KEYNOTE: Nevertheless, She persisted
LENGTH: 50 minutes
Angela was born with a confusing array of medical issues that baffled the doctors. Recieving a diagnosis of Spastic Quadriplegia and the label of "Failure To Thrive," Angela’s future trajectory was all but predetermined before her first birthday. Her early caregivers had meager expectations for her life and finding an adoptive family proved so difficult that it warranted discounted adoption fees.
Angela has lived a life of defying the odds. She shocked many by learning how to walk and going on to play collegiate basketball. She broke through the legal and State barriers which all but prevented her from finding and meeting her birth parents. Angela has lived a life full of tests of patience, strength and endurance - all challenges for which Angela has risen to with grace.
Angela offers her vulnerable story as an attempt to expand the narrative of what it means to be an adoptee.
WORKSHOP: Transracial Adoption
Adopting, fostering and/or caregiving transracially requires caregivers to have sustained and healthy discussions about race and culture. The workshop includes facilitated discussions about privilege, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and an adult adoptee panel*. Participants will engage in activities to become more comfortable talking to others about race and culture, particularly within the framework of transracial adoption.
As a transracial adoptee herself, Angela will share her personal experiences to support a deeper understanding of the lifelong impacts of racial awareness and the transracial adoptee. Teaching modalities include facilitated discussions, an adult adoptee panel*, lecture, video, open dialogue and structured activities.
Angela Tucker draws from the scholarship of Dr. Gina Samuels, Dr. JaeRan Kim and Harris O’Connor’s Racial Identity Model for Transracial Adoptees to offer a deeper understanding of how transracial adoptees grow through the development stages of racial awareness to racial identity.
Development of strategies for identifying, preventing and responding to adoption-specific microaggressions with guided opportunity to develop a personalized action plan.
Gain awareness amongst attendees of their respective positions of privilege
Practice of having open and honest conversations about race, culture and identity in small groups
Style: Lecture | Small Groups | Discussion-based
Group Size: 25-100 people
*If you desire this workshop to include a transracial adult adoptee panel, there is an additional fee. The fee allows us to compensate the panelists.
WORKSHOP: THE ADOPTED LIFE EPISODES
The adoption experience is a multifaceted journey for the entire family, but it is often the adoptee who bears the brunt of navigating the complexity of the experience. The nuanced perspectives of adopted youth of color are often overlooked in white-dominated spaces, including school communities, society at large and even, in some cases, by their adoptive parents. This workshop will provide a unique window into these first-hand narratives, offering invaluable insight into the complex realities of transracial adoptees and their families.
Attendees will view excerpts from “The Adopted Life” episodes which feature the voices of teen adoptees of color, who have been adopted domestically and internationally. Angela will guide participants through a facilitated group discussion exploring the impact of privilege, implicit bias, and microaggressions as they affect adoptees, and explore reactions to the shared, lived experiences of the transracially adoptive youth who are featured.
Introduction to vocabulary related to adoption, the needs of adoptees, and increased awareness amongst attendees of their respective positions of privilege.
Practice of having open and honest conversations about race, culture and identity in small groups;
Style: Video | Small Groups | Discussion-based
Group Size: 25-100 people
This workshop is appropriate for teens and adults alike.
Angela is available to support adoptees (ages 10+), adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents and adoption professionals via 30-minute virtual consultations. Discussions can center around any adoption-related issue that you are facing. To book a session, please contact us.
Please Note: Angela is not a therapist, but is happy to offer referrals if appropriate.