The adopted life

Strengthening the adoption community by amplifying adoptees

Workshops

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, Kern Bridges Youth Homes
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Cultivating racial awareness for transracial families

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

  • Develop strategies for identifying and responding to microaggressions

  • Understand how stereotypes inform our implicit biases

Style: Small Breakout Groups | Discussion based

Time: 4-hours

Group Size: 25-50 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.



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TEEN WORKSHOP

Angela Tucker will facilitate adoption-related conversations with youth by using segments from The Adopted Life episode series to kickstart small group discussions. Angela’s primary goal is to create a safe space for adopted youth to grapple with their identity through structured prompts.

Style: Small group discussions

Time: 2 hours

Group size: 10-25 teens (age 13-19)

Learning Objectives:

  • Encourage youth to decide which aspects of their story they’d like to share with strangers and which aspects they’d like to keep private.

  • Learn about adoptee-related phenomenons, such as code-switching, micro-aggressions, identity formation, searching for biological families, reconnecting with foster families and open relationships

  • Normalize the unique experience of being an adoptee

Requirements of host site:

  • Two staff/adults present during the workshop (these individuals can not be an adoptive parent of the participants).

  • Provide an adoption-competent therapist (does not need to be licensed) to be available during the workshop and 1-hour after the workshop concludes.



Photo Credit: Emily Thornton

Photo Credit: Emily Thornton

Unpacking The Adopted Life Episodes 

Adoptees oftentimes report feeling like they are walking a tightrope - straddling the need to express unmitigated gratitude towards their adoptive parents while simultaneously feeling a curiosity about their biological parents. Angela Tucker created The Adopted Life episodes to offer a safe place for adoptees to converse about this dichotomy with other transracial adoptees. The resulting video series offers invaluable insights and an opportunity to better understand first-hand persectives from transracially adopted youth.

This workshop utilizes short video clips from the episodes to stimulate adoptee-centric conversations in small groups. This workshop is ideal for adoptive parents, teachers, therapists, social workers and anyone else who comes in contact with adopted people (all of us!). Watching all three episodes prior to attendance is suggested.

Learning Objectives:

  • Normalize and validate the unique experiences of adolescent transracial adoptees

  • Gain perspective about code-switching, micro-aggressions, adolescent racial identity formation, searching for biological families, reconnecting with foster families and open relationships

Style: Small group discussions

Time: 4 hours

Group: Size: 25-50 people