DNA Family Search and Reunion Viewed Through a Bioethics Lens
Intuitively, we each have a sense of what’s right and wrong. That sense is influenced by the family, culture, and time period in which we are raised and live. When deciding to search for an adopted child or biological family, there are points of a decision where we ask, “What’s the right thing to do?” It’s not always clear, and this is where discussions around “ethics” come in.
In this presentation, Brianne Kirkpatrick - a genetic counselor and family member of an adoptee - will offer a perspective based on personal and professional experience. She’ll approach the tricky family situations that arise during family search and reunion using a lens of bioethics. Brianne’s exploration of case examples and practical advice and resources will benefit all of those in the adoption constellation and the professionals who work with them.
About Brianne Kirkpatrick, MS, LCGC - Genetic Counselor and Founder of Watershed DNA
Brianne Kirkpatrick is a licensed and certified genetic counselor, consultant, and author of the books ‘The DNA Guide for Adoptees’ and 'Could the DNA Test Be Wrong?' Through her private practice and online support group, Watershed DNA, Brianne offers support and professional guidance with a focus on adoptees, donor-conceived persons, and people with unexpected family matches.
Brianne is the founder and owner of Watershed DNA (https://www.watersheddna.com/). She is also the author of The DNA Guide for Adoptees and Could the DNA Test Be Wrong?