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Cultivating Racial Awareness for Transracial Families (Apr 16, 2019)

Angela Tucker
WHEN Tuesday, Apr 16th 2019 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
COST Individual Adult: $35.00 per person
AVAILABLE SPACES 100
SPACES REMAINING 0
LOCATION Base Camp - Leadership Center, 6202 Bloomington Road, Page Community Room, Fort Snelling, MN 55111

There is now a wait list for this event. Please email jhammer@mnadopt.org to be added to the wait list.



Adopting, fostering and/or caregiving transracially requires caregivers to have sustained and healthy discussions about race and culture. The workshop includes facilitated discussions about privilege, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and an adult adoptee panel. Participants will engage in activities to become more comfortable talking to others about race and culture, particularly within the framework of transracial adoption.  As a transracial adoptee herself, Angela will share her personal experiences to support a deeper understanding of the lifelong impacts of racial awareness and the transracial adoptee. Teaching modalities include facilitated discussions, an adult adoptee panel, lecture, video, open dialogue and structured activities.

Learning Objectives:

Able to define racism, microaggressions, colorism, stereotypes, and implicit bias; and understand how each topic relates to transracial families

Identify the difference between intent and impact

Develop strategies for identifying and responding to microaggressions

Understand how stereotypes inform our implicit biases


Angela Tucker is a nationally-recognized thought leader on transracial adoption and is an advocate for adoptee rights. In 2013, at the age of 26, Angela’s own story of adoption and search for her birth parents was featured in the groundbreaking documentary, CLOSURE.  The Adopted Life (www.theadoptedlife.com) began as a personal blog that allowed Angela to process publicly her emotions and experience as a transracial adoptee; a means by which she hoped to build a community of other adoptees growing up in closed adoptions. Since its launch in 2009, The Adopted Life has grown in readership and purview, and is now the name and platform for The Adopted Life miniseries. Angela’s work has catapulted her into her becoming a sought-after keynote speaker for adoption and child welfare-based organizations.  Elements of her story have also been featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Huffington Post and NPR. Angela works as the Director of Post-Adoption Services at Amara, where she is piloting an adoptee mentorship program.