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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: 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

About Amanda (22 Articles)
Amanda serves the adoption and foster care communities through individual and family clinical work, group work, writing and presenting, and policy advocacy. Her writing and presentations reach broad audiences through multiple books, magazines, news and radio interviews, and conferences, and she has engaged legislators at the state and congressional levels. Her writing and work focuses on the experience of being adopted, intersecting social justice issues, and adoption community centered & initiated movement toward positive change. Amanda is a Yahoo!Voices featured mom activist and is listed in the Top 20 Adoption blogs by Adoptive Families Magazine.

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