The Adopted Life

Strengthening the adoption community by empowering adoptee voices

It is my privilege to share first-hand experiences, encourage adoptees, inspire birth-parents, educate adoptive parents and advocate for transracial adoptees within the complex and emotional adoption system. I tend to accept opportunities that elevate the adoptee voice focusing on themes around foster care, adoption, micro-aggressions, structural racism, oppression and privilege.

 

 

Keynotes | Plenary speeches

I have delivered plenary speeches for highly acclaimed events, including the American Academy of Adoption Attorney's annual conference, Colorado's Annual Convening of Judicial and Family Court Teams, American Adoption Congress, dozens of heritage camps, fundraisers, retreats and other functions around the nation. 

 

 


Transracial adoption workshops

The workshop includes facilitated discussions about privilege, implicit bias, micro-aggressions and an adult adoptee panel. Teaching modalities will include a mix of lecture, video, open dialogue and structured activities. Participants will engage in activities designed to assist in becoming more comfortable talking to others about race and culture, particularly within the framework of transracial adoption. This workshop is designed to stretch one's thinking by identifying ways to work towards equality and anti-racism. 

Structured break out sessions/topics include: 

  • How stereotypes inform our implicit biases and how implicit bias impacts our familial interactions.
  • The difference between intent vs impact
  • Identifying micro-aggressions and strategies for how to curb them
  • Colorism - define and current event examples
  • Adult-adoptee panel
Angela delivering a keynote address at the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Angela delivering a keynote address at the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Angela presenting a workshop at the REFRESH Conference in Bellevue, WA.

Angela presenting a workshop at the REFRESH Conference in Bellevue, WA.

Angela presenting to state social workers at the Department of Job & Family Services in Ohio. 

Angela presenting to state social workers at the Department of Job & Family Services in Ohio. 


SKYPE Q&A Sessions

Angela is available via Skype for Q&A's after Closure Screenings or viewings of The Adopted Life episodes.  Q&A's would range from 30-45 minutes and would need to be scheduled at least one month in advance. This offering is intended for groups of 15 or more.


Consultations

Angela is available for Skype/Facetime sessions for Q&A's around the documentary Closure, The Adopted Life episodes, or general transracial adoption expertise.

If you would like to book a session, please use the contact form.

Angela is an open and honest presenter who carefully speaks her mind while respecting her audience. She has the ability to be both professional and very personal and helps everyone in the room think, feel, and react in new and better ways.
— Jim VanderZwan, LCSW
Angela epitomizes brilliance and beauty. She is a leading voice in adoption and for the younger generation.
— Susan Harris O'Connor, MSW National Speaker, Solo Performance Artist, Identity Specialist Author, The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee
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