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FCCNY Mission Statement

Celebrate. Educate. Advocate.

We are a vibrant community of families united by the experience of adopting daughters and sons from China. We honor our children's heritage, celebrate the diversity of our families, and advocate for their acceptance and respect.

Through events, publications, online resources and community activities:

  • We seek to educate adoptive parents and families about issues surrounding adoption and adoptees
  • We strive to support the evolving needs of adoptees as they grow to understand their life stories
  • We help families learn about China and Chinese culture to strengthen our children's pride in their background and heritage
  • We provide assistance to children who remain in China's orphanages
  • We promote awareness of our community's concerns to schools, governmental bodies, cultural institutions, Asian American organizations, adoption agencies, and other groups

Families with Children from China is a 501 c(3) tax exempt organization

Address:  

FCC of Greater NY

P.O. Box 237065

Ansonia Station

New York, NY 10023

(212) 579-0115

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Orphanage Assistance 2015

Goal:
$75,000.00
Collected:
$51,440.00
69%
Help us reach our goal to assist those children who are in the care of China's orphanage system and foster care. Every donation makes a difference!

Articles



Just Presented... 

Birth Parent Search and Reunions in China
AN FCC EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS
by
Dr. Iris Chin Ponte and Dr. Leslie Wang
 
 
DATE:      SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2015
TIME:      2:00 to 5:00 PM
PLACE:     NYU, Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South, 9th Floor
New York, NY
         
Have people really found their birth parents in China? Should I search on behalf of my child? What is the birth parent search process like? What is a birth parent reunion like?
 
These are some questions that adoptive families from China are beginning to ask. This workshop is a special opportunity to learn from the first study to investigate the new trend of birthparent search among children adopted from China. The research includes in-depth interviews with adopted children and adoptive parents from seven Western families who searched for and reunited with Chinese birth parents. Find out about their decision to search and the methods used; the initial reunion; the development of bonds between adoptive and birth families; and post-reunion views of searching. 
 
The researchers are planning a future program on this topic for teens. 
 
QUESTIONS? Contact Mary Nealon, mtnealon38@gmail.com
 
Dr. Iris Chin Ponte is President of Ponte and Chau Consulting Inc. and Director of the Henry Frost Children's Program Inc. She has extensive expertise in cross-cultural issues in education and adoption from China and is a board member of FCCNE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Leslie Wang is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UMass Boston; her research focuses on transnational issues of gender and family that connect mainland China with the industrialized world. Currently she is working on Reversal of Fortune: Orphanage Care in Globalizing China, a book on the care and welfare of abandoned youth residing on the margins of the world’s fastest growing economy.

Upcoming events

International Adoptees, Coming Back Home

Thursday, January 15, 2015

 
Maggie Jones discusses her latest story in The New York Times Magazine, "Why A Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea." Jones profiles several adults who were born in South Korea, but do not speak Korean fluently and have no memories of the country, because they were part of the 200,000 Korean children who were adopted by families abroad over the past sixty years.

Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea

By MAGGIE JONES
JAN. 14, 2015
 
Laura Klunder’s newest tattoo runs down the inside of her left forearm and reads “K85-160,” a number that dates to her infancy. Klunder was 9 months old when her South Korean mother left her at a police station in Seoul. The police brought her to Holt Children’s Services, a local adoption agency, where a worker assigned Klunder the case number K85-160. It was only two weeks into 1985, but she was already the 160th child to come to the agency that month, and she would go on to be one of 8,800 children sent overseas from South Korea that year. Klunder became part of the largest adoption exodus from one country in history: Over the past six decades, at least 200,000 Korean children — roughly the population of Des Moines — have been adopted into families in more than 15 countries, with a vast majority living in the United States.
     
read the entire article at:
Quite amazing piece of Asian-American history & this March 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the March to Selma.
 
 

Beyond Black and White: Asian-American Memories of Selma

By Emil Guillermo
 
Even fifty years later, Todd Endo remembers clearly what he heard yelled from the sidelines as he marched in the mostly-black crowd in Selma, Alabama.
"It was the only time I heard something [like that] there," said Endo, 74. "'Oh wow, even the Japs are here.'"
 
To a Japanese American, it was as derogatory as the "N" word. To Endo, who says he's always seen himself as "non-White in White America," hearing the epithet was an affirmation of his choice to join the march.
 
As the country marks 50 years since the historic 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery with everything from individual memories to big-screen memorials, the stories of Asian-American participants, like Endo, are often lost in the mix, as are the motivations behind their solidarity.
 
Endo was 24-years old in 1965. Until then, everything he knew about the American South, he learned as an infant. The first three years of his life were spent behind razor wire with his family, incarcerated by the U.S. government in a World War II internment camp in Rohwer, Arkansas.
 
The story of Asian America to that point had been forged through long stretches of discrimination. From the Chinese Exclusion Act to laws banning intermarriage, Asian Americans of Chinese, Filipino and Japanese descent knew all too well what institutionalized oppression felt like.
 
But during Selma, the Asian-American population was little more than .05 percent of the U.S population. Later in 1965, President Johnson would sign the Immigration and Nationality Act that would massively expand immigration, particularly from Asian countries.
 
Those changes wouldn't happen overnight — and certainly not in the Deep South
 


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