Open Nest Conference

Preservation Versus Severance: Promoting Human Rights In Adoption Policy

At the conference mothers discussed their experiences of having children placed for adoption and how they are using their experiences to educate others. Adopted people talked about their experiences of adoption and what they feel services should focus upon. Adopters gave their experiences of positive open adoption and co-parenting in the best interests of adopted children. Parent and family allies discussed ways that working together across divides and creating safe spaces for dialogue can bring about positive cultural and systemic change. And this was where PFAN, the Parent, Family and Allies Network, was born.

See Beci Ward’s fabulous Live Illustrations of the conference

Live Illustrations

Live Illustrations

Here are Beci Ward's live illustrations of the Open Nest conference that launched PFAN ...
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Parental rights and parent advocacy - Andy Bilson

Parental rights and parent advocacy – Andy Bilson

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Severance is a feminist issue - Sue Robson

Severance is a feminist issue – Sue Robson

Sue is a feminist activist and campaigner with over 35 years practical experience in community development work with women and ...
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The “Forget Me Not Garden” at The Open Nest

The “Forget Me Not Garden” at The Open Nest

Parents who have lost their children to adoption have opened a memorial garden as somewhere permanent and special for parents ...
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