The 8th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR-8) Presents

Lifelong Issues in Adoption: Reframing the Discourse Through Lived Experience

A Conference for Adoptees, Families, and Friends
Past event
Jul 12, 2024
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During the past two decades more than 27,000 adoptees have joined Minnesota families from abroad or the public welfare system. Many, if not most, are now at an age where they are grappling with issues of identity and race, questioning how and whether to search for birth family, and wondering if their early experiences might affect their physical and mental health in the future. In addition, there are many issues that are different for adopted persons (e.g., marriage, having a child, shifting identities, and changing names, caring for aging adoptive parents, etc.).

Lifelong Issues in Adoption: Reframing the Discourse Through Lived Experience is a one-day symposium where all speakers/artists will be adopted individuals. Admission fee of $75 includes a full day of lectures, panel discussions, music, and audience participation. Continental breakfast, a morning coffee break, and a box lunch will be provided.

Participants already registered for the full conference (Jul 8-12) do not need to purchase a ticket to this event. Tickets for the Fri, Jul 12 Lifelong Issues in Adoption Conference alone must be purchased separately.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR-8) from Jul 8-12 is a premier event for attendees from the Global South and Global North who are devoted to ensuring permanent, nurturing family care for every child.

Visit the International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR-8) website for a full schedule of speakers, bios, topics, and CE credit availability. 

ICAR-8 is an accredited continuing education (CE) course and all individuals in attendance of the course must provide their name, email address, profession, and degree to allow for complete attendance records, whether or not one intends to seek CE credits. Individuals who complete the online evaluation following the course will receive a certificate of completion. Multiple tickets can be purchased but they must be bought individually in order to collect the above information for each attendee. 


Speakers Include:

  • Knowledge for Us by Us: Race, Identity Work and Placemaking – Gina Miranda Samuels, PhD
  • The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be (Dutton, 2023): Exploring themes of transracial adoption through speculative memoir – Shannon Gibney, MA, MFA
  • Mapping the Life Course of Adoption Project (MAP): Health, Well-Being, and Adoptee Connections in Adulthood – Hollee A McGinnis, PhD
  • Panel of adoption scholars who are also adopted will share their perspectives on adoption scholarship moving forward – Richard Lee, PhD (Moderator)
  • Colombian Transnational Adoption Through a Liberatory Lens: Activism, Reunions, and Reparations – Susan Branco, PhD, LPC (VA), LCPC (MD), NCC, ACS, BC-TMH
  • Invisible Families: How Adoptees Use Genetic Testing – Heewon Lee, MS, CGC
  • Panel- Panel on DTC-GT and developmental tasks in adulthood that are not studied or are different for adopted persons – Judith Eckerle, MD (Moderator); Kimara Gustafson, MD, MPH (Moderator)

Know Before You Go

Event Information

  • Tickets available online until 12:00am Jul 11. Tickets available at the box office through start of the event.
  • Seating: General Admission
  • Breakfast: 8:00 am
  • Theater Doors Open: 8:45 am
  • Conference Begins: 9:00 am
  • Conference Ends: 4:30 pm
  • Tickets: Check the email you provided when you placed your order to locate your digital ticket. Be sure to check your spam or junk mail folders if you do not see them.
  • Detailed Event Information: Find Your Event Info link on your order confirmation or check your email within 48 hours for detailed information from Northrop, U of M

If you need assistance with your tickets, please call 612-624-2345, email

International Conference on Adoption Research


GHR Foundation
Both End Believing
Treat & Company
University of Minnesota Medical School
University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota Masonic Center for the Developing Brain
University of Minnesota Adoption Medicine Clinic
University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts

University of Minnesota Department of Psychology
University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science
University of Minnesota School of Social Work
University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
University of Minnesota Genetic Counseling Program
University of Minnesota Asian American Studies Program