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The process for international adoption changed significantly with the April 1, 2008 U.S. implementation of the Hague Adoption Convention. This international treaty has been signed by approximately 75 countries. It is designed to protect the interests of all parties in adoption and to prevent the abduction or sale of children.

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Beyond Culture Camp: A Guide for Parents

All parents want their children to grow up with a healthy sense of self. Yet for transracially formed adoptive families, the notion that this will naturally develop cannot be taken for granted. For these families, adoption is an obvious component of who they are. They may face questions from perfect strangers about being adopted, whether they invite the discussion or not. Society's persistent race-based stereotypes will likely impact these adopted persons in ways that their parents may not have personally experienced or even anticipated.

In a first of its kind study, Beyond Culture Camp: Promoting Healthy Identity Formation in Adoption, more than 450 adult adoptees were surveyed to better understand the complex and inter-related impacts of being adopted and being raised by parents of a different ethnicity. Respondents reflected back on their childhood, adolescence and adulthood, giving powerful insights as to what helped them gain a positive sense of self and what hindered that development.

The webinar features Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, reviewing key findings from the study, ending with practical recommendations for adoptive parents on how to promote a healthy sense of self in their transracially placed children. Following this review, transracially placed adult adoptees Tara Leaman and Aaron Stigger give their personal perspectives on the topic as well as address common questions.

This webinar was offered live June 23, 2010. Once purchased, you will launch the recorded webinar from the link in your account page.

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Beyond Culture Camp: A Guide for Parents
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Adam Pertman

Adam is the author of Adoption Nation and associate editor of Adoption Quarterly. Adam has contributed to many articles on adoption-related issues and has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses and trainings.

Aaron Stigger

Aaron is an adult adoptee who was placed in a mixed race home. His goal is to spread his positive story to the masses, since he realizes that he is very fortunate to have had parents that worked hard at making a very conspicuous family fit in.

Tara Linh Leaman

Tara is an African Vietnamese American transethnic adoptee, and knows well the challenges and successes of claiming more than one transformative experience. She is an author, speaker and Co-Founder of AmeriAsians Building Bridges Consulting.

Learn more about Tara Linh Leaman