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Let’s Talk About Your Family: A Seminar on Parenting and Adoption
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event is for adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents from all backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. It will focus on examining your biggest concerns about being adoptive parents, and will give you the tools to discuss your child’s origin story with them in a way that is affirming for your children and beneficial for your entire family. This seminar will also provide you with a guide on how to introduce your children to topics revolving around race and sexual identity politics. For those in transracial and same sex headed households in particular, this seminar will teach you how to be advocates for your children in their schools and in your own community.
Tony Hynes works with Adoptions Together, an adoption placement agency, as a Discussion Group Facilitator. Tony is a transracial adoptee, and was adopted by Mary Hynes and Janet Simons in the mid 1990s. His family faced a custody battle with his birth family, who felt Mary and Janet, two white women, were not the right people to raise him. Tony writes about his experiences growing up as both a transracial adoptee and as a child growing up in a same sex headed household in his memoir “The Son With Two Moms.” Today, Tony is an advocate for families like his, and serves on the Board of Directors for Rainbow Families, an organization devoted to promoting the rights of LGBTQ Families everywhere. He has been invited to be a speaker at several conferences on adoption throughout the nation, especially those involving trans-racial adoptions. In the fall of 2016 Tony was awarded a full scholarship to begin his PhD studies in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County. (UMBC), where he has begun work on his dissertation, which focuses on racial connectedness among transracial adoptees.
Co-sponsored by Barker Adoption Foundation.
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Light refreshments will be served.
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