My September birthday was extra special this year, as Bryan and I traveled to New York City to interview five transracial adoptees for episode #3. We partnered with The Donaldson Adoption Institute and Spence-Chapin to recruit the adoptees, and to provide on-site clinical support. We were fortunate enough to film this episode in the library of the beautiful Calhoun School on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. Each of the participants are members of All Together Now's Teen Mentor Program. All Together Now is an organization in NYC that exists to support adoptive families. Each of the participants referenced ATN at different times, which served to reinforce my personal understanding of the importance for adoptees to have safe, adoptee-centric spaces.
I feel a mixture of pride and sadness as Episode #3 closes out The Adopted Life episode series. Bryan and I set out on this filming adventure unsure of what to expect, but committed to amplifying the voices of transracial adoptees. We have been blown away by the vulnerability, empathy & stories that have been shared and are grateful for the beautiful friendships we've made along the way.
It was a privilege to share such intimate conversations with these kids - I hope you're able to see the beauty in their voices as I did. We have enjoyed this process immensely, and are proud to have created a resource that will help to strengthen the adoption community by empowering their voices.
The Donaldson Institute Staff created an accompanying discussion guide.