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Adoption Initiative

St. John’s University’s Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs, in collaboration with Montclair State University, presents the Adoption Initiative, which encourages active participation from scholars, professionals, and researchers to shed light on the adoption process. As more and more families choose adoption, they face a wide range of issues for which they are unprepared. The Adoption Initiative works to increase awareness and understanding in the professional and academic communities about these challenges, so that families have more resources to help them through the process.

For the past 10 years, the Initiative has organized biennial conferences that address adoption issues from a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, and multicultural perspective. At each conference, a scholarship is given to a current graduate student who is conducting research on an adoption-related topic, and a recognition award is given to a recent doctoral graduate with an adoption-related dissertation, along with an invitation to the Initiative’s annual meeting.

The conferences also offer publication and continuing education opportunities.


For additional information, please contact:

Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP
Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs
Marillac Hall, Room 402-B