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Friday, January 4, 2013
2013 One Worlder News: Angela Gee
Love from your fellow One Worlders and best wishes for 2013
Dear friends and colleagues,
The momentous events of 2012 have the potential to become positive game-changers for 2013. I have hope and gratitude, and am galvanized to take important lessons into the new year; to give voice to perspectives that will empower our community and constituency. Many important themes include adoption, and it is remarkable that several public platforms for dialogue will be presented inSouthern California in the next few weeks. I encourage you to attend, and invite others who may benefit, as well. I am honored to participate in the following:
KPCC presents “What Does it Take to Become a Family? A Conversation about the realities of adopting,”at the Crawford Family Forum, Saturday, January 12, 2013, from 2:00 – 4:00pm. Adoption is truly a life-changing, life-long epic, and this discussion aims to address the experiences through the lifespan: from waiting parent, early parenting and transracial adoptive families, plus thoughts on looking in the rear view mirror (or, for us adoptees, is it a house of mirrors?). I will be one of three panelists sharing our stories and taking questions from the audience. Free, butreservations required.
Vista Del Mar hosts a post adoption seminar, “LGBT Adoptive Families: Parenting strategies to nurture and empower LGBT adoptive families and enhance your community of support,” at Vista Del Mar, Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 6:00 – 7:30pm. Adoption itself creates an element of diversity. For an LGBT family, there are multiple minority identities. I'll be leading a discussion on issues that LGBT adoptive families may face, at school and in the community, and identify tools to meet those challenges with a panel of informed LGBT community stakeholders. Free. Call Jill Wolff at Vista Del Mar for reservations (310) 836-1223, Ext. 284or email JillWolff@vistadelmar.org
Pepperdine School of Law's “Inter-Country Adoption: Orphan rescue or child trafficking?,” will convene at Pepperdine University, Malibu, Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, 2013. This conference could not be more timely, considering recent news about Russia,China and other “sending” countries. Globally prominent keynote speakers will talk about law, politics and ethics, and panels will include scholars, activists and clinicians.I will be presenting a panel discussion on Saturday, February 9th at 1:15pm on “Inter-Country Adoption: The Process of Identity Development” that will explore identity development among different generations of adoptees, and their experience of ecological support and transparency. Two important inter-country adoption documentaries will screen, plus Q&A with the directors. For any adoption professional or adoption stakeholder, this conference will provide knowledge that our constituency will benefit from.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.