Permanency for Children

Permanency for Children: Speakers


For biographies of some of the participating speakers, click here.


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

Ann N. Reese, Executive Director, Center for Adoption Policy

Elizabeth Bartholet, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 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

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


  • Stephanie Nicolas
  • Elena Schwieger

Dr. Charles Nelson, Harvard University

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.”

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”