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Webinar: Racially Ambiguous, Biracial, and Multiracial Voices

Start time/date: May  13, 2020 11:00 AM
End time/date: May  13, 2020 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
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Racially Ambiguous, Biracial, and Multiracial Voices  

Racial identity for adopted and fostered people of color, especially when they are transracially adopted, is complex, as they navigate the multiple intersections of race in a racialized world. For those who either look racially ambiguous and/or embody multiple racial identities this complexity is further magnified. Drawing on racial identity development theories, this discussion will explore ambiguous, biracial and multiracial identity in the context of families, and include suggestions for parents and adults who are looking to support children in their exploration and journey of feeling comfortable in their own skin, and allow them to embrace one or all of their racial identities.


**Registration closes May 12th at 5:00 pm.


Appropriate for all triad members and professionals. 


Educational objectives:


  1. Summarize some of the key features, challenges, similarities and differences for racially ambiguous, biracial and multiracial children and youth in developing a healthy racial identity in a racist society.
  2. Compare the experiences of people who have two birth parents of the same race and appear ambiguous, with the experiences of people who have two birth parents of a different race but appear unambiguous.
  3. Compare the experiences of people who are navigating racial identity in a same-race placement where one or both of the adoptive parents shares the race(s) of the adopted person, and a transracial placement. 
  4. Describe the differences between one’s genetic racial heritage, one’s personal racial identity, and society’s assigned racial identity.
  5. List three ways that adoption can complicate racial identity development for ambiguous / biracial and multiracial youth.
  6. Identify some of the common controversies that ambiguous and bi/multiracial people have to content with in navigating and claiming their identity.
  7. Identify five strategies or resources that adoptive parents or adults can use to support racially ambiguous / biracial and multiracial youth in exploring and expressing their identity.



Instructor: Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, MA, LMFT #47992

Position: Adoption Agency Supervisor and First/Birth Family Specialist

Experience: Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in the adoption and foster care triads. She is both a first/birth mother, as well as a transracial adoptee. Susan has been providing individual and family therapy to all members of the foster / adoption constellation since 2008 in private practice and agency settings. She has delivered workshops and keynotes addresses to adoption professionals and adoptive families at regional, state, and national conferences on adoption. She is the Adoption Agency Supervisor and First/Birth Family Specialist at Pact, where she focuses on the needs of expectant parents considering adoption, and first/birth families who have placed children for adoption.

Pricing Description:

$36 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact member receive 25% discount.

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