Flip the Script Anthology: Gorgeous Cover Reveal

Flip The Script Cover Book

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!

Thank you for Supporting Bring Love In

This was sent to me but really it’s for anyone who recently bought a The Declassified Adoptee book and especially Aselefech Evans whose half-marathon fundraising campaign allowed the team at The Declassified Adoptee to be among the many donors for Bring Love In.

In addition to preserving original families, Bring Love In creates families by taking children out of orphanages and placing them into the homes of widowed Ethiopian mothers to be cared for by these mothers and by their communities.

Thank you for helping us support Aselefech and Bring Love In in their amazing work.
–Amanda

An-Ya and Her Diary & The An-Ya Project: Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth (now available)

From the An-Ya Project website…
 
 
 
Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth is a powerful book filled with thoughtful and inspiring letters. This anthology was written by a global community of adult adoptees and adults who were fostered. Each letter was penned to the upcoming generation of adopted and fostered youth.
 
The mission of Dear Wonderful You is for all adopted or fostered youth to feel embraced and guided by the incredible letters contained inside. The writers’ want every young reader to know they have a network of support who “get it,” “get them,” and have been in their shoes.
 
 

Now Available in Ebook & Paperback

 

Purchase Here:

 

Dear Wonderful You

#LivingLoudDC a Success!

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 our partners for making the event possible, the Barker Foundation, Korean Focus, and Land of Gazillion Adoptees.
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.

Read more….

Thank You for Attending Unfolding the Adoption Experience: Exploring Racial Identity!

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

Transracial Adoption Event at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, March 24, 2014

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

Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment and Peace, Now Available!

I am proud to announce that Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment and Peace is now available in ebook format with print copies forthcoming, on Amazon.com.

This anthology, boasting nearly 30 Lost Daughters authors, was edited by Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, Julie Stromberg, Karen Pickell, and Jennifer Anastasi. It features a collection of writings aimed to bring readers the perspectives of adopted women and highlight their strength, resiliency, and wisdom.  We thank CQT Media and Publishing and Land of Gazillion Adoptees for publishing this incredible book.
The beautiful cover art of painted flowers was provided by Carlynne Hershberger. Proceeds from this anthology will be donated to a charity to be determined.
“Moving beyond racial, ethnic and professional silos frequently observed in adoption, Lost Daughters brings us together to witness the courage, strength and amazement of a diverse group of women who represent the true fabric of adoption.”  —Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW, National Speaker, Solo Performance Artist, Activist Author, The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee
 

“These are brave, strong essays written from the heart by talented, courageous women who pull no punches. Anyone not already familiar with the inner ramifications of being adopted to the adoptee will be blown away.” –Lorraine Dusky, first mother, author of Birthmark, founding board member of ALMA, and founder of [Birth Mother] First Mother Forum.

 
I thank Lost Daughters readers for their support, and our authors for their amazing contributions to this beautiful and powerful work.  Please visit the book listing at Amazon.com here.

An-Ya and Her Diary & The An-Ya Project: PERPETUAL CHILD: ADULT ADOPTEE ANTHOLOGY (now available)

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

Early Praise for The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist by Mary O’Leary Wiley, PhD, ABPP

“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).

Early Praise for the Lost Daughters Anthology: Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW

Lost Daughters provides us with a viewing of brilliance, social justice and activism. Moving beyond racial, ethnic and professional silos frequently observed in adoption, Lost Daughters brings us together to witness the courage, strength and amazement of a diverse group of women who represent the true fabric of adoption. This anthology, a collection of stories written by adult adoptees, is a must read for clinical and social service professionals and all those touched by and/or interested in learning about adoption journeys.

Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW
National Speaker, Solo Performance Artist, Activist
Author, The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee