2016 Conference Keynotes
37th Annual American Adoption Congress
International Conference 

Keynote Speakers
Joyce Maguire Pavao
March 30, 2016
Wednesday 4:00-5:30 PM 


As adopted people you can’t have a true future, unless you know your past.  This is true on a larger level about the world of adoption, and where it has been, and where it needs to go. As an old pioneer in adoption, I will take you through the past –the good, the bad, and the ugly –and muse about where we could go in the future..
Dr. Amanda Baden, Ph.D.
April 1, 2016
Friday 9:00-10:30 AM 

Associate Professor at Montclair State University, Co-chair of the esteemed St. John's University Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference, practitioner and author of countless publications focusing on trans racial and international adoption related issues.


Amanda Transue-Woolston, MSS, LSW
March 31, 2016
Thursday 9:00-10:30 AM


Founder and Editor of the collaborative writing project "Lost Daughters." A featured "mom activist" in 2011 for Yahoo!Voices, Amanda is best known for her internationally recognized, award-winning adoption blog, "The Declassified Adoptee."
Mark Hagland, BA, MS
April 2, 2016
Saturday 3:45-5:15 PM


Journalist, author, speaker and co-founder/moderator of the highly regarded Trans racial Adoption Facebook group of over 8000 members! 


Delores Teller, BS, MSW, LCSW; Marilyn Waugh, MA; Kathleen Nielson, MSW, Ph.D. Candidate
April 2, 2016
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Come and join Delores Teller, Marilyn Mendenhall Waugh and Kathleen Nielson for coffee this morning and listen to women who have suffered the heartache of relinquishment as they share their intimate stories of loss and longing, search and joy, guilt and forgiveness as well as acceptance and 
endurance.  Spoken with candor and humor, across different generations and adoption practices, each will tell their own journey to recovery and, often, activism for more humane family solutions. A question and answer period will follow with hope that attendees can better understand the inner thoughts and common experiences of many birth/first mothers, past and present.