Trista Schroeder and her daughter, Luli, 3, sit outside their home on Monday afternoon. Schroeder adopted Luli at birth in Ethiopia.
Southern California is known for its diversity, and that's a quality evident even in the way families form here. The Golden State consistently leads the country in adoptions, both domestic and intercountry. Information about adoption procedure, costs, and agencies isn't hard to find. What's far less-readily available is discussion about support resources and what they do and don't provide… and what it means to be adopted, whether as parent or child, especially when differences in culture or race are part of the family portrait.
On Saturday, January 12th, The Crawford Family Forum hosted a conversation about these facets of adoption with guest panelists in different phases of the process. How do people arrive at the decision to adopt? How does a sense of cohesive family life, and family and individual identity get built? Are there challenges, or unexpected rewards, that come at certain stages in the experience of being adopted? In addition to exchange about these questions, an interactive program component offered attendees the chance to share their own adoptive journeys.
Edgar Aguirre, KPCC Community Outreach Director; future parent waiting to adopt from Mexico
Angie Sanders, a Southland adoptive parent whose toddler is biracial; leader of an area adoption meetup/support group
Angela Gee, MFT, a local marriage and family therapist with a focus on identity development; an adoptee and adoptive parent herself
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
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