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6 Evenings on Transracial Adoption with Adult Adoptees NY

ADOPTED. The Movie. We Can Do Better

6 Evenings on Transracial Adoption with Adult Adoptees
Watch the film and discuss the themes

Curated by Dr. Amanda Baden
With Barb Lee, Nancy Kim Parsons, Joy Lieberthal and many others

February May 2012
Saval Auditorium St. John’s University
Downtown Manhattan Campus
Six Tuesday evenings 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1
6:30 8:30 pm

Series: Adult $120, students $60—No tickets are sold for separate evenings.
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The documentary Adopted. The Movie (2009) by filmmaker Barb Lee reveals the grit rather than the glamour of transracial adoption. Lee goes deep into the intimate lives of two well-meaning families and shows us the subtle challenges they face. One family is just beginning the process of adopting a baby from China and is filled with hope and possibility. The other family’s adopted Korean daughter is now 32 years old. Prompted by her adoptive mother’s terminal illness, she tries to create the bond they never had. The results are riveting, unpredictable and telling. While the two families are at opposite ends of the journey, their stories converge to show us that love isn’t always enough. Because of the thought provoking nature of this challenging film it made a splash in the adoption community and beyond. The Movie was followed by an educational companion DVD We Can do Better in which five themes are discussed: Intentions behind Adopting, Parenting the Adopted Child, the MultiRacial Family, Identity for the Transracial Adoptee and Tough Questions. See the website:

In six evenings we will show the film and the five sections of the companion DVD. Each evening is introduced by adult adoptee experts, who will also facilitate the discussion afterward. The series is curated by Dr. Amanda Baden, an expert on transracial adoption and Associate Professor at Montclair State University, Montclair NJ:

For whom

The series is meant for adopted persons; prospective adoptive parents; for adoptive parents, who want to revisit themes of race and identity in their families; for social workers at adoption agencies and in government, interested in the adult adoptee’s perspective; for policy makers in local and national administrations and foundations; for teachers and educators on all academic levels; for students in education and social work; for all of us who have experiences with adoption.

ADOPTED is appropriate for teens and older. There are issues related to families, adoption and ethnicity that might be challenging for some. This film will likely lead to some important and powerful discussions within families, so parents should expect to talk about it afterward.

Dates, subjects and presenters

Tuesday February 28: Adopted.The Movie: Amanda Baden
Tuesday March 6: Session 1: Intentions: Nancy Kim Parsons
Tuesday March 13: Session 2: Parenting the Adopted Child: Joy Lieberthal
Tuesday April 3: Session 3: The MultiRacial Family: Tara Linh Leaman and Liz Raleigh
Tuesday April 17: Session 4: Identity for the Transracial Adoptee: Nancy Kim Parsons with the protagonist of ADOPTED Jennifer Fero (to be confirmed)
Tuesday May 1: Session 5: Tough Questions: Kacy Ames


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

Public transportation:


Adoptive Families with Children of African Heritage and their Friends,
Families with Children from China of Greater New York,
New York St. John’s University, Adoption Initiative


The fee for six evenings is $120. For students there is a reduced fee of $60. No tickets are sold for separate evenings.
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More information

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