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Webinar: Asian Adoptee Voices

Start time/date: Apr  22, 2020 11:00 AM
End time/date: Apr  22, 2020 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
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Asian Adoptee Voices  

Hear from adopted adults about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. Too often in the child welfare field, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. The voices of Asian adopted adults, born both domestically and internationally, will be featured. They will address issues such as being the ‘model’ minority, gendered narratives about female adoptees value in Asian cultures, exotified identities for Asian women and invisible masculinity for Asian men. Culture-specific approaches to adoption and search (both transnational and domestic) will also be addressed.


Educational objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the common experiences of Asian adoptees as they navigate their experiences around both race and adoption.
  2. Prepare themselves to answer common questions and concerns that are likely to come up for the Asian adopted youth in their family and/or community.
  3. Give examples of privilege and how it applies in the context of the adoption of Asian children.
  4. Identify stereotypes, cultural appropriation and microaggressions as applied to Asian adoptees.
  5. Create an action plan for supporting Asian adoptees.


Instructor: Steve Kalb: 

Steve Kalb, LMSW, is the director of post adoption services at Holt International Children’s Services and a Ph.D. student in the school of social work at Portland State University where he has taught advanced community based practice. His 15 years in the adoption industry has given him valuable insight into its influence and affect on the adoption experience. He is a trainer for adoption professionals and adoptive parents on the value and importance of the Adoptee voice and has presented globally on the international Adoptee birth search experience. Informed by direct work with hundreds of Adoptees, adoption professionals, and adoptive families around the world, he has developed innovative programming for Adoptees and their families that empower all parties to advocate for a more balanced adoption discourse.

Pricing Description:

$36 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact member receive 25% discount.

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