author, Artist, Filmmaker
A Girl Like Her
Ann Fessler, author of “The Girls Who Went Away” will present her new
film A GIRL LIKE HER (2010) which explores the gap between the public
images and private experiences of women who surrendered children for
adoption in the 1950s and 60s. The film combines “educational” films
and newsreels about dating, pregnancy, “illegitimacy” and adoption from
the time period, with the voices of women who actually experienced the
Key to Symbols: A-1st Parent Realities, C- On Being Adopted, E - Search Ethics, F-Support Issues, G - Healing Concepts, H - Clinically Speaking, I- The Road Ahead, J - Other, S- Self Help
||Betty Jean Lifton, Adoptee, Author, MHP
||The Adoptee with a Thousand Selves - and None: Adoptees often feel they have no self. But they do: An adopted self. Exploration of some of the selves. A few are: the Invisible Self, the Abandoned Self, the Vampire Self, the Alternate Self, the Impostor Self - and many more.
||Karen Wilson Buterbaugh, Mother, Author,
||Not by Choice - A Perfect Crime?: Adoption
Practices and Exiled Mothers of the Baby Scoop Era. What is the truth?
An historical examination and frank discussion of closed adoption
practices during the Baby Scoop Era and how they negatively impacted
unprotected, single (‘unwed") mothers, especially those who were interred in maternity
||Christine Murphy, Adoptee, Author
||Why was this so hard for me? Why did it
take 15 years to agree to a reunion? Follow one adoptee as
she ignores the truth, denies the truth and eventually accepts the
||Penny Partridge, Author, MHP
& Evie Bond. Adoptees
| Exploring our Adoptoin Experience via the
Arts. :Art can also be surprisingly transformative, whether we
think of ourselves as artists or not - the arts can help us express
the the "inexpressible," develop "new" parts of
ourselves, connect us to others.
||Kevin Hoffman, Adoptee
||Growing Up Black In White: Hear
the crazy, funny, and scary story of a biracial transracial
adoptee growing up in Detroit in the 70's.
||Sharon Stein McNamara, Adoptee, MHP
||When adoptees feel suicidal: Theoretical
and practical methods for coping: Adoptees are in a higher risk
category for becoming suicidal when relationships are disrupted or
attachment figures fail them.
||Shannon Kline, Adoptee, Playwright, Actress
||REUNION: an autobiographical play about
search and consequences... will dramatically illustrate the
conflicted internal world of adult adoptee (Misty Watkins) confronting
search/reunion with inner child (Little Misty).
||David DaSilva, Adoptee
||Making Peace with Your Past and Embracing Your Future: An open discussion on the steps that need to be taken to heal, a presentation on what has worked for me and solicitation of ideas from the audience.
||Carol Barbieri, Adoptee, Singer
||Medical Crisis Prompts Search: When adoptee Carol
Barbieri's son was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart
condition, she began a frantic search for her natural family... Carol's
search uncovered some shocking secrets: |
** We would like to suggest that you use terms such as "mother," "natural mother," or "first mother"
(other examples are "parent," 'first father," "natural family," etc.) in presentations, as opposed to using "birth" prefixes.
(An increasing number of mothers of adoption loss and adoptees experience this prefix as offensive and oppressive). Thank you!
6:30 pm - 9:30pm
Banquet & Entertainment - Grand
10:00 pm - Midnight
Hospitality Party - Park Central (Room TBA)