Event Schedule

Photos of the events in the schedule are available online.

WEDNESDAY - April 13
  International guests began arriving in Washington D.C.
THURSDAY- April 14
12:00pm International Press Club—Adoptee Press Conference Video
Photos available online.
2:00pm Registration begins / Exhibit Area Opens
4:00pm "Anthology" Book signing—Hyatt Hotel
6:00-8:30pm Informal Welcome Reception—Thornton Room, Hyatt

FRIDAY - April 15

7:30-8:30 a.m.                         Continental Breakfast

                                                Registration and Exhibits open


8:30-10:20 a.m.                        Welcome Plenary

                                                            Ms. Susan Soonkeum Cox

                                                                        Vice President, Policy & External Affairs, Holt International

                                                            Mr. Ted Chen

                                                                        W.K. Kellogg Foundation

                                                            Mr. Glenn Morey

                                                                        Adoptees for Children

                                                            Mr. Jeffrey Saddington

Board Chair, Holt International

                                                            Mr. Kim S. Brown

President & CEO, Holt International


9:25-9:40 a.m.                         Opening Keynote                                           

“Intercountry Adoption—the Genesis”

                                                            Dr. Han Duk-Soo       

                                                                        South Korean Ambassador to the United States


9:45-10:00 a.m.                                   “Intercountry Adoption—the U.S. Perspective”

                                                            Ambassador Susan Jacobs

                                                                        Special Advisor to the Office of Children’s Issues

                                                                        Department of State - Presentation Notes


10:00-10:20 a.m.                     “A global view of intercountry adoption and its challenges; the role of the Permanent Bureau”
            Ms. Jenny Degeling

The Hague Permanent Bureau


10:20-10:40 a.m.                     Break


10:40-11:30 a.m.                     “Intercountry Adoption & Child Welfare—Who are the Children?”

                                                            Dr. Dana Johnson, M.S., Ph.D., & Dr. Judith K. Eckerle - PPT of presentation - 13MB

Neonatology & Global Pediatrics, University of Minnesota


11:30-11:40 a.m.                     Q&A


11:45 a.m.                               Walk to Senate Russell Building / security clearance required


12:15-1:30 p.m.                       Luncheon reception Kennedy Caucus Room — Photos                          

Representative Jim McDermott


1:30-2:00 p.m.                         Walk back to Hyatt Hotel


2:00-3:25p.m.                          Afternoon Plenary:  

“International Child Welfare & Intercountry Adoption”



                                                            Ms. Linda Spears CWLA


2:05-2:30 p.m.                          “The European Perspective”

                                                             Ms. Pia Brandsnes, MSW



2:30-2:55 p.m.                         “Africa—is it the new Asia?”

Ms. Amber Stime, MSW, President

The African Cradle

2:55-3:25 p.m.                         “Behind the numbers”

            Mr. Peter Selman, Ph.D - PPT presentation - 504 kb

University of Newcastle


3:25-3:45                                 Break



3:45-4:00                                 “Fixing the Orphan Crisis”    

                                                            Mr. Craig Juntunen, President

                                                                        Both Ends Burning


4:00-4:30                                 “Caring for the World’s Orphans”

                                                            Mr. Sam Worthington, CEO



4:30-5:00 p.m.                         Q&A    Ms. Linda Spears CWLA, Moderator


6:15 p.m.                                 Meet in Lobby


6:30 p.m.                                 Board Motor Coaches


7:30-9:30 p.m.                         Dinner at Residence of Ambassador Han Duk Soo

                                                            (Black tie optional – cultural dress welcome)


9:30 p.m.                                 Buses return to Hyatt


SATURDAY – April 16

7:30-8:30 a.m.                         Continental Breakfast / Registration and Exhibits open

8:30-10:30 a.m.                       Opening Plenary: Panel l

“What we think you should know about Intercountry Adoption”

                                                Ms. Susan Soonkeum Cox, Moderator

                                                            Vice President, Policy & External Affairs, Holt International

                                                Ms. Amanda Baden, Ph.D

                                                Ms. Susan Alvarado, LPC, PLLC - Click for a PPT of her presentation - 373kb

Q&A session    

10:30-11:00 a.m.                     Break


11:00-12:00pm                        Adult Adoptee Panel 11: 

“Adoptees Giving Back”

                                                            Mr. Stephen Morrison

                                                            Ms. Desi Stephens

12:15-1:15 p.m.                       Buffet Lunch


1:20-4:00pm                            Adult Adoptee Panel lll: 

“Intercountry Adoption Diaspora”

                                                            Mr. Tuy Buchner, Vietnam

                                                            Ms. Ashti Mistry, India

                                                            Ms. Lorial Crowder, Philippines

                                                            Ms. Caroline M. Johnston & Mr. Thomas Guibert

                                                                        Adoptee married to adoptee

Mr. Dan Dietrich       

                                                                        Adoptee who adopted


3:00-4:00 p.m.                         Closing Plenary: Adult Adoptee Panel 1V

                                                “What we’ve learned so far”

                                                            Ms. Margaret Fitch-Hauser, Ph.D

                                                            Ms. Tara Linh Leaman, J.D., Evan B. Donaldson    

                                                Closing remarks:

                                                            Mr. Kim Brown, Holt International

Ms. Heather Tesoriero, Adoptees for Children


6:15-7:00 p.m.                         Gala Reception—Columbia Rooms A/B (black tie optional)            

7:00-10:00 p.m.                       Gala Dinner & Closing Program

                                                            The Honorable Marjorie Margolies

SUNDAY - April 17
  Brunch for David Kim Endowment donors—Thornton Room, Hyatt



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