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The Mission of the the Adoption Initiative:
Aware of the fact that an increased number of individuals in our society are looking at adoption as a legitimate way to form their families; and aware of the fact, as well, of the many fundamental and unanswered questions raised by these individuals as they face the numerous and complex challenges associated with the adoption experience, for which they were unprepared; and finally, aware of the fact that the professional and academic community has been ill-prepared to address these questions adequately, St. John’s University decided to create a structure where answers to the many challenges affecting the lives of members of the adoption triad are systematically addressed.
It was in this context that The Adoption Initiative (http://adoptioninitiative.org/wordpress/) was created as a structure within the Office of Post-graduate Professional Training and Development Programs, (http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/graduate/liberalarts/professional/professional) specifically for the purpose of encouraging and promoting in the professional and scientific community a better and more profound understanding of the most critical adoption issues affecting our society at large. More specifically, The Adoption Initiative seeks to create a dynamic structure where scholars, professionals, researchers and other individuals interested in advancing our understanding about all the aspects of the adoption experience are brought together routinely to discuss their most recent contributions in this regard.
Concerned with the fact that the lack of awareness and understanding by the professional and academic community about the fundamental challenges that tend to affect the lives of so many members of the adoption triad is likely to remain unchanged (due to the fact that most graduate programs, for the most part, do not include discussions of adoption issues in their training curricula), The Adoption Initiative seeks to work closely with other academic institutions to encourage more active discussion of adoption issues in graduate and professional training programs.
Aware also that the questions and challenges raised by the practice and experience of adoption are so numerous and complex that a multidisciplinary effort is required, The Adoption Initiative encourages and seeks active participation from members from the various disciplines who will engage in and support this effort. It is clear that only by such participation may more comprehensive answers to the various questions in adoption be made possible.
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