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.
Able to define racism, microaggressions, colorism, stereotypes, and implicit bias; , and understand how each topic relates to transracial families
Identify the difference between intent and impact
Gain skills to articulate own beliefs about racism, norms and transracial adoption related issues.
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.
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.