Permanency for Children

Permanency for Children: Program



  • Diane B. Kunz, Executive Director, Center for Adoption Policy


Panel I: Different Perspectives on Permanency for Children

  • Moderator: Ann N. Reese, Executive Director, Center for Adoption Policy
  • Elizabeth Bartholet, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Child Advocacy Program
  • Carlin Meyer, Professor of Law, New York Law School and Director, Diane Abbey Center for Children and Families
  • Kathleen Strottman, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute


Panel II: Legal Issues in the Fight for Permanency

  • Moderator: Paulo Barrozo, Assistant Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
  • Joan Hollinger, University of California School of Law, “Mobile Families: Protecting Adoptive Families Across State and National Borders”
  • Richard Carlsson , St. Joseph College of Law, Hague Issues
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
    • Julie A. Turner
    • Elizabeth A. Russo
    • Richard M. Rothblatt
    • Katie Rasor
  • Lawyers from WilmerHale discussing citizenship and adoption status of children adopted internationally through fraudulent adoption proceedings (projects undertaken on behalf of the Center for Adoption Policy)
    • Stephanie Nicolas
    • Elena Schwieger


Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Charles Nelson, Harvard University


Panel III: Supporting Children Here and There: With Special Focus on the Haitian Orphan Situation

  • Moderator: William J. Bistransky, Chief of the Adoption Unit, Office of Children’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Philip Cohen, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Health of Children Adopted Internationally.”
  • Dr. Jane Aronson, Founder and CEO, Worldwide Orphans Foundation
  • Tom DiFilipo, President and CEO, Joint Council on International Children Services
  • Heather Burke, Centers for Disease Control, “What CDC is Doing to Work with Children to be Adopted Internationally and Those Who Remain in Country.”


Panel IV: Immigration Issues and Children’s Rights (Sponsored Together with the Safe Passage Program)

  • Moderator: Lindsay Curcio, Adjunct Professor, New York Law School; Codirector, Safe Passage Immigration Project, Justice Action Center
  • Nancy Roberston, The Grace Children’s Foundation, “Helping to Bring Children to the U.S. for Medical Treatment.”
  • Whitney Reitz, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Washington, D.C. “How CIS Headquarters Views Immigrant Visa Issues”