Presentations & workshops

“Working Together As Allies For Social Justice” (keynote), annual conference of KAAN (Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network). Grand Rapids, MI, 2013.

“Courageous Conversations About Race and Adoption” (with Beth Hall). Annual conference of NACAC (North American Council on Adoptable Children). Toronto, ON, 2013.

“Transracialization, Race, and Adoption” Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Adoption Therapy, National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (staff development seminar). Baton Rouge, LA, 2013.

“Race and Culture ARE Special Needs” (keynote) at the Changing Face of Adoption Conference. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Appleton, WI, 2013.

“Transracialization, Race, and Adoption” Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Adoption Therapy, National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (staff development seminar). Baton Rouge, LA, 2012.

“Redirecting the Adult Gaze: Learning to See the Horizon As Seen By ‘Affect Aliens’” (invited paper presentation). SKOK Center for Women’s & Gender Research. University of Bergen, Norway, 2012.

“Courageous Conversations About Race and Adoption” (with Beth Hall). Annual conference of NACAC. Crystal City, VA, 2012.

“Transracial Adoption: What Works and What Doesn’t Work” (keynote). Day-long conference sponsored by Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services. Los Angeles, CA, 2011.

Clinicians Training in Transracial Adoption Issues (interactive workshop). Day-long conference sponsored by Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services. Los Angeles, CA, 2011.

“Transracial Adoption Workshop” (keynote/interactive session) for parents. UMOJA Black Heritage camp. Green River, WI, 2011.

“Transracial Adoption: Issues & Perspectives” (guest lecture at day-long training for social workers and clinicians). Advanced Practice Certificate Program in Adoption and Foster Care Competency. Worcester, MA, 2011.

“Transracial Adoption: What Works and What Doesn’t Work” (keynote). Day-long conference for foster parents & adoptive parents. Sponsored by Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association. Gretna, NE, 2011.

“Transracial Adoption Panel Discussion” sponsored by Pact. With Beth Hall (Pact’s director) and Sofia Arroyo (adult adoptee). Los Angeles, CA, 2011.

Transracial Adoption & Lesbian/Gay Parents” (keynote). State-wide conference sponsored by Ethica and the Alliance Project. Tucson, AZ, 2010.

“Parenting Older Kids: Trouble With the Law & Other Risky Behaviors” (panel). Pact Adoption Camp. Monterey, CA, 2010.

“Where You Live: Should You Move? Does It Matter?” (panel). Pact Adoption Camp. Monterey, CA, 2010.

“Transracial & Transnational Adult Adoptees Speak” (panel moderator). Pact Adoption Camp. Monterey, CA, 2010.

“Parenting Same-Race Adopted Children of Color” (panel). Pact Adoption Camp. Monterey, CA, 2010.

“Presumed Capacities, Assumed Identities: Lesbians and Gays and Transracial Adoption” (paper presentation). Alliance for the Study of Adoption & Culture (ASAC) conference. Cambridge, MA, 2010.

“Transracial Adoption Issues & Perspectives” (training), Department of Social Services, State of Louisiana. Baton Rouge, LA., 2010.

“Lesbian & Gay Parents and Transracial Adoption” (panel). North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) annual adoption conference. Hartford, CT, 2010.

Keynote (“Transracial Families: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Heading”) and interactive workshop on transracial foster care/adoption. State-wide conference sponsored by the Center for the Development of Human Services. Albany, NY, 2009

“White Privilege: A User’s Guide” (with Mark Hagland & Jen Hilzinger), KAAN (Korean American Adoptee & Adoptive Family Network) conference, Denver, CO, 2009

Training for social workers and adoption camp counselors, Holt International, Eugene, OR, 2009.

Community-building games & Theater of the Oppressed exercises for adoptive parents/children in adoptive families (workshops). Pact Family Camp. Occidental, CA, 2009.

“Towards a Sustainable Transracial Adoptee Movement and Community: PTO Strategies + Experiments” (workshop), Pedagogy & Theater of the Oppressed Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 2009 (with Lisa Marie Rollins, Shannon Gibney& Jae Ran Kim).

“Transracial Adoption Issues & Perspectives” (training), Department of Social Services, State of Louisiana. Baton Rouge, LA., 2009.

“Transracial Adoption,” National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning, Hunter College School of Social Work, New York, NY, 2009.

“Struggle For Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption,” film screening and discussion at Holt International, Omaha, NE, 2009.

“Teaching Family Diversity Through Photo-Text Exhibits in Schools” (keynote), Nebraska Art Teachers Association Spring Conference, Lincoln, NE, 2009.

“Growing Up White in a Transracial Family,” at “In Our Own Voices: Adoptees and Foster Youth Speak Out,” 15th annual conference of the Barker Foundation, Rockville, MD, 2009.

“Explicit Talk About Race in the PreK-16 Classroom,” annual conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education, New Orleans, LA (co-presented with Dr. Patty Bode, Tufts University), 2008.

“Transracial Adoption Then and Now: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed” (keynote address), 15th Annual Midwest Adoption Conference, Deerfield, Illinois, 2008.

“Struggle For identity” (screening and commentary), Midwest Adoption Conference, Deerfield, Illinois, 2008.

“Growing Up White in a Transracial Adoptive Family,” Midwest Adoption Conference, Deerfield, Illinois, 2008.

“A Long Way Home: A Glimpse at Transnational Adoption” (panel moderator with Molly McCullough, Harold Grotevant, Debbie Riley, and Holly van Gulden), at the 5th Biennial Conference on Adoption, New York University, NY, New York, 2008.

“Reinventing Whiteness Through Transracial Adoption: The Teenage Years,” (co-presented with Beth Hall) at the 5th Biennial Conference on Adoption, New York University, NY, New York, 2008.

“Adoption Research: Opportunities and Challenges” (special meetings on the state and future of adoption research, Parts 1 and 2, co-presented with Dr. Amanda Baden and Dr. Harold Grotevant) at the 5th Biennial Conference on Adoption, New York University, NY, New York, 2008.

“Conversations About Race, Culture, Adoption, and Adolescence,” (co-presented with Amanda Baden and Joy Lieberthal) at the 5th Biennial Conference on Adoption, New York University, NY, New York, 2008.

“Struggle For Identity: A Conversation 10 Years Later.” Annual NACAC Conference. Sponsored by North American Council on Adoptable Children. Ottawa, ON (Canada), 2008.

“Boys to Men: Nurturing Healthy Masculinity in Our Black Adopted Sons” and “Building Alliances, Navigating Heterosexism,” two “working conversations” for parents at Pact’s Family Camp, 2008.

“Transracial Adoption Issues & Perspectives.” Louisiana State University School of Social Work and the Department of Social Services, State of Louisiana. Baton Rouge, LA., 2008.

“Transracial Adoption and Working With Diverse Families” (seminar for Post Graduate Certificate Program in Adoption Therapy). National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning, Hunter College School of Social Work, New York, NY, 2008

“Paulo Freire, Civic Responsibility, and Public Schools: Teachers and Teacher Educators Reflect on Paulo Freire’s Legacy” (symposium panelist), American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New York, NY, 2008

“The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Who Decides the Fate of Our Youth?” (guest lecture), Students Taking Academic Control Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008

“Supporting Family Diversity as Allies in Struggle” (refereed paper session) Iowa Chapter NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education) Conference, Ames, IA, 2007

“Transracialization in Action: Lessons From White Siblings of Transracial Adoptees.” Transracial Adoption Family Camp, sponsored by PACT/An Adoption Alliance, Loma Mar, CA, 2007

“Sharing the Spotlight: The Non-adopted White Siblings of Transracial Adoptees” (refereed paper session) 4th Biennial Adoption Conference, St. John’s University, New York, NY, 2006

The Lifelong Impact of Transracial Adoption: Learning From Adoptees and Their Siblings” (keynote address) 4th Biennial Adoption Conference, St. John’s University, New York, NY, 2006

“Sharing the Spotlight: Non-adopted Kids in Transracial Families” (invited presentation), Statewide Annual Diversity Conference sponsored by Casey Family Services/Child & Family Services of New Hampshire/Wide Horizons for Children/Lutheran Social Services of Northern New England, Concord, NH, 2006

“Writing and the Scholarly Life” (invited panelist), Annual College of Education & Human Sciences Student Research Conference, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 2006

“Sharing the Spotlight: The Non-adopted White Siblings of Transracial Adoptees” (invited presentation) 17th Annual Statewide Adoption Training Conference, New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children, Albany, NY, 2006

“Bridging Modernity and Postmodernity and the Unfinished Struggle for Racial Integration” (paper session) Presidential Invited Session, annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, 2006

“Multiple Contexts, Multiple Identities: Pushing the Boundaries of Multicultural Education” (refereed paper session with S. Nieto, P. Bode & E. Kang) annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montréal, Québec, 2005

“White Parents, Children of Color” (invited presentation), annual conference of the National Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children Association (NCASA), Atlanta, GA, 2005

“Transracial Adoption as a Lifelong Journey” (invited presentation), University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, WA, 2005

The Colors of Family: Exploring Biracial and Transracial Identities” (guest lecture) sponsored by Springfield Public Libraries, Springfield, MA, 2005

“Issues in Transracial Adoption” Parent Group Leader Training (invited presentation), Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Adoptive Families Together, Lawrence, MA, 2005

“White Parents, Black Children” (presentation) Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW) annual conference, Arlington, VA, 2004

“Transracial Adoption as a Lifelong Journey” 1-Day Mini-Conference (featured speaker) sponsored by Easter Seals Vermont and the Vermont Adoption Consortium, Montpelier, VT, 2004

Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption” (invited presentation), PACT’s Transracial Adoption Summit & Family Camp, Gilroy, CA, 2004

“Struggle For Identity” (invited presentation), Open Door Society/ Adoption Community of New England Annual Conference, Milford, MA, 2004

“Exploring Family Diversity” (in-service staff development training), South Hadley Public Schools, South Hadley, MA, 2004

“Struggle For Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption” (invited presentation), annual conference of Easter Seals Vermont & Vermont Adoption Consortium, Fairlee, VT, 2003

“Struggle for Identity” (invited presentation), annual conference of the Open Door Society/Adoption Community of New England, Bellingham, MA, 2003

“Struggle For Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption” (invited presentation), Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children/Kids Net and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Holyoke, MA, 2003

“Re/Constructing Race: An Ethnography of Transracial Adoption” (refereed paper session), annual conference of Ethnography and Qualitative Research in Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002

“Racial Identity Development in Multiracial Families” (invited presentation), PACT’s Transracial Adoption Summit & Family Camp, San Francisco, CA, 2002

“Family Diversity & LGBT Parents” (invited presentation), PACT’s Transracial Adoption Summit & Family Camp, San Francisco, CA, 2002

“Adoption Advocacy and the Schools” (invited presentation), PACT’s Transracial Adoption Summit & Family Camp, San Francisco, CA, 2002

“Embracing Family Diversity in Today’s Schools” (invited presentation), Fortnightly Breakfast Lecture Series, School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2002


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