the adopted life

Strengthening the adoption community by amplifying adoptee voices

Workshops

 Former Clients include: Department of Job & Family Services in Ohio, REFRESH Conference, Refugee and Children Services, Amara, The Barker Adoption Foundation, PACT, Adoptions Together, Second Nurture, CASE, Asian American Adoptees of Washington, Catholic Charities of Oregon, Seattle Public Schools, Wisconsin State Department

Former Clients include: Department of Job & Family Services in Ohio, REFRESH Conference, Refugee and Children Services, Amara, The Barker Adoption Foundation, PACT, Adoptions Together, Second Nurture, CASE, Asian American Adoptees of Washington, Catholic Charities of Oregon, Seattle Public Schools, Wisconsin State Department

Transracial Adoption 

Adopting transracially requires adoptive parents to give attention to and have ongoing discussions about race and culture. A prerequisite to these activities is a willingness to reflect on one’s own privilege, to understand and identify examples of colorism, to have knowledge about how stereotypes inform implicit bias, and to deal with how those biases impact familial and societal interactions. I will share my perspective in an effort to help participants gain a deeper understanding of the responsibility of parenting transracially, increase their awareness about the difference between intent and impact, and develop strategies for identifying and curbing micro-aggressions. 

Style: Small Breakout Groups | Discussion based

Time: 4-hours

Group Size: 25-50 people

Learning Objectives:

  • Able to define, spot and react to racism, microaggressions and colorism
  • Identify effective self-care habits
  • Understand how stereotypes inform our implicit biases and how implicit bias impacts our familial interactions
  • Increased comfort around topics relating to racism within the context of transracial adoption

Agenda

9:00 - 9:30 - History of Transracial adoption
9:30 - 10:30 - Definitions: Racism, Stereotypes, Implicit Bias, Colorism
10:30 -11:00 - Exploration of whiteness norms in everyday life
11:00 - 12:00 - Microaggressions breakout groups (role-play) 
12:00 -1:00 - Adult Transracial Adoptee Panel


The Adopted Life Episodes

The Adopted Life Episodes are a -series of 3-episodes, hosted by Angela featuring interviews with teen and pre-teen transracial adoptees. This workshop explores the questions and answers throughout each episode offering time for dissection and reflection.  

Style: Discussion based

Time: 3- hours

Group: Size: 25-50 people

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain awareness about code-switching, micro-aggressions, adolescent racial identity formation, searching for biological families, reconnecting with foster families and open relationships
  • Normalize the experience of adolescent transracial adoptees

Agenda: 

10-11am --- Episode #1 & Breakout discussions
11-12pm --- Episode #2 & Breakout discussions
12-1pm   ---  Episode #3 & Breakout discussions
1-1:30pm --- Wrap up and resources

“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