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Transracial Adoption Parenting Series October 2012 – April 2013

AFCAF/NY (Adoptive Families with Children of African Heritage and Their Friends) in collaboration with FCCNY (Families with Children from China Greater New York) and the Adoption Initiative of St. John’s University, New York present the Transracial Adoption Parenting Series October 2012 – April 2013.

The idea behind this monthly series of seven is to address subjects regarding parenting the transracially adopted child; subjects that are beyond the well-known stories within the larger adoption community and both challenging for speakers and audience. The format is that of two speakers per evening, one who takes the perspective of the adult adoptee and one who voices the side of the adoptive parent.  After the two presentations, speakers and audience discuss the subject of that evening under the guidance of a moderator, clinical psychologist Kelly Sykes.

Series Dates & Topics:

October 9, 2012, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Parenting in Public: The Visibility and Isolation of Transracial Families

November 13, 2012, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Burden of Difference on the Transracially Adopted Child and His Family

December 11, 2102, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Power of Normalcy: Destructive or Necessary?

January 8, 2013, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Eyes of the First Parents Here and Abroad: Guilt and Parenting

February 12, 2013, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
An Extra Layer: Learning Differences and Behavioral Problems

March 12, 2013, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Race, Racism and White Privilege In and Outside the Transracial Family

April 9, 2013, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
About Black Men and Asian Girls: Sexuality and Its Stereotypes

Saval Auditorium, St John’s University, Manhattan Campus, 101 Murray Street, New York,NY 10007.

Entire Series:  $140 to $175
Single Evening:  $30

Leah and Joel Katz, Lexi Mitchell, Frank Ligtvoet, Liz Raleigh and Amanda Baden; advice from Beth Hall of Pact, an adoption alliance.

For More Information: Frank Ligtvoet,


News & Press Archive

November 2009: Adopted reviewed in The Asian Reporter:  “Adopted is riveting. Adopted raises blood pressure, it raises impossibly complex issues.”

November 2009: Adoption Mosaic interviewed Nancy Kim Parsons, co-producer of Adopted.  This interview gives the reader a deeper understanding of the people and processes behind the creation of the film.  Read the full interview here.

Spring 2009: The Journal of Families with Children From China interviewed Nancy Kim Parsons, co-creator of Adopted, about the filmmakers’ intentions in making the film, what went on behind the scenes during the filming, the editing process, and how she hopes that adoptive parents will receive the film and its messages.  Read the full interview here [PDF].

March 2009: Adopted & We Can Do Better reviewed by AntiRacist Parent: “The makers of ‘Adopted’ don’t just highlight challenges, but also give parents the tools to handle them… a powerful resource for parents who are thinking of or have already transracially adopted.” Read the full review here.

March 2009: Adopted & We Can Do Better videos are part of the Adoption film Series at the South Orange Public Library in New Jersey, co-sponsored by South Mountain Families with Children from China. Read Adopted director Barb Lee’s interview with the film series programmer here.

January 2009: Pact, An Adoption Alliance reviewed Adopted & We Can Do Better for their winter newsletter and shared that they “were moved to tears, especially by Jen Fero, the adopted adult who courageously allows viewers into her family as she explores her own experience of adoption…” Read the full review here [PDF].

August/September 2008: Adopted reviewed in Adoption Today magazine.