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Below is an extended list of events that may be of interest to our community. Those with our logo on them are sponsored by us and you may register for them on this site. We have no affiliations with the other events on the list and you may have to register for them as directed in the details.

Have an idea for an event? Couldn't find what you were looking for here? FCCNY is a 100% volunteer organization. All of our own events and programs are made possible by members like you. We would love to have more people involved; we, and many others, would be grateful for your efforts toward bringing our community together! Please fill out this form with your idea for an event.


Upcoming Events of Interest

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • TBD

    AKA November Forum: Setting Healthy Boundaries

    Join Certified Usui Reiki Master Heather Schultz for an open discussion about navigating your adoption journey and birth family search/reunion by setting safe and healthy boundaries with your relatives and friends. This two-hour forum includes a grounding meditation, writing exercise about your physical, emotional and mental limits, and group activity on building better boundaries.

    WHO: International adoptees (18 years and older)
    WHAT: Discussion on Setting Healthy Boundaries
    WHEN: Wednesday, November 13th, 6:45 - 8:45 p.m.
    COST: FREE for members; $5 suggested donation for non-members
    RSVP: Email bkuijper@alsoknownas.org to RSVP or reply "going" on the FB event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1276947925810019/

    *** The purpose of Also-Known-As adoptee forums are to create a confidential and safe space for adoptees to discuss personal topics. These forums are only open to adoptees. While we welcome community supporters, friends, and families of adoptees to many of our events, our forums are closed to non-adoptees. ***

    About Heather Schultz
    Heather Schultz is the Founder of Huh Healing Hub LLC and Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College. She teaches Speech Communication, Business Communication and Public Relations Writing.

    In 2018, she earned her Usui Reiki Master Certification from Lily Rubinstein at The Center of Inner Wisdom. She is also an Affiliate Member of the Reiki Membership Association (The International Center for Reiki Training) and certified in Mental Health First Aid.

    In her spare time, Heather is working on a memoir about her healing journey from the lens of a Korean adoptee, Long Island native and domestic violence survivor. She received both a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Master of Public Administration from Baruch College.

    • 15 Nov 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • MOCA, 215 Centre St, New York, NY 10013


    Reunion for Adoptees from Changfu Chang’s Documentary Films

    Hosted by Museum of Chinese in America 215 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

    Friday, November 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

    FREE for MOCA members
    $15 general admission:  Purchase tickets at https://my.mocanyc.org/3636/5290?

    Voices of the One Child Era: Adoption, Awareness & Identity is a series of programming devoted to telling a diverse range of stories of American adoptees from China. In this installment of the series, watch two documentary short films on birth family reunion, Ricki's Promise (View Higher Films, 2014) and Meet Me on the Bridge: Discovering the Truth About my Parents After 20 Years (BBC, 2017). After, join director Changfu Chang and adoptee stars of the respective films, Ricki Mudd and Kati Pohler, for a Q&A on the making of the films and updates on their stories since the films were made.

    Ricki’s Promise tells the story of Chinese American adoptee Ricki Mudd. Several years after she was adopted by an American family, Ricki received an unexpected letter from her birth parents. Shortly afterward, she met them in China. For a young 12-year-old, the commotion of the trip and reunion with relatives who were strangers to her was confusing. While she couldn’t exactly tell what was going on, Ricki promised to come back when she turned 18. She kept her promise. Truly a work of captivating drama, Ricki’s Promise documents a rare tale of events and choices that pit individuals against each other in the backdrop of culture, politics, and ethics.

    Meet Me on the Bridge is a short film documenting the meeting between adoptee Kati Pohler and her birth parents on the Broken Bridge in Hangzhou, China. Kati was abandoned in a market in China when she was three days old, left only with a note from her parents saying they would meet her on a famous bridge 10 and 20 years later. When the time arrived, it became a huge story in China, but Kati was living in America and had no idea. In this film, find out how she finally met her biological family.
    • 15 Nov 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Congee Village. 100 Allen street, NYC.

    Having observed the FCC young adult adoptees having fun getting together for monthly Eat Ups, we decided FCC parents should have fun too!


    Date & Time | Friday November 15th at 6:30pm

    Location | Congee Village. 100 Allen St. New York, NY 10002

    Menu | https://www.congeevillagenyc.com/menu.aspx

    RSVP here by November 14th
    so Marina can make an accurate reservation!

    Pay your own way; bring cash.

    Hope to see you there!

    questions? email Marina: marinac@aol.com

    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Upstairs at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY

    AAJA Presents “Untold Stories of Korean Adoptees” 

    What does it mean to be an adoptee from one of the world's largest adoption programs?

    Join the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Also-Known-As (AKA) for an evening of fascinating personal stories of Korean adoptees in honor of National Adoption Month.

    Emmy award-winning journalist Dolly Li will screen her recent Al Jazeera (AJ+) short documentary "Why Are So Many Korean Americans Adopted?" and then lead a fireside chat with NYC-based adoptees about recent and surprising revelations about their histories, both in the U.S. and in Korea.

    Our speakers will include Rebekah Mason, Peter Robinson, and Also-Known-As President Michael Mullen, who will explore topics such as relinquishment and reunion, returning to Korea as an LGBTQ person, and current political issues in intercountry adoption.  Snacks will be provided.  Email Dolly Li if you have any questions.

    WHO: Open to public
    WHEN: Monday, November 18th, 6:30 pm
    WHERE: Upstairs at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY
    RSVP: Sign up here

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 12 Jan 2020
    • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island, NY

    Winter Lantern Festival at From November 20, 2019 to January 12, 2020
    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden | 718-425-3504 | snug-harbor.org

    Purchase Tickets at https://www.nycwinterlanternfestival.com/festival-information

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Barn Joo, 35 Union Square W, New York, NY

    Patio AKA Friendsgiving Dinner 11/20
    So we might have to go home for American Thanksgiving…but before then why not have some Korean BBQ? It's a chance to mingle with Also-Known-As representatives, meet other NYC adoptees, and share a meal with friends. Barn Joo has prepared a special set menu including 2 appetizers, 3 types of BBQ, and bibimbap! Let us celebrate Friendsgiving together! 

    WHO: Open to everyone!
    WHEN: Wednesday, November 20th, 6:30pm
    WHERE: Barn Joo, 35 Union Square W, New York
    COST: $48 + plus tip (Drinks not included) 
    RSVP: Email kmiller@alsoknownas.org
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Spence-Chapin, 410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY, 1012

    Voices of Adoption: Adoptee Stories About Search and Reunion

    • Thursday, November 21, 2019
    • 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
    Spence-Chapin 410 East 92nd Street New York, NY, 1012

    Thinking about starting a birth parent search? Curious about search and reunion? Want to hear stories from others who have reunited with birth relatives?

    Join us for a night of conversation about the complexities of search and reunion. No matter where you are in the search process, you'll walk away having connected with other adoptees who can relate to your experiences and understand the questions you may have.

    This event is recommended for adult adoptees 18 and older. Advance registration is required. To learn more, please contact us at (646) 539-2167 or postadoptionservices@spence-chapin.org

    Register at https://www.spence-chapin.org/events/category/voices-of-adoption-adoptee-stories-about-search-and-reunion

    Questions?  contact Patricia pphilippe@spence-chapin.org

    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Upper West Side Manhattan

    FCCNY National Adoption Awareness Month Event

    As many of you may know, November is National Adoption Awareness Month! We will be using the hashtag #AdopteeVisibility and #NAAM to start an online/in-person conversation and spotlight the adoptee narrative throughout the month.

    The NYC events committee of the Adoptee Board would like to take this opportunity to bring adoptees together for an afternoon of conversation and fun. You will have an opportunity to fill out the statement "One thing I wish people knew about being adopted is ______." with the opportunity to have your picture and/or your statement shared on our social media.  We will also work on a community art project together!

    This event will be held on the Upper West Side of Manhattan

    on November 23rd from 1 to 3 PM

    Exact location will be provided upon registration here with your YA account.

    FCCNY Young Adults 18+ 

    The sentence starter can be printed out from this document, feel free to participate online as well:

    NAAM Sentence Starter.pdf

    The goal of this event is for us to share and explore similarities and differences in our experiences in a supportive setting and talk about experiences and feelings that non-Chinese adoptees can’t necessarily relate to. 


    Questions or comments: AdopteeBoard@fccny.org

    • 24 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Adoptive Parents Committee Annual Conference 2019


    Sun, November 24, 2019 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST 

    St. Francis College,  180 Remsen Street,  Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adoptive-parents-committee-annual-conference-2019-tickets-71655047175?
    APC Members $30, nonmember $90, APC membership $70

    Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend numerous workshops, seminars, lectures and panel discussions. Led by professionals and experts in the adoption field including attorneys, social workers, physicians, adoptive parents, agency representatives, adoptees and educators, the workshops provide up-to-date information as well as a forum for discussions.

    Our conference is for those who are considering adoption as a way to build their family, those who have already adopted and for those professionals and advocates who are involved in the adoption and foster care fields.

    Come and learn with us, share ideas and join together in promoting the joys of adoption.

    Find out more about the Adoptive Parents Committee at our web site. http://www.adoptiveparents.org

    Please note: While APC is committed to children, some of the topics discussed at our conference may be sensitive to younger children. Therefore, we do not allow children to attend the conference.
    • 24 Nov 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Manhattan midtown east

    FCCNY Monthly YA Discussion

    Rachel and Hannah will be facilitating a monthly discussion group
    for Young Adult Chinese adoptees!

    Their fourteenth meeting will be held Sunday November 24th,
    12pm-2pm, in Manhattan midtown east.

    Exact location will be provided upon registration here with your YA account.

    This month's discussion topic will be:

    “Adoption Awareness month" 

    Discussion starter questions coming soon!


    We would like to facilitate discussion about topics such as racial identity development, racism and discrimination, and feelings about being adopted. The goal is for us to share and explore similarities and differences in our experiences in a supportive setting and talk about experiences and feelings that non-Chinese adoptees can’t necessarily relate to.


    This forum is only open to participants aged 18 and older. Discussions are focused on Asian transracial adoptees, and are intended to provide a safe space to process our unique experiences. Therefore, this group is closed to only Asian transracial adoptees. We will be speaking from personal experiences and this event is inclusive of all genders and orientations.

    Please respect that all personal information that is discussed is to be kept private and not to be shared outside of the forum. This forum is not being moderated by a therapist or an expert; this is not meant to replace professional help. Advice-giving is discouraged.


    Questions or comments: AdopteeBoard@fccny.org

    • 06 Dec 2019
    • TBD


    Also-Known-As Annual Holiday Party 12/6

    Mark your calendars! Our Annual Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019.

    See our Facebook Event Page to RSVP and stay tuned for more details!

    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New York City Center, 131 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
    • 40

    FCC goes to Alvin Ailey!

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019
    2:00 – 3:00 PM

    New York City Center
    131 W 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

    Current FCCNY Members $49 ($5 of each ticket will be donated to FCCNY - log in for this discount!)
    Non-Members $59 (
    $5 of each ticket will be donated to FCCNY - renew or join today to get a discount!)

    Program: Divining, Ella, Ounce of Faith (World Premiere!), Revelations with Live Music. To learn more about each performance, go to: https://www.alvinailey.org/calendar/2019-12?location=&proximity=5

    * Balcony seating. Face value is $75. Discounted price includes small donation to FCCNY to fund future activities.