Upcoming Events & Workshops
Feb 24th – NASW-PA Social Justice Symposium
5PM-6PM (EST) “COVID and Adoption Services”
Presenters: Amanda Woolston & Stephanie Oyler
Register here by 2/22/21. Up to 7 CEUs available.
Past Conference Presentations & Keynotes
June 24th, 2016, 2:45PM to 3:45PM. Panelist. “Harris Racial Identity Model and Psychotherapy.” Presenters: Susan Haris O’Connor, Dr. David Amarel, & Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston. At the Double Tree Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh–Greentree, Pittsburgh, PA. June 24th-26th. Conference schedule. Register.
June 11, 2016, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Panelist. “Flip the Script: An Artistic Uplifting of Adoptee Voices.” Presenters: Catherine A. Johnston, Leigha Basini, Mi Ok Song Bruining, April Dinwoodie, Wendy M. Laybourn, Susan Harris O’Connor, Amanda H.L. Transue Woolston, Beata, Skonecki & Zara Phillips. At the Adoption Initiative Conference, Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Conference schedule. June 11th break-out schedule.
June 24th, 2016, 2:45PM to 3:45PM. Panelist. “Harris Racial Identity Model and Psychotherapy.” Presenters: Susan Harris O’Connor, Dr. David Amarel, & Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston. At the Double Tree Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh–Greentree, Pittsburgh, PA. June 24th-26th. Conference schedule.
April 8, 2016. Presenter. “Disability Inclusion in Faith Communities” workshop. Faith Community Nurse Network meeting, West Chester, PA.
March 21, 2016. Keynote Speaker. “Trailblazing Change” 37th annual conference, the American Adoption Congress, Denver, Colorado.
October 27, 2015. Panelist. PHI ALPHA Alumni Event, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
June 27, 2015, Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Conference, St. Louis, Lost Daughters panel “How Words Heal in Adoptee Spaces.” The Lost Daughters website has become the voice of women adoptees. Join a panel of Lost Daughters to see how writing heals and also works to “flip the script” as founder Amanda Transue-Woolston coins the phrase.
June 27, 2015, Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Conference, St. Louis, “Dear Wonderful You” session for adopted youth. Amanda co-facilitated a session for adopted youth with one of the editors of Dear Wonderful You, Dr. Mei-Mei Ellerman.
April 14, 2015, Testimony Presenter, Children and Youth Committee, adoption policy.
March 28, 2015, Plenary Panelist, American Adoption Congress Conference, Boston, Lost Daughters panel “Diverse Narratives Within the Collective Adoptee Voice.” A panel of diverse adopted women from the blog Lost Daughters discussed the challenge of amplifying the collective adoptee voice while respecting individuals’ stories.
June 1, 2014, Speaker, “Living Loud: Unabashed Identity Exploration,” reading event, Bus Boys & Poets Washington, D.C., sponsored by Barker Foundation, Korean Focus, and Land of Gazillion Adoptees, featuring keynote speaker, U.S. Ambassador Susan Jacobs.
April 1, 2013. Keynote speaker, PHI ALPHA National Social Work Honor Society induction ceremony, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
March 24, 2014 co-planner & BSW program graduate panelist, “Unfolding the Adoption Experience: Exploring Racial Identity” featuring transracial adoption and child welfare pioneers Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW and Dr. Joseph Crumbley.
March 18, 2014. Testimony Presenter, Senate Youth and Aging Committee, adoption policy.
November 16, 2013. Policy panelist & conference planning team member, “Reframing the Adoption Discourse” conference, Adoption Policy and Reform Collaborative, Macalester College.
October 21, 2013. Panelist, PHI ALPHA Alumni Event, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
July 17, 2013. Testimony Presenter, Children and Youth Committee, adoption policy.
June 4-27, 2013. Art presenter, “Art and Childhood Development Exposition,” Delaware County Community College.
April 13, 2013. Adoption panelist, Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference, Hampshire College.
October 27, 2012. Speaker and co-master of ceremony, Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center, Fall Charity Fashion Show.
July 26, 2012. Meeting participant, Adoption Policy and Reform Collaborative and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, policy discussion.
March 21, 2012. Panelist, “We are All Macro” social work event, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
October 15, 2011. Workshop presenter, “Building Change: Convergence for Social Justice,” Three Rivers Community Foundation.
September 17, 2011. Keynote speaker, “Adoption on Film: Families Lost and Found” film festival, University of Pittsburgh.
July 25, 2010. Booth presenter, post-adoption policy, National Conference of State Legislators, Louisville, KY.