B--[AFTERNOON SESSION]--Building and Nurturing Our Transracial Families (Jan. 12, 2019)
This session will help families examine how parents can become positive agents of change to create strong, thriving communities and families. We will discuss “intentional” parenting and why it is important for multicultural families. Identify ways you can help your children develop a strong sense of culture and racial identity. Robert will focus on gaining a better understanding of the tools and perspectives shown to be helpful in supporting your multicultural family.
Following Robert’s presentation, Lenora O’Connor will speak on hair and skin care. She speaks to the importance of this topic for everyone, especially children and youth who are adopted or in foster care. Feeling good about one’s appearance builds self-esteem, which can be compromised by being in out of home care. Lenora will address the types of products that are beneficial for different types of hair and skin.
Robert O'Connor is an adult transracial adoptee, and former state ward turned state ward administrator. He will use his journey to teach us about best practices in supporting transracial placements. He challenges us to examine our paradigms and to embrace biculturalism and advocacy.
Lenora O’Connor is a stay-at-home mother of 4 and the wife of Robert O'Connor. She is also an Independent Skin Care Consultant for Jafra Cosmetics, and the founder of Youth Days, a youth and community outreach. Lenora will share with you her knowledge of African-American hair and skin care maintenance based on her personal and professional experience. In this session she will answer your basic questions and demonstrate some simple/easy hair styles. She will also provide you with resources and recommendations.