Press Release

UNIQUE PROJECT AIMS TO PROMOTE POSITIVE IDENTITY FOR TRANSRACIAL ADOPTEES

Media Advisory: For Immediate Release

 

NEW YORK, June 14, 2010 – The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute today announced that it is partnering with two major adoption placement and support organizations, Lutheran Social Services of New England and the California-based Kinship Center, to develop innovative materials and resources designed to promote positive identity formation for transracially adopted children and youth. As a first step in shaping the project, the three partners will convene accomplished professionals with experience and expertise in this area for a “think tank” conclave at Tufts University on Wednesday, June 16.

The project grows out of recommendations included in a groundbreaking study published by the Adoption Institute last November entitled “Beyond Culture Camp: Promoting Healthy Identity in Adoption.” The Executive Summary and full study are available, at no charge, on the Institute’s website at http://adoptioninstitute.org/publications/beyond-culture-camp-promoting-healthy-identity-formation-in-adoption.

The goal of the new project is to empower transracially adopted children by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to deal with issues relating to these important components of themselves (race/ethnicity and adoption) – both to aid in their identity development and self-esteem, and to provide them with knowledge/skills to improve interactions with peers and adults.

This project will initially involve the development of an interactive resource for parents to use with transracially adopted youth. As resources permit, the Institute and its partners also will create training materials for transracially adopted children and youth; will provide “train-the-trainer” sessions with accompanying materials; and, ultimately, will offer an associated website for use both by trainers and the children/youth themselves. In addition, research and assessment on the effectiveness of the intervention will be conducted as additional funding is obtained.

This week’s conclave at Tufts includes nationally prominent researchers, transracial adoptees, adoptive parents and others with experience and expertise in this area. The participants include scholars from the University of Massachusetts, University of Chicago, Harvard University, Boston University and Boston College (among others), as well as adoption and mental-health professionals from agencies in several states and from the international adoption clinic at Tufts University.

The Adoption Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, national nonprofit that is the pre-eminent research and education organization in its field. Its mission is to improve the lives of everyone touched by adoption – especially children – through better evidence-based laws, policies and practices.

For more information about the conclave, contact Project Associate Kerri Johnson at 617-763-0134 or kjohnson@adoptioninstitute.org. To learn more about the Institute, go to its award-winning website, www.adoptioninstitute.org, write to info@adoptioninstitute.org or call 212-925-4089. Institute Executive Director Adam Pertman can be reached at apertman@adoptioninstitute.org or 617-763-0134.

To learn more about Lutheran Social Services, go to www.adoptlss.org.

To learn more about the Kinship Center, go to www.kinshipcenter.org.