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Experience of discrimination and internalized oppression among Asian American transracial adoptees
Presented by: Jadah Stephens
Jadah Stephens is a Korean-American adoptee who grew up in the Chicago area. She has always been interested in racial identity development and after college lived in South Korea for two years to explore and understand her own identity as a Korean person. She has her Master’s in psychology from Boston University and is finishing up her Ph.D. in Clinical psychology from Saint Louis University. Her main research interests have focused on racial discrimination and its impact on mental health. She is currently focusing on clinical work with Veterans and is pursuing a specialization in trauma.
This webinar will focus on Jadah’s dissertation which is looking at the experience of discrimination and internalized oppression among Asian American transracial adoptees.
We Are All Healing Together: How Loving Myself Changed It All
Presented by Kate Powers
Kate Powers is a Korean-American adoptee who was adopted as an infant and grew up in Missouri. She began her career working in trauma counseling and psychiatry and became interested in the connection of the body and mind. After growing up with dance, she was drawn to the healing arts of yoga, meditation, Reiki and massage therapy. Studying these became instrumental in her own healing journey as she found her birth family over 12 years ago. After spending years navigating this complex reunion, her deepest scar was transformed into peace and acceptance. Today she remains committed to sharing transformation through conscious awareness and healing with others. She is a life coach, healer and educator. She facilitates individual coaching and healing sessions to help others transform from feeling stuck, depressed, and unfulfilled to free and group workshops about self-love and mindfulness. For further info: https://www.itskatepowers.com/
Culture of Adoptee Status and Importance of Adoptee Mentorship
Presented by: Grace Newton
Grace Newton is a Chinese adoptee, writer, and speaker. Her writing has been featured in two anthologies, several blogs, and Gazillion Voices Magazine and introduces a nuanced look at adoption. Grace is a co-founder of her alma matter's Transracial/Transnational Adoptee Identity Collective and is on the Advisory Council for the Korean Adoptee and Adoptive Family Network (KAAN). Grace has spoken at several conferences including the Midwest Asian American Students' Union Conference, the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, and the KAAN Conference (3), on air with Public Radio International, as well as on local panels. Grace writes at redthreadbroken.wordpress.com
Speaking Out: Finding my Voice as a Speech Pathologist and Korean Adoptee Before and After my Birth Family Reunion
Presented by: Rachel Fabian Mace
Rachel Fabian Mace is a medical speech-language pathologist in the Baltimore metropolitan area serving patients by providing rehabilitative therapy to improve their ability to speak and communicate. She is also part of a neurology research team at Johns Hopkins University studying language recovery following brain injury and stroke. She is happily married and has a two-year-old daughter.
Rachel is a domestic Korean adoptee who was born in the US. Following her birth mother's untimely passing when she was 3 months old, Rachel was adopted by a Polish/German-American family who lived in east Baltimore City. Rachel reunited with her biological Korean family in 2014. She shares her experiences
Asian Adoptee Psychological Research: Issues on family satisfaction, race talk, and critical consciousness
Presented by: Kimberly Molfetto
Kimberly Molfetto is a Korean-American adoptee, born in New York City. She received her Master’s from William Paterson University in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She is currently a PhD Counseling Psychology student at Seton Hall University where she researches critical consciousness, transracial adoptee issues and wellbeing, and multicultural psychology. Kimberly hopes to be a proponent of social change in her career as a psychologist through her work with individuals and systems. Kimberly provides individual and group psychotherapy in her role as a trainee and professional in hospitals, counseling centers, and with at-risk youth.
This webinar will discuss the current psychological research findings and literature that focus on Asian adoptee issues. Some issues include racial dialogue within multiracial families, adoptee psychological needs, and challenges. In addition, this webinar will present the results of a study conducted by Kimberly Molfetto which examines how racial and ethnic socialization and critical consciousness impact adoptees’ family satisfaction. This webinar will provide language for the unique issues that Asian adoptees and their White families encounter.
Great Expectations: What I Learned from My Adoption Reunion with Mariette Williams
Mariette Williams is a transracial adoptee born in Jeremie, Haiti. She was adopted at the age of three and grew up near Vancouver, B.C., Canada. In July of 2015, she reunited with her birth mother and several members of her birth family. She lives in South Florida with her husband and two children. In addition to being a journalism and literature teacher, she is a published author and supporter of international adoption reform.
DNA Testing and Birth Family Searching with 325Kamra
325Kamra's Data Director, Bella L. Siegel-Dalton discusses 325Kamra's goal of, "Reuniting Families Thru DNA." Their mission is to DNA test Korean family who lost or relinquished children to international adoption. They provide free DNA kits to Korean adoptees (living outside of the U.S.) and to any suspected biological family. 325Kamra's aim is to provide adoptees with their biological stories and family medical histories. In addition, they reunite Korean adoptees with biological family members when possible. They also want to support Korean connectivity so 325Kamra works hard to provide DNA kits to any Korean in South Korea or to Korean diaspora who would like to DNA test.
Succeeding in the Face of Anxiety
Elizabeth Sun Mee Kahn shares her adoption story and her work volunteering with The National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota as a young adult speaker for End The Silence Presentations. Her volunteer work focused on Elizabeth sharing her story to of living with anxiety and presenting to middle and high school students. Elizabeth discusses her struggles and victories with anxiety disorders throughout various stages of her life.
Becoming Jewsian: My Journey with Religion and Adoption
Sara Greenhalgh (함소라/שורה אודל) was born in Wonju, South Korea and adopted from Seoul when she was four months old. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN, being raised Jewish in an interfaith family and was very active in both Korean culture activities and Jewish life. Sara received her bachelors from Loyola University Chicago and her masters from the University of MN Twin Cities, both in social work. She is a licensed graduate social worker in Minnesota and works with children and families.
Beyond Existence: Creating a Sense of Purpose and Self-Identity
Renee Meyer Ernst was born in Busan, South Korea and adopted to the United States at the age of three months. Influenced by her experiences as an adoptee, Renee’s personal work explores notions of forming and expressing identity within cross-cultural contexts.
Renee completed a BA in Studio Art from the University of Northern Iowa, and an MFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at St. Ambrose University, and runs her own freelance design & photography business. Outside of teaching, Renee engages in cultural studies and international adoption issues.
Transracial Adoptee Identity Development Model
Hannah was adopted at seven months from Hunan province, in China. She is a member of Families with Children from China (FCC) in New York City and is a senior psychology major at Connecticut College. Hannah will be presenting her research which was aimed at constructing an identity development model that attempts to capture the particular experiences of Asian transracial adoptees and emphasizes their strengths and unique perspective.