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What It Feels Like to Be in Foster Care Event by Jeanette Yoffe, Former Foster Youth-Adoptee
During May’s National Foster Care Awareness Month, on Thursday, May 18th we had a special screening of a film that educates what foster children go through and what it will take to make a difference in their lives.
Two Los Angeles Nonprofits, Angels Nest TLP and Celia Center Inc., co-hosted the “What It Feels Like to Be in Foster Care” event, which aimed to raise awareness and offer solutions for handling the foster care crisis in Los Angeles. LA is home to 33,000 foster children, the largest foster care population in the United States, according to the Children’s Law Center of California…
The Parallel Universe of… Who am I? by David B. Bohl
The feelings of shame haven’t disappeared, but I was able to mask them so much better with alcohol—it was a cure for all my woes! What I didn’t know was that this “healing” elixir was also poisoning me—me and the very connections I was making. Eventually, everything fell apart. And I had to find a new way to live as a sober but still fragmented person. I recovered from alcohol but it wasn’t until I recovered those other fragments of myself that I became truly whole.
Roadmap to Reunion: 8 PACTS | National Adoption Conference
This article provides a framework for setting boundaries in an adoptee and birthmother or birthfather reunion. So, both parties decide together how the relationship will be and have set goals and expectations entering into the reunion with empathy, understanding and compassion, have an open mind, and respect they will have different narratives entering the reunion.
Why Post Adoption Support Matters? By Jeanette Yoffe
Post-adoption services help address sensitive aspects such as trauma (young children, adults, and even parents can suffer from it), loss, separation, sense of familiarity or belonging, etc. Such services can also help children and their families address their specific needs and help family members strengthen their bond and deepen their attachment to sustain the relationship.
Making the Most of Adoption Reunion: Affirmations & Videos by Marlou Russell Ph.D. Author and Adoptee
Marlou Russell, Author of Adoption Wisdom. She is an adoptee and long time pioneer in the field of adoption sharing her reunion publicly in Los Angeles in the 90’s. In this blog, she share’s her insight, experience and wisdom about reunion relationships and you truly need to know! Also included are rare videos.
Because I Know You’ll Understand by Adoptee and Art Therapist Nicole Rademacher
An adoptee and art therapist, Nicole Rademacher, shares her thoughts about being part of an art and adoption event titled “Adoptee Voices” in Los Angeles, which was a gathering of young adoptees and adult adoptee mentors, pre-pandemic sponsored by Celia Center in collaboration with Vista Del Mar Agency… “This is for my fellow adoptees, for my community, for my tribe. Because you get me. You do…you really do.”
A Daughter’s Bill of Rights by Adoptee, Janice Stevenor Dale
This is a declaration of the daughter’s bill of rights. It is a list that few people discuss and many people take for granted; if you live within a normal, blood- related family you will rarely encounter these barriers. But, if you are adopted, your rights, continuing into adulthood, remain compromised. It is quite easy for a male dominated court to determine that a human child who cannot speak nor write, nor hire an attorney to represent their own rights…
What Every Adoptive Parent Should Know About Search & Reunion by Michael Grand Ph.D. and Monica Byrne
For more than 30 years, the two of us have helped to facilitate a myriad of reunions and reconnections between adoptees and their birth families. We have learned many things that adoptive parents must consider when their adult child begins the journey to discover the first chapter of life that took the adoptee from one family and led to the formation of a second family. We offer these lessons…
Ten things Adoptees Want Their Birth Parents To Know About Reunion by Ross John Martin, Adoptee
A reunion with your birth family can be a wonderful thing but when I searched for my mother, I really had no idea about who or what I would find. I remember being fully prepared for being rejected, to be honest I was expecting it but I hoped at least I would know what she looked like and maybe she’d tell me about her life.