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(3-Part Series) The Intersection of Transracial Adoption & Racial (in)Justice

Angela Tucker, BA
WHEN Thursday, Sep 23rd 2021
12:30 PM - 02:30 PM (CST)
COST $18.00 per person

Recording Notes: We plan to add this AdoptEd webinar to our library. However, the live event could be cancelled for low attendance, or unforeseen circumstances and therefore not added to our library.
Audience: Parents & Professionals
Level: (Intermediate)
Ages addressed: 0-18

3-Part Series:
September 23rd, 12-2pm CST
Ocotber 5th, 12-2pm CST
October 12th, 12-1:30pm CST

Transracial caregiving is a multifaceted journey for the entire family, but it is often the child who bears the brunt of navigating the complexity of the experience. It is critical that caregivers and parents understand the history of why children of color are over-represented in child-welfare in order to avoid perpetuating racism and to instead embrace an anti-racist outlook to support the health and wellbeing of transracial adoptees and/or transracial foster youth. This workshop will provide a window into the nuanced first-hand narratives of adoptees through videos, anonymized case studies and Angela’s personal stories. This interactive workshop will leave you thinking about the role transracial adoption plays in our quest for racial justice in America.

Learning objectives:

Understand the history and intersections of racial and social norms in America as it relates to transracial caregiving.

Develop strategies for identifying, preventing and responding to microaggressions

Increase awareness of: racism, unconscious biases, colorism, stereotypes, implicit biases and internalized racism.

Increase the psychological well-being of transracially adopted people.

Match your good intentions to intended impacts.

Recognize the importance of amplifying adoptee voices

DAY 1: LECTURE

History of race in child-welfare within the United States (Laws & Definitions), American Racial Norms & Implicit Biases, Transracial adoptee identity.

DAY 2: INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS

An interactive session sharing ideas about interrupting adoption-related microaggressions. Angela provides structure and strategies.


DAY 3: ADOPTEE PANEL

Facilitated Discussion between Angela and a transracial adoptee panel. Question & answer session offered. All panelists are paid for their time and expertise.


Angela Tucker is an adoptee who is committed to advancing the conversation, not just having one. She is an unabashed truth-teller and a gifted speaker and educator. As a black woman adopted from foster care to a white family and growing up in a city that was demographically only 1% Black, she understands the power of life's most difficult moments. Her determination and insatiable curiosity are an inspiration to many and is on display through her search for her biological parents in the documentary, Closure. Her unique upbringing has encouraged an expansive and inclusive definition of family.

Angela has become an agent of change for both personal and systemic change, appearing on CNN, Al Jazeera, The Red Table Talk, and many other top-tier media outlets to help center adoptee stories and bring clarity and truth narratives about race, class, and identity. Her first book is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2023 (Beacon Press).

Angela helps to keep the media accountable by making sure the storylines reflect real life. Angela has consulted with NBC’s This Is Us and supported the lead actor of the Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill to support Diane Paulus’ work to set a new standard for Broadway: to always consult with someone who has the lived experience that they are portraying on stage.

Angela serves as an advisor to child-welfare agencies across the world, she mentors adoptees nationwide, and has been published in The Journal of Child and Family for her Inclusive Family Support Model. She serves on the Ethics Committee for The Adoption Files Initiative and also serves on the steering committee of The Society of Adoptee Professionals of Color in Adoption.

Angela lives with Bryan Tucker, her Emmy-award winning spouse in Seattle, Washington.

Registration for this webinar will end 2 hours before the webinar begins.

If you are in need of closed captioning for this live webinar, please contact education@mnadopt.org at least 48 hours before the live webinar.