Adoption Experience 2012 October 18-20 Toronto, Canada

Ann Fessler

“A Girl Like Her”

Ann showed her award winning film “A Girl Like Her” and took questions afterwards.
DVD can be purchased:

Peter Dodds

“International Adoption”

Peter exposed the truth about international adoption and related those facts to his personal experience as an adopted person from Germany into the USA.

Peter’s powerpoint presentation can be viewed here:

Read Peter’s book “Outer Search Inner Journey”

Mari Steed

”Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries”
The daughter of a Magdalen Laundry survivor adopted into the USA, Mari educated the group about Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries and the fight to restore justice to the women who suffered in these institutions.

See Justice for Magdalens

See Book: Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries and the Nation’s Architecture of Containment

Barbara Estabrooks

”Giving Voice”

Workshop participants saw Barbara’s powerful documentary “Birthmothers Never Forget” followed by discussion about the transforming and validating
power of “telling”.

DVD can be purchased

Karen Balcom/Esther Segal

Montreal Black Market Babies

In this workshop, participants learned about the trafficking of the Montreal Black Market Babies and how the search for their identity has
led to a DNA project.

Karen Balcom is the author of The Traffic in Babies: Cross Border Adoption and Baby Selling between the United States and Canada 1930-1972
Esther Segal and other “Montreal Black Market Babies” shared their stories followed by discussion.

Get Karen’s book

The Vance Twins

“Korean Adoption” – The Search for Mother Missing

Janette and Janine shared their adoption story and their quest to spread awareness about the realities of international adoption through their group Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network. Participants also learned about the current adoption climate in Korea and the role of adoption agencies like Holt International.

See their website

Valerie Andrews

Sales and Marketing Techniques in Modern Domestic Infant Adoption

This workshop explored coercive tactics used by the modern adoption industry viewed through the perspective of professional marketing and sales strategies and techniques.