This page gives a provisional list of adoptee-created or adoptee-centered resources. It is a work-in-progress and additions and corrections are welcome: please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. An excellent resource library with a wider scope is offered by PACT, An Adoption Alliance: http://www.pactadopt.org/resources/resource-library.html
THERAPISTS WITH ADOPTEE SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE
ATN provides support for adoptive families. ATN is not a therapy provider. ATN provides this list as a resource for adoptive families, but ATN does not endorse particular therapists.
Elizabeth Studwell, Psy.D. ES@rennickeassociates.com Elizabeth Studwell, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist trained in Chicago. Dr. Studwell is a bilingual (English and Spanish) psychologist, qualified to perform neuropsychological, educational, and personality assessments. She has a total of over 10 years working in the field of mental health with very diverse populations of children, adolescents, adults, and families. Elizabeth is passionate about working with children and young adults with their families. She has expertise and a personal connection to working with all members of the adoption triad, adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. She spent a full year living and working in Bogotá, Colombia at an adoption agency and orphanage, La Casa de La Madre y él Niño. There, initially as a volunteer and later as a staff psychologist, Dr. Studwell provided therapeutic support for children preparing to be adopted and for parents preparing to adopt. She also had the opportunity to work with 40 children in individual therapy living in congregate care at the orphanage. Dr. Studwell has also worked with the foster care system and private adoption in the NYC area for the past many years. She brings a great deal of knowledge and sensitivity to her work as a psychologist and primarily works within an attachment-focused lens.
Rose Latino, PhD, LCSW practices in Brooklyn Heights and works with adults in the adoption triad. She provides coaching for parenting children with behavioral challenges and/or special learning needs. She completed adoption competency training with Dr. Joyce Pavao and has expertise in birth family reunion. Rose earned her PhD from the Smith College School Social Work, and completed post-grad training at the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. In addition to adoption, her clinical expertise is in treating anxiety, grief, and addiction. She formerly worked as a child and adolescent therapist but sees adults and groups only in her current practice. EMDRIA certified and currently training in Internal Family Systems, she is a faculty member at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy Trauma Program. Rose is an adoptive mother of two daughters.
Sarah Gerstenzang, LCSW sarahgerstenzang.com has extensive experience working with foster and adoptive families. She provides attachment-focused family therapy as well as consultation and training for prospective foster and adoptive parents. Additionally, she offers training and supervision for clinical, educational and other professionals working with children who have experienced complex developmental trauma.
COMPREHENSIVE ADOPTEE SITES
Lost Daughters ‘is an independent collaborative writing project founded in 2011. It is edited and authored exclusively by adult women who were adopted as children. Our name was chosen in the spirit of BJ Lifton’s concept of one’s Self becoming “lost” and “found” throughout the journey of being adopted. Our authors come from a variety of walks of life, world views, religions, political stances, types of adoption, countries of origin, and countries of residence. Our ages span from early 20’s to late 60’s. Although we cannot possibly cover every experience and perspective of adoptees on our blog, we try our best to provide insight on what it is like to live adoption from the adoptee perspective. The only position we take on adoption is that adoptee voices make it better.’ http://www.thelostdaughters.com
WEBMAGAZINE GAZILLION VOICES
Gazillion Voices mission is ‘to create a platform for adoptees and their allies to bring topics important to the adoption community to life through rich, compelling, and thought-provoking content that will be accessible to the broader community and will ultimately reframe and reshape the conversation about adoption.’ http://gazillionvoices.com
ADOPTEE READING RESOURCES
Adoptee Reading Resource is a site ‘designed to catalog and promote books written by adoptees and other adoption-related books recommended by adoptees. Please take a moment to look around and get your bearings. We recommend starting with the Overview and How To Use This Site pages. We hope you will find this site useful for discovering adoptee literature.’ http://adopteereading.com/welcome/
A rich list of adoptee blogs was recently compiled on the Musings of the Lame website: http://www.adoptionbirthmothers.com/blogs-written-by-adoptees/. We made a choice out of that list.
Elle Cuardaigh Following a Tangled Thread http://ellecuardaigh.com
The Daily Bastardette http://www.dailybastardette.com
Lynn Grubb No Apologies for Being Me http://noapologiesforbeingme.blogspot.com
Kevin Hofmann My Mind on Paper http://www.kevinhofmann.com
Pamela Karanova’s How Does it Feel to be Adopted https://howdoesitfeeltobeadopted.wordpress.com
John Raible https://johnraible.wordpress.com
Jae Ran Kim http://jaerankim.com
Red Thread Broken https://redthreadbroken.wordpress.com/blog/
Angela Tucker The Adopted Life http://theadoptedlife.com
Kevin H .Vollmers http://kevinhvollmers.com/blog/
Sarah Heslin Woods Stuck in the Middle https://sjheslinwoods.wordpress.com
Daniel Ibn Zayd Adoptee, rematriated https://danielibnzayd.wordpress.com
FIRST/BIRTH PARENTS BLOGS
Adoption in the City https://racilous.wordpress.com
[Birth Mother] First Mother Forum http://www.firstmotherforum.com
Mirah Riben http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mirah-riben/
Adoption News and Events https://www.facebook.com/AdoptionNews/?fref=nf
Donaldson Adoption Institute https://www.facebook.com/adoptioninstitute/
Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform https://www.facebook.com/groups/134223589060/
Racism and White Privilege for the Adoptive Family https://www.facebook.com/groups/404106472979907/
Transracial Adoption https://www.facebook.com/groups/TransracialAdoption/
Bryan Tucker Closure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g__N9YW78XU
Phil Bertelsen Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America http://itvs.org/films/outside-looking-in/filmmaker
Deann Borshay Liem First Person Plural http://www.mufilms.org/films/firstpersonplural/#.VmroQTZhj5w and her other films http://www.mufilms.org
Linda Goldstein-Knowles Somewhere between http://www.somewherebetweenmovie.com
Barb Lee Adopted http://www.adoptedthemovie.com/adopted-synopsis/
Nicole Opper Off and Running http://www.adoptedthemovie.com/adopted-synopsis/
NYSCCC Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption http://nysccc.org/about-us/programs/nysccc-videos/struggle-for-identity/
John Sanvidge Adoptees in the Wild http://www.redshibamedia.com/our-work/adoptees-in-the-wild/ and Finding Seoul http://www.redshibamedia.com/our-work/findings-eoul/
Johnny Symons Daddy & Papa http://www.daddyandpapa.com
Stephanie Wang-Breal Wo Ai Ni Mommy http://www.woainimommy.com
The mission of Also-Known-As, Inc. is to empower the voice of adult international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees http://www.alsoknownas.org
KAAN. Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network
KAAN’s mission ‘is to improve the lives of Korean-born adoptees by connecting the community and providing opportunities for dialogue, education, and support.
Over 150,000 Korean-born children have been adopted to the U.S., many now grown to adulthood. With their families, this community is estimated to be over 1 million. KAAN grew out of the need for these adoptees and families to connect. Since our founding in 1998, our main project has been our annual conference. We have also published two books, led trips to Korea, and provide year-round information and support.’ http://www.kaanet.org