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FCCNE: What do we know about birth parents in China? Adoptee Discussion Wksp in Cambridge, MA

  • 10/25/2015
  • Cambridge, MA

FCC New England Discussion w Katie Jae Naftzger, Dr. Iris Chin Ponte, Dr. Leslie Wang

For adoptees who are teens or older only                

What do we know about birth parents in China?

Find out from researchers in a special discussion for adoptees only. 

Sunday October 25, 1:00 to 3:00pm

Cambridge MA* (Accessible by T to Porter Square)

Presented by Families with Children from China New England

 At some point every adoptee has questions about their birth parents. In recent years, several Chinese adoptees have actually found and met their birth families. This is a special opportunity for adoptees to find out about the experiences of these adoptees and their families, to ask questions and to consider their own opinions and feelings on this very complex topic in a discussion.

You will hear from from Dr. Iris Chin Ponte and Dr. Leslie Wang about their in-depth ground-breaking research into the experiences of seven adopted children (and their adoptive families) who have found their birth parents in China. Family therapist and adoption specialist Katie Naftzger, LICSW, who is a Korean-born transracial adoptee, will help to put this into a larger perspective. 

Frequently asked questions

 Is it okay to attend if I have no desire to search for my own birth parents?

Yes, absolutely! It is natural to be curious about adoptees who have found their birth families.


Will this session tell me how to conduct a birth parent search?

No, though you will hear what the seven adoptees and/or their families in the research did.

Can parents attend?

No, this session is only for adoptees from China who are 12 or older, in response to numerous requests. We did a special workshop for parents only last year with Dr. Iris Chin Ponte and Dr. Leslie Wang on this topic; you can access their research paper "Letting Her Go: Western Familes' Search and Reunion with Chinese Birth Parents" directly here.

Do you have any materials for adoptive parents about discussing birth parents with our children?

You may find this article helpful: Embrace discussion about birth parents with your adopted kids

About our presenters

Katie Jae Naftzger, LICSW, specializes in seeing families and adults who are touched by adoption and consults about race and adoption in schools and other organizations. Her ongoing experiences as a Korean-born transracial adoptee help to inform and deepen her work.

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, is mother to a son adopted from China and is a board member of FCCNE.

Dr. Leslie Wang is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UMass Boston. Her research engages with transnational issues of gender and family that link China and the United States.



$20 per person; Space is limited.

Only adoptees who are 12 years or older may attend.


* Please note: location of this program will be emailed to participants following confirmed registration.

Questions? Email

Chinese Adoptee Alliance
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting Chinese adoptees and allies.
"C double A", formerly FCCNY.

PO Box 21670
2300 18th St NW Lobby
Washington, DC 20009 

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