Join us as we once again welcome Angela Tucker of The Adopted Life for our Quarterly Parent Training on transracial caregiving. Angela will give us an overview of transracial adoption and centering the adoptee, speaking out of her lived experience and work with transracial adoptees. Angela will present on transracial adoptee identity and adoption related micro-aggressions, challenging parents and caregivers to center adoptees. Small group role-plays and discussions about interrupting adoption-related micro-aggressions will be practiced. And finally, the workshop closes with a facilitated discussion between Angela Tucker and a transracial adoptee panel with time for question and answer and final discussion.
Angela Tucker was born in Tennessee and immediately became a ward of the state, she was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia and labeled a “Failure to Thrive.” Angela remained in foster care for over a year, eventually being adopted by a white family in Bellingham, Washington – a city where just 1% of the population is Black. She has seven siblings – all adopted except for one and had many foster siblings, foreign exchange students, and extended family who also lived in her home. Her unique upbringing encouraged an expansive and inclusive definition of family and that led to her mission: to center adoptees.
Angela Tucker started The Adopted Life blog, hosts Adoptee lounges and is an adoptee committed to advancing the conversation and documented searching for her biological parents in the documentary, Closure, and her unique upbringing has encouraged an expansive and inclusive definition of family.
Angela serves as an advisor to child-welfare agencies across the world, she mentors adoptees nationwide, and has been published in The Journal of Child and Family for her Inclusive Family Support Model. She serves on the Ethics Committee for The Adoption Files Initiative and also serves on the steering committee of The Society of Adoptee Professionals of Color In Adoption.
Adopting, fostering, and/or caregiving transracially requires caregivers to have sustained and healthy discussions about race and culture. The training includes facilitated discussions about privilege, implicit bias, and microaggressions.