International Adoption Strategy Group

We formed this group some years ago, combining core international adoption advocates with significant evangelical leaders who have been active in addressing the needs of unparented children worldwide. We meet twice a year to develop strategies to change law and policy governing children’s rights to family.  Our members include: Christopher Balding, Professor, Peking University; Paulo Barrozo, Assoc. Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Cassie Statuto Bevan, Child Welfare Fellow, UPenn; Denise Bierly, Director of Adoption, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; Kelly Dempsey, Attorney and Advocate, Dempsey Law, PLLC; Eric Freeby, Deputy Director of Adoption, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; Frank Garrott, President & CEO, Gladney Center for Adoption; Katie Jay, Statewide Director, Adoption STAR; Chuck Johnson, President and CEO, National Council for Adoption; Jason Kovaks, Director of Ministry Development, ABBA Fund; Diane Kunz, Executive Director, Center for Adoption Policy; Peter Leppanen, Strategic Advisor, Both Ends Burning; Brian Luwis, Founder and CEO, American World Adoption; Mark McDermott, Attorney, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; Jedd Medefind, President, Christian Alliance for Orphans; Peter Mitchell, Director of Communications, Center for Public Justice; Martha Osborne, RainbowKids.com Adoption & Child Welfare Advocacy; Ann Reese, Executive Director, Center for Adoption Policy; Bill Rosen, Attorney, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; Elizabeth Styffe, Director of Global HIV and Orphan Care Initiative, Saddleback Church; Snow Wu, Founder and CEO, Great Wall China Adoption.