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
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.
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).
We are able to offer CEU Credits through the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY.
For more information:
176 State Street
Brooklyn NY 11201