American Adoption Congress Convenes in Denver, Colorado; 2012 International Conference Addresses Adoption Reform Advocacy, Education & Support; April 26th - April 29th

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The American Adoption Congress is a national nonprofit organization made up of individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform.

The American Adoption Congress is a national nonprofit organization made up of individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform. The organization promotes honesty, openness and respect for family connections and provides education for its members, the public and professional communities about the lifelong process of adoption.

People whose lives are touched by adoption...our neighbors, colleagues, extended families, sons and daughters...will participate in discussions about adoptive and biological family connections at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center on April 26 through April 29, 2012 in Denver Colorado. For more information, please log on to http://www.americanadoptioncongress.org.

Volunteers from across the country are available now for interviews to highlight the significant issues being addressed in the field including:

  •     How to find out more about the realities of the lifelong journey of adoption.
  •     Addressing the impact of adoption on the day-to-day lives of adult adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents.
  •     Legislative reform and advocacy to gain access to original birth certificates for all adopted adults, as a basic civil right.
  •     Adoptees need access to health information about their biological families.
  •     Everyone has the right to know their family history and understand their own identity.
  •     Supporting individuals who are searching for their biological families and helping them with their expectations about reunion, blending families and the possibility of rejection.

Adoption: No Secrets. No Fear.
Donnie Davis, President, American Adoption Congress, says, “Our theme, Adoption: No Secrets No Fear, is about normalizing the process of reunion and reconnection between adoptive and biological families. It is about the connection that birth parents feel with their children and their desire to know them as adults. It is about the benefits of open adoption and openness at every stage of the adoption journey. It is about adoption and why secrets and fear have no place in the process.”

AMERICAN ADOPTION CONGRESS EXPERTS FOR INTERVIEWS

Donnie Davis, President of the American Adoption Congress, West Regional Director. Ms. Davis has been happily reunited with her daughter for 17 years and facilitates a support group dedicated to helping adoptive and biological families reconnect. She has been the organization’s Utah State Representative since 1999 and chaired the 2010 conference, “Voices of Adoption: Speaking Our Truth, Restoring Our Rights.”

Pam Kroskie, Mid-West Regional Director, Indiana Representative for the American Adoption Congress. Ms. Kroskie is a reunited adopted adult. She is the host of the organization’s News and Views blog talk radio show, president of Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records in Indiana and speaks on behalf of adoptees advocating for access to their original birth certificates.

Nikki Lebo, Communications Chair, Georgia State Representative for the American Adoption Congress. Ms. Lebo is a reunited adopted adult. She is a founding member of Georgians for Equal Access to Records, dedicated to restoring the right for adult adoptees to obtain original birth certificates. She participates in adoption support groups and educates the public about the lifelong journey of adoption.

Wendy Rowney, Vice President, Canadian Liaison for the American Adoption Congress. Ms. Rowney is a reunited adopted adult. She is president of Adoption Support Kinship in Toronto and previously on the boards of Adoption Council of Canada, Adoption Council of Ontario and the Coalition for Open Adoption Records.

Paul Schibbelhute, New England Regional Director, Legislative Committee Chairman of the American Adoption Congress. He is a birth father who reunited with his birth son in 1998. He has helped organize grassroots efforts in New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut dedicated to restoring the human right for all adult adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates. He also serves as vice president of the Adoption Community of New England.

The American Adoption Congress can arrange interviews with individuals, families and professionals from coast to coast to discuss the personal, heartfelt journey of adoption and the vital issues related to adoption reform.

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