Adoption in the 21st Century: Redefining the Nuclear Family

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University of North Carolina School of Law

March 1, 2003

The Conference will explore legal issues surrounding nontraditional families and adoption. Topics will include: transracial adoption, transnational and intercountry adoption, adoption by gay and lesbian, disabled, and single parents, the current status of adoption policy, and reproductive technology.


The Conference is no longer accepting online registration. Registration will be available from 9:00-9:30 a.m. on the day of the conference.

The Conference offers 5 hours of CLE credit.

Registration Fees (lunch included in cost):

  • Students - Free
  • Non-Students - $20.00
  • CLE registration - $75.00


Read short descriptions of the participants in this year's conference.

9:00 - 9:30

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 - 9:45

Welcoming Remarks
Gene Nichol, Dean and Professor of Law, UNC School of Law

9:45 - 10:30

Keynote Address
Molly Shanley, Professor of Political Science, Vassar College
"Choosing Children: Ethical Issues in Adoption and Assisted Reproduction"

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 12:00

Morning Breakout Sessions

12:00 - 1:00


1:00 - 2:30

The Intersection of Transracial and Intercountry Adoption
Panelists: Howard Altstein, Elizabeth Bartholet, Twila Perry, Rita Simon
Moderator: Joan Hollinger

2:30 - 2:45


2:45 - 4:00

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

4:00 - 4:15


4:15 - 4:50

Wrap-up Panel
Panelists: TBA
Moderator: Deborah Weissman

4:50 - 5:00

Closing Remarks
Deborah Weissman

Breakout Sessions

  • Across Borders: Transnational and Intercountry Adoption, Howard Altstein & Rita Simon
  • Challenges, Stereotypes and Legal Protections for Individuals with Disabilities Pursuing Adoption, Beth Sufian
  • Reconstructing Adoption Law and Policy: Where to from Here?, Joan Hollinger
  • Rethinking Secrecy and Exclusivity in Adoption and Egg and Sperm Donation, Jana Singer & Molly Shanley
  • Single Parent Adoption and Single Parenting: Opportunities and Challenges, Nancy Dowd
  • This I Know is True: Psycho-Social Perspectives on Gay- and Lesbian-Parented Children, Charlotte Patterson
  • Transracial Adoption: Opposing Perspectives on the Best Interests of the Child, Elizabeth Bartholet & Twila Perry
  • Who will stand for me? Advocating for Gay and Lesbian Family Rights, Joseph Price, Sharon Thompson & Joan Hollinger


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