by Mary Mustard Reed
by Mary Mustard Reed
Announcing the 1st annual gathering of adoptees
(transracial/international and same race) and foster care alums of African
descent in Oakland, California, November 7-9, 2008.
AFAAD (Adopted and
Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora) was formed specifically to support
adopted and fostered people, to share our common and divergent experiences
around race, adoption, joy, loss, family, search and reunion, and self identity
and to celebrate our unique creativity, stories and community. AFAAD’s First
Annual Gathering, Healing Ourselves, Making Connections is designed with you
The purpose of this historic gathering will be to make connections, network, provide healing space, and to celebrate the
diversity of our amazing diaspora of transracial, international, domestic adoptees and foster care alums. AFAAD uses “Black” in the widest diasporic sense, which includes African, African American, Afroasian and Afrolatino, bi-racial and multi heritage peoples. Healing Ourselves, Making Connections is the first of its kind for Black adoptees and foster adults and we know it will make a huge contribution to the conversations about adoption, race, social welfare and African diasporic identity – not to mention just bringing all of us together in one space is going to be amazing! It is time to share our stories with one another, rather than always teaching other people. We will also take some time for the strategic planning for the long-term goals of AFAAD as a social justice and community support organization.
When: November 7-9, 2008
AFAAD’s 2008 Gathering is being hosted by the lovely Washington Inn, at 495 10th Street, Oakland, CA – a luxury boutique hotel ideally situated at the center of downtown.
see the website for more details about the Gathering schedule, call for
sessions, hotel and registration information and more information about
our mission, community and legislative advocacy work.
Close to all forms of public transportation. See http://www.thewashingtoninn.com/ for more information, or call 510.452.1776. Individuals visiting the Bay Area must make their own hotel reservations separately from AFAAD Gathering registration.
AFAAD – Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora
PO Box 24771, Oakland CA, 94607
Another book about the Korean adoptee experience!!
Once They Hear My Name: Korean Adoptees and Their Journeys Toward Identity is a collection of oral histories collected by Marilyn Lammert, a social worker and adoptive parent. This anthology features 9 narratives by adult Korean adoptees talking about their experiences growing up with White parents. I know two of the participants in this book so it was nice to read on that note.
One thing I especially appreciate is the wide age span of the adoptees profiled in this piece. I think it helps broaden the experiences and for me, a huge thing, really highlights that we are no longer all just "kids" forever. There is a tendency to think of adoptees as perpetual children and so I definitely appreciate having adult voices present. (Though why a child is featured on the cover — I know, I know, kids are cute and this one is especially adorable. But it just again makes people think of children, and frankly, the authors of the stories in this book are far from kids. I’m guessing kids on covers just sell books about adoption better.)