Inter-Country Adoption Conference Coming Up at Pepperdine!

Inter-country adoption is at a crossroads.  Proponents see it as a way to provide for children without a family or a future. Critics call it a door to corruption and cultural imperialism.  Events in Russia of the last few weeks illustrate the timeliness and importance of inter-country adoption on the world stage.  This conference seeks to bring these voices together to explore this complex topic and find common ground.


The Conference will be held at Pepperdine University School of Law from February 8-9, 2013.  If you are interested in this topic, considering inter-country, or know someone who is, you won’t want to miss it.  We will welcome some of the leading thinkers and practitioners to the event.

Learn more and register on the Nootbaar Institute website.

Presentations will include:


  • Orphan Rescue or Child Trafficking: A Generational Perspective
  • Case Study: Uganda
  • Abusive Practices in Inter-country Adoption
  • Special Needs Adoption from China: Reframing Discourses Of Value And Rescue In The Chinese Transnational Adoption Program
  • Adoption Trends: Causes and Solutions


  • The Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption: Past, Present and Future
  • Special Legal Topics Raised by Inter-country Adoption
  • Forgotten, Detained, Removed: Transnational Adopted Persons and Citizenship Rights


  • Theological Perspectives on Inter-country Adoption
  • The Christian Inter-country Adoption Movement
  • Inter-country Adoption Best Practices
  • Interfaith Perspectives: How Religion Informs Adoption Law


  • Adoptee Adjustment and Identity Formation within the Family
  • Adult Adoptee Citizenship and Inter-country Adoption
  • Older Children Adopted Internationally Through Hosting Programs: The Adoptee’s Perspective
  • Inter-country Adoption: The Multi-dimensionality of Identity Development
  • Attachment, Development and Learning Struggles Related to Inter-country Adoptees

Do you work in the inter-country adoption field? Have you adopted or are you thinking about adopting? Do you have a heart for orphans and children in need?

Join us at our two day conference as we bring together scholars, politicians, lawyers, theologians, social workers, psychologists, adoptees, adoptive families and more to investigate the future of inter-country adoption.

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