November 15, 2013 – Reframing the Adoption Discourse
Sponsored by the Adoption Policy and Reform Collaborative, John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Macalester College
9:30 am. – Activism panel (panelist) – with Michelle Johnson, Mary Martin Mason, Jenni Fang Lee, and Sandy Whitehawk
3:30 p.m. – Mental Health panel (co-facilitator) with Susan Branco Alvarado, Fintan Moore, Hei Kyong Kim, Elana Schuster and Robert O’Connor.
November 7, 2013 – How we got here: Understanding Baby Veronica
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Indian Child Welfare Education Day, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN
This presentation will look at the historical roots of adoption in America to help us understand how a case like Baby Veronica happens.
August 3, 2013 - Transracial Adoptees: Commonalities Across Countries
10:30 – 11:45 am, 2013 KAAN Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
As the authors of the book “Parenting as Adoptees” have shown, adult transracial international adoptees from different countries have a huge amount in common. Adoptees from South Korea, Vietnam, India, and Colombia, all of whom were part of “Parenting as Adoptees,” will lead a wide-ranging, adult adoptees-only, discussion.
August 4, 2013 – Seeking Asian America: Finding Culture in Contemporary Literature
8:30-9:45 am - 2013 KAAN Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
Asian American authors provide windows to the social history that has shaped the perceptions of a “model minority” and the pervasive stereotypes and racist attitudes that are part of today’s American experience. This discussion group will use themes presented in books by popular authors as pathways to understanding Asian American culture today.
2:00-3:30 pm. at Java Train – St. Paul
Families With Children from Asia Midwest and Land of Gazillion Adoptees are pleased to announce a three-part series for adoptive parents – Coffee and Conversation. We invite adoptive parents from all walks of life to join us at Java Train in St. Paul, MN and listen to three accomplished adoptees – Eric Sharp, JaeRan Kim, and Shannon Gibney – as they discuss their professional expertise over casual cups of coffee.
JaeRan Kim will be discussing the landscape of post-adoption needs and services for families. To register, click here.
Collaboration to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities in Child Welfare
In 2010, community members from child welfare and disability organizations and academic researchers came together to form the Disability and Child Welfare Collaborative. Their goals are to connect research findings with practice wisdom, to coordinate outreach and education for service providers in both child welfare and disability services, and to improve practice and client outcomes. The DCWC provides education and training for providers from multiple service systems, as well as opportunities for resource sharing.
Katharine Hill, MPP, MSW, PhD, LISW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas; Traci LaLiberte, MSW, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota; JaeRan Kim, MSW, Adoption, Permanency, and Stability Coordinator, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota; Joe Wild Crea, Program Director, Ampersand Families
December 6, 2012 – Parenting as Adoptees book reading
Join authors of the anthology Parenting As Adoptees as they read and discuss their respective chapters: Shannon Gibney, Hei Kyong Kim, JaeRan Kim, Mary Mason, and Sandy White Hawk, with welcome and closing statements by Adam Chau and Kevin Ost-Vollmers. Through fourteen chapters, the authors of Parenting As Adoptees give readers a glimpse into a pivotal phase in life that touches the experiences of many domestic and international adoptees—that of parenting. The authors, who are all adoptees from various walks of life, intertwine their personal narratives and professional experiences, and the results of their efforts are insightful, emotive, and powerful.