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Perspectives on Transracial Adoption

Estimated: 1 1/2 Hours

Perspectives on Transracial Adoption

Perspectives on Transracial Adoption  is an honest dialogue about some of the realities and complex issues that children adopted transracially may experience and how their parents can guide, support and prepare them.

Join us for a moderated panel of people who were transracially placed. Our panelists come from varied backgrounds. Some were adopted internationally while others were adopted as infants domestically or through the foster care system.

They will reflect back to their childhood as well as comment on their current feelings about being transracially adopted.

We will pose to the panelists YOUR questions such as:

1. When and how do I discuss race with my child?

2. What should I as a parent do to ensure connection with my child's birth culture?

3. What did their adoptive parents do that helped them through the journey?

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Session Leader:

Patti Waldmeir

Patti Waldmeir is an award-winning author and journalist. She has spent nearly forty years working as a reporter and columnist for the Financial Times. Her latest book focuses on a more personal issue. When she adopted two daughters from China, she decided to move the family to Shanghai to help them keep close to their Chinese heritage. Chinese Lessons is a story of identity, race and culture, told through the prism of family.

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Session Leader:

Angela Tucker

Angela Tucker is a nationally-recognized thought leader on transracial adoption and is an advocate for adoptee rights.  She’s currently the Director of Post Adoption Services at Amara in Seattle, and was the subject of the documentary “Closure.” She blogs at TheAdoptedLife.com

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Session Leader:

Katelyn Marks

Katelyn Marks is the Social Services Assistant and Camp Director for Holt International Children’s Services. Adopted transracially from Korea as an infant, she grew up in Oregon without ties to the adoptee community but as Camp Director fosters such connections for her campers. Katelyn is currently pursuing her Master in Social Work.

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Session Leader:

Miguel Lindgren

Miguel Lindgren was adopted from Colombia when he was 14 years old. He was adopted into a family with seven other adopted children, and three biological children. Miguel, a business systems analyst, met his wife, Monica, volunteering at Children’s Home Society and Family Services. They are adoptive parents as well.

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Session Leader:

Rachel Alder

Rachel Alder is the program director for The Ivy Girl Academy and the nonprofit the Ivy Foundation which promotes leadership skills in teens. She was adopted transracially and grew up with one older brother. She is currently in school studying Neuroscience and Social Work, and has a passion for improving the foster care system and post adoptive services and education. She loves all things sports, and was a dual sport collegiate athlete in both water polo and swimming. She spends any spare time at the pool. She lives in Utah

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