Birth Searching & Reunion: A Conversation Among Transnational Adoptees
Hosted by FCCNY, Spence-Chapin, ICAV & IAMAdoptee
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
FCCNY, Spence-Chapin, InterCountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV), and IAMAdoptee present a discussion for transnational adoptees on birth searching and reunion. In this discussion, we will explore the emotional and psychological impacts that birth searching and reunion with biological relatives may have on us as adoptees. By doing so, we aim to broaden our understanding of the diversity that exists within the transnational adoptee experience, draw commonalities between our experiences, and build community through sharing and listening.
Some questions we will explore are:
· Are you interested in searching for biological relatives? Why or why not?
· For those who are interested, what have your experiences of searching and/or reunion been like? How do these experiences differ for adoptees of different backgrounds?
· What kinds of emotions come up for you when you think about or engage in searching? How have these feelings changed over time?
· How does the possibility of birth searching affect your self-concept or your perspectives on adoption and family?
This discussion event is free, and open to transnational adoptees who are 18+ years old only. Attendees do not need to have experience with birth searching or reunion to participate in the discussion.
This event will be held on Zoom. Please register online at fccny.org to receive the Zoom link:
· Registration will close 24 hours before the event begins.
· This event will NOT be recorded.
About our collaborators:
Jessica Luciere, Spence-Chapin: Jessica M. Luciere (she/her), is a Colombian transracial adoptee, mother, photographer, and Adoptee Advocate who has spent 15+ years working with adoptees and adoptive families worldwide. Jessica is the former President of All Together Now, and current Manager of Community Engagements at Spence Chapin, directing their Mentorship Program of which she is a founding Mentor. Jessica’s passion for connecting with adoptees has always been the driving force behind her work, and the reason she continues to create spaces to uplift adoptee voices worldwide.
Lynelle Long, ICAV: Lynelle is a Vietnamese adoptee born in the early 70s, Founder of InterCountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV) which began in 1998, now one of the largest platforms worldwide to bring together the leaders of intercountry adoptee led groups. ICAV is a critical thinking space that advocates for the needs and rights of intercountry adoptees. Lynelle is a an author, film director, represents intercountry adoptee views at The Hague, guest speaker and consultant for various Central Authorities and Post Adoption organisations worldwide, including the 2019 US Dept of State Adoption Symposium, blogger, and Special Advisor to Child Identity Protection focusing on our Right to Identity.
Joy Lieberthal Rho, LCSW-R is a social worker/counselor in private practice in NY. She has been involved with the international adoptee community for over 25 years, as a founding member and former president of Also-Known-As, policy analyst at Donaldson Adoption Institute and staff at a private adoption agency in NYC. Joy created the original mentorship program for Also-Known-As and Spence-Chapin Adoption agency. She co-directs Sejong Camp, a culture camp for Korean adoptees and American born Korean children. Joy is the Co-Founder of IAMADOPTEE.org, an online mental health and wellness resource for the international adoptee community. Joy is adopted from Korea, was found by her birthmother and has been in reunion with her for over 25 years.
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