Advisory Board

ICAN's advisory board is comprised of both adoptive parents and experts in the waiting child field. Our advisory board members are constantly striving to fight on behalf of adoptive children worldwide.

Dr. Patrick S. Bordnick is a Professor with the University of Houston-Graduate College of Social Work. Dr. Bordnick is the director of the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research and the Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab. He has over fifteen years experience in clinical and laboratory research on addictions and mental health issues. Research interest areas include clinical trials, treatment development, human laboratory studies, virtual reality, and international adoption. Dr. Bordnick has been funded as a research fellow and has individual grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Bordnick is Co-researcher on many NIH funded projects and has had numerous state and privately funded projects. Dr. Bordnick received an international award in 2004 for outstanding scientific merit in VR drug abuse research from the Canada Chair in Cyber Psychology.  He is also a licensed clinical social worker in Texas. Dr. Bordnick is the father of three adopted girls from China and worked with Great Wall in the Hope Camp last April in China. His wife, Allison, is a regional officer for Great Wall and helps to educated parents on the China Waiting Child program. Dr. Bordnick’s publications include: A preliminary investigation of the effectiveness of attachment therapy for children with reactive attachment disorder in the Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Dr. David Springer is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate Adviser, and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also an Investigator of Inter-American Institute for Youth Justice and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology. Dr. Springer has authored or edited several books, including — Substance Abuse Treatment for Criminal Offenders: An Evidence-Based Guide for Practitioners, Social Work in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings, Handbook of Forensic Mental Health with Victims and Offenders,  Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice: Policies, Programs and Intervention Strategies, and Developing and Validating Rapid Assessment Instruments  and has authored or co-authored over 100 articles, book chapters, and reports that primarily coalesce juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, and interventions with youth. He is currently co-editing a series of books, the Clinician's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice (with Allen Rubin, published by John Wiley and Sons), in which each volume of the series provides an in-depth description of several evidence-based interventions that focus on a specific clinical area of treatment.  Dr. Springer has been selected into Who's Who in Social Sciences Higher Education; Cambridge Who's Who in Research, Medicine, and Healthcare; Who's Who in America; and Who's Who in the World. In recognition of his work with the Blue Ribbon Task Force, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Texas Chapter/Austin Branch selected Dr. Springer as the 2008 Social Worker of the Year.

Dr. Jane Aronson has been a pediatrician since 1986. She has a solo pediatric practice in Manhattan specializing in adoption medicine since 2000 and has evaluated well over 9,000 adopted children. She has travelled to orphanages in Haiti, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, China, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Latin America while on medical missions. In addition, Dr. Aronson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Columbia University. Since 1997, she has provided direct services to orphaned children through her foundation, Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO). WWO began its work by creating a “peace corps” for orphanages by commissioning university students and healthcare professionals, who are called “Orphan Rangers”, to support orphans. Since 1997, Dr. Aronson has funded over 120 Orphan Rangers in a dozen countries. Over the past 6 years, WWO has created HIV/AIDS programs for orphans in Ethiopia and Vietnam as well as schools, camps, sports programs and early intervention programs. WWO has partnerships with governments and prominent organizations like AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Unicef, Hole in the Wall Camps and A Child’s Right. Dr.Jane Aronson was recently honored by Glamour magazine on November 9, 2009, as one of 10 Women of the Year. She is a parent through adoption and has two sons, Benjamin, 9 years old, from Viet Nam and Desalegn, 11 years old, from Ethiopia.

Dr. Heidi Schwarzwald is the Director of the Texas Children's Health Center for International Adoption. Dr. Schwarzwald is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Schwarzwald's primary focus is on International Child Health and Pediatric AIDS. She is the clinical chief of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative and Retrovirology Clinic, the worlds largest pediatric AIDS outreach effort.  She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.