Moderator: Lori Ingber
PhD, President and Founder of Parent Match
Executive Director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Executive Director, Family Equality Council
Adult Adoptee, Director of Domestic Adoptions, Alliance for Children
The adoption process doesn't have to be scary! Get ready for an informative discussion among leading adoption researchers, adoptive parents and an adoptee about what the process looks like in real life, how to decide what kind of adoption is right for you and what you need to know before you begin the process.
Break: 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
Lori Barer Ingber
Dr. Lori Barer Ingber created Parent Match in 2008 after years of watching countless friends and family members struggle with the domestic adoption process. From time-consuming paperwork to months of waiting, Lori felt there could be a smoother, more streamlined approach to domestic adoption that also offered vital safeguards and state-of-the-art security.
As an adoptive parent of two young children, Lori made it her mission to create a better system and enhance the domestic adoption experience for adoptive families and birth parents. From here, Parent Match was born.
Lori is an expert in women’s health, health behavior and public health, and received her PhD in Public Health from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their four children.
Gabriel Blau joined Family Equality Council as the Deputy Director of Strategic Advancement in 2013 and is responsible for growing the organization’s network and support throughout the East Coast. Gabriel’s career spans both the private and non-profit sectors, including digital marketing, strategic planning, and fundraising. Gabriel was previously the Director of Development at CBST, one of the country’s oldest and largest faith based LGBTQ communities, where he also ran an $18 million capital campaign. Gabriel is a member of the advisory board of the LGBT Religious Archives Network in San Francisco, and has spoken at Columbia University, The Rothko Chapel in Houston, TX, and many other conferences and schools. He lives in New York with his husband and son.
Adam Pertman is Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national nonprofit that is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Pertman – a former Pulitzer-nominated journalist – is also Associate Editor of Adoption Quarterly, the premier research journal dealing with adoption and foster care. And he is the author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America, which will be published in spring 2011 and the first edition of which was reviewed as “the most important book ever written on the subject.” In addition, he is the author of many chapters and articles on adoption- and family-related issues in books, scholarly journals and mass-market publications.
Pertman has delivered hundreds of keynotes, trainings and other presentations in this country and internationally for organizations including the Child Welfare League of America, the American Adoption Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, the National Association of Child Advocates, and numerous professionals including judges, social workers, psychiatrists, educators and journalists – as well as pre-adoptive and adoptive parents, birthparents and adopted persons. Pertman’s commentaries on families and children have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald and on National Public Radio, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox News, among others. Articles about him, his book and the Adoption Institute have appeared in numerous publications nationwide, including the New York Times and People. As a leading expert on adoption and family issues, he is widely quoted in the media and has been a guest on many programs, including “Oprah,” “Today,” “The View” and “Nightline.”