Upcoming: Transracial Adoption Parenting Workshops

 The idea behind this monthly series of seven, two-hour Tuesday evenings (7-9 pm) is to address subjects regarding parenting the transracially adopted child, subjects that are both challenging for speakers and audience and beyond the well known stories within the larger adoption community. The format is that of two speakers per evening, one who takes the perspective of the adult adoptee and one who voices the side of the adoptive parent.  After the two presentations speakers and audience discuss the subject of the evening under the guidance of moderator, clinical psychologist, Kelly Sykes. We secured the collaboration of great adoption specialists in the New York area.

This series is brought to you by AFCAF/NY (Adoptive Families with Children of African Heritage and Their Friends, NY) in collaboration with FCCNY (Families with Children from China Greater New York) and the Adoption Initiative of St. John’s University, New York.  October 2012 – April 2013 in New York City on every second tuesday of the month

For whom:

The evenings are meant for adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents, social workers and therapists (CEU credits available), students of social studies and Social Work and all who are touched by adoption.

The Evenings:

Moderated by Kelly Sykes

October 9, 2012, 7pm: Parenting in Public: the Visibility and Isolation of Transracial Families

Marissa Martin & Barbara Katz Rothman

November 13, 2012, 7pm: The Burden of Difference on the Transracially Adopted Child and Her/His Family

Tara Linh Leaman & Nancy Kim Parsons

December 11, 2102, 7pm: The Power of Normalcy: Destructive or Necessary?

Kacy Ames & Billie Pivnick

January 8, 2013, 7pm: The Eyes of the First Parents Here and Abroad: Guilt and Parenting

Joy Lieberthal & Martha Crawford

February 12, 2013, 7pm: An Extra Layer: Learning Differences and Behavioral Problems

Madelyn Freundlich & Sarah Gerstenzang

March 12, 2013, 7pm: Race, Racism and White Privilege In and Outside the Transracial Family

Amanda Baden & Eddie Moore Jr.

April 9, 2013, 7pm: About Black Men and Asian Girls: Sexuality and Its Stereotypes

Barb Lee & Stephen McCall

For full bios, click here.


Saval Auditorium, St John’s University, Manhattan Campus, 101 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007.

The venue can be reached easily by subway: 1,2,3,4 and 5, A and C, and N and R.


Fee and Payments by Credit Card

Fee: 150 dollars for the series; 30 dollar per evening.

Payment: Go to the website of Families with Children of China Greater New York:  http://www.fccny.org. Click ‘click here’ under Register for Events. If not an FCC member, click ‘Ignore’ and you will land on the FCCNY Store page, select this event from the drop down window.


AFCAF/NY Board (Leah and Joel Katz, Lexi Mitchell and Frank Ligtvoet), Liz Raleigh and Amanda Baden, with the advice of Beth Hall (Pact. An Adoption Alliance).

CEU Credits

We are able to offer CEU Credits through the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY.

For more information:

Frank Ligtvoet


176 State Street

Brooklyn NY 11201

In Other’s Words . . .

Happy Hump Day!

Please read these posts by insightful, articulate, adoptee bloggers:

Travel Companions at Borders and Bridges by Lena Wood

Legitimacy at adoptionechoes by Joy Lieberthal 

Check out the line-up at this year’s Adoption Initiative conference at St. John’s University in New York. Any of these names look familiar?

Remember the big picture. The US is a receiving and a SENDING country.

American Babies Exported for Adoption 


Thank You


I have mad respect for the following folks, and they’re going to make the adoptee community proud this Friday in Washington, DC.  I hope someday that my kids will grow up to be as badass cool.  Thank you for all that you do Susan Branco Alvarado, AJ Bryant, Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Astrid Dabbeni, Farnad Darnell, Peter Dodds, Shannon Gibney, JaeRan Kim, Michelle Johnson, Joy Lieberthal, Kelsey March, Robert O’Connor, Sandy White Hawk, and Amanda Woolston.  You’re an inspiration to many.

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Susan Branco Alvarado

A.J. Bryant

Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter

Astrid Dabbeni

Farnad Darnell

Peter Dodds

Shannon Gibney

JaeRan Kim

Michelle Johnson

Joy Lieberthal

Kelsey Hye Sun March

Robert O’Connor

Sandy White Hawk

Amanda Woolston