In November of 2014, Lost Daughters at the helm of editor, Rosita Gonzalez, launched the #flipthescript movement, aimed at highlighting the perspectives of adult adoptees, which reached 30 million households in 30 days. This November, Lost Daughters editors Amanda Transue-Woolston and Rosita Gonzalez partner with Diane Christian from The An-Ya Project to bring you this incredible movement in book form. Recently, we released the image of the gorgeous cover we selected as the face of this upcoming anthology. Stay tuned!
From the Lost Daughters website…
|Living Loud DC readers, emcee Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, and Amb. Susan Jacobs. Photo from Amb. Jacobs.
Last night, a spirited collective of artists gathered together to bring the Living Loud DC event to life. And bring it to life they did. Nine incredible authors, 8 from lost daughters, delivered pieces from four different works (some published some never before read/heard) against the backdrop of the gorgeous Busboys and Poets (5th & K location) surrounded by the energizing sounds of Superior Cling, woven and connected by emcee Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, and powerfully introduced by Ambassador Susan Jacobs. We wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who brought this event together–and to provide links for anyone wanting to learn more about someone or something they saw at Living Loud DC.
Thank you to Kevin Haebeom Vollmers
who initiated, connected, and planned this event, and for lending his humorous and captivating emcee skills.
Thank you to Ambassador Susan Jacobs
for your powerful introduction to this event and for valuing and supporting adoptee voices. Thank you to Kathy Sacco, Special Assistant to Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, for your help and support.
In honor of National Social Work Month, the Undergraduate Social Work Department at West Chester University proudly hosted “Unfolding the Adoption Experience: Exploring Racial Identity” in Sykes Theater on the West Chester University of Pennsylvania Campus. The event was held on March 24th from 2PM to 4PM. The event was sponsored by the undergraduate social work department and co-planned by Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, MSS, LSW and Dr. Greg Tully.
The event featured Dr. Joseph Crumbley, a noted educator, speaker, expert on transracial adoption, and author of Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care and Transracial Adoption and Foster Care: Practice issues for Professionals. The event also featured: Susan Harris O’Connor social worker, performance artist, racial identity theory pioneer, and author of the book The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee.
O’Connor delivered one of her world-famous narrative performances that invited the audience to explore the experience of being transracially adopted and the intersectionality of adoption and race.
|Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW
Unfolding the Adoption Experience: Exploring Racial Identity
In honor of National Social Work Month, the Undergraduate Social Work Department at West Chester University proudly hosts this important event.
Featured speaker: Dr. Joseph Crumbley noted educator, speaker, expert on transracial adoption, and author of Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care and Transracial Adoption and Foster Care: Practice issues for Professionals.
Featured Speaker: Susan Harris O’Connor social worker, performance artist, racial identity theory pioneer, and author of the book The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee.
The event will also feature a performance by O’Connor that invites the audience to explore the experience of being transracially adopted and the intersectionality of adoption and race.
The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. Sykes Theater on the West Chester University campus, March 24th from 2PM to 4PM.
Amanda Transue-Woolston is co-planning this event. Please contact her with any event questions aw655801 [at] wcupa.edu
From the An-Ya Project website….
Now Available in Print via all Amazon channels…
Dismantling the Stereotype
Contributing Writers: Laura Dennis, Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman, Lynn Grubb, Lee Herrick, Jennifer Bao Yu “Precious Jade” Jue-Steuck, Karen Pickell, Matthew Salesses, Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen Sheen, Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut, Julie Stromberg, April Topfer, Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, Angela Tucker, Catana Tully
“Written with the eye of a social worker and the perspective that only someone who has lived the life of adoption can bring, Amanda H. L. Transue-Woolston expresses herself in ways that are both individual and universal. The Declassified Adoptee reads with the power of a novel, yet provides a perspective that I have not yet seen in adoption literature or memoirs. She does this by sharing her own experiences as an adoptee and then broadening her lens to allow the reader to share a broader view of timeless issues in the adoption world. She tackles topics that some find difficult with deep insight, humor and sensitivity.
This book will be a very valuable resource to mental health practitioners, students, researchers, families and others who would like insight on the adoption experience. It is also a true gift to adult adoptees who will find their experiences validated and expressed in deeply profound ways. Thank you to The Declassified Adoptee for bringing us a remarkably current and fresh look at the experience of adoption.”
Mary O’Leary Wiley, PhD, ABPP
Licensed Psychologist in Independent Practice, Altoona, PA
Adoption therapist, researcher, author and Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group on Adoption Research and Practice in the Society of Counseling Psychology (a division of the American Psychological Association).
I am so pleased to announce that the An-Ya and Her Diary Parent & Reader Guide was released on April 6th and is available for purchase. I had the privilege of authoring the forward of the guide. By April 9th, the guide made the “Hot New Releases List” on Amazon.com as well as became a Top 20 “Best Seller” on Amazon in the “adoption” category. You can purchase the novel, An-Ya and Her Diary here, purchase the Parent & Reader Guide on your eReader here, or buy a print copy of the guide here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2013
Contact: Lucy Trainor, Assistant Director
Civil Liberties and Public Policy, Hampshire College
CLPP Hosts 27thAnnual Reproductive Justice Conference
The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College (http://clpp.hampshire.edu) will hold its 27th annual activist conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, on April 12-14, 2013. The conference focuses on broadening the fight for reproductive health and rights by making connections to a diverse range of social issues, including racial, economic, and disability justice; LGBTQ rights; and environmental justice. Approximately 1,000 community activists, students, and national and international leaders and organizers are expected to attend this event, described by past attendees as “motivating, informative, and nourishing” and “overwhelmingly inspiring!”
More than 150 speakers and over 70 conference workshops will highlight local and national activist work from direct service to policy-making. Topics of workshops include Abortion Coverage, Immigration, State Violence, and Transfeminism. Conference attendees walk away with practical knowledge around the issues and are empowered to continue their work. As conference co-coordinator and Hampshire student Lauren Casey puts it, “the CLPP conference has given me hands-on tools and resources to better my own work, and provided me with a community of individuals who are right there behind me fighting this good fight.”
The three-day conference begins Friday afternoon, April 12, in Franklin Patterson Hall at Hampshire College. Friday workshops will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Workshops and plenaries continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. For a list of conference speakers and workshops, or to register, visit http://clpp.hampshire.edu/conference. Conference registration is offered on a sliding scale, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.
CLPP strives to make the conference an accessible space. There will be ASL interpretation available at both the Saturday and Sunday plenaries, and Spanish translation available by request as part of the pre-registration process. The buildings used for the conference are accessible, and space will be reserved in workshops and plenaries for people using wheelchairs. Space will be reserved in plenaries for people looking to reduce their exposure to fragrances. Childcare is available free of charge during the conference.
Student conference co-coordinators are available for interviews: contact Lauren Casey or Zaynah Shaikh at 413-559-6168 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Conference speakers are also available for interviews upon request. Speakers include activists working in diverse communities and on a range of campaigns from across the U.S. as well as internationally, including issues that have traditionally been excluded from a reproductive rights framework.