SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20TH, 8:00-8:30 PM EST WITH LYNELLE LONG, FOUNDER OF INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTEE VOICES (ICAV)

ABOUT LYNELLE LONG:

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Lynelle is the founder of ICAV, beginning in 1998. She is a Vietnamese adoptee residing in Australia (Sydney), was the Adoptee Representative on the National InterCountry Adoption Advisory Group (NICAAG) advising the former Australian Attorney General Department (AGD) who is Australia’s Central Authority for Intercountry Adoption, has built an extensive worldwide network amongst the intercountry adoptee community and provided one of the first platforms worldwide for intercountry adoptee led organisations and individuals to collaborate, share, and encourage one another, regardless of sending country.

ABOUT ICAV:

InterCountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV), previously known as ICASN (InterCountry Adoptee Support Network) began in 1998 in Sydney, Australia as a support network created by intercountry adoptees for intercountry adoptees, of any country of origin.

ICAV’s Mission is to educate, support, connect, collaborate, galvanise and give voice to intercountry adoptees from around the world. They envision a work in which existing intercountry adoptees are not isolated or ignored, but supported by community, government, organisations and family throughout their entire adoption journey, and a world in the future where intercountry adoption is rarely necessary.

ICAV OFFICIAL WEBSITE HERE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018 CCI'S GUEST SPEAKER CHAT WITH AMANDA SPARSO, CHINESE ADOPTEE AND DIRECTOR OF THE ANIMATED SHORT FILM YUANFEN

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Amanda Sparso is a CG artist working in the film and animation industry in NYC. She is best known for directing the CG Animated Short Film, Yuanfen. As an adoptee from Guangzhou, China, Amanda’s film tells a personal tale of adoption as seen through the eyes of a child.

Prior to beginning her career as a CG artist, Amanda heavily focused her training on ballet, piano, singing, and musical theater. She was given the opportunity to train pre-professionally with American Ballet Theater and Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and later went on to earn a coveted internship on Disney’s College Program.

Amanda recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Computer Animation. To view her work, visit: www.amandasparso.com

ABOUT THE FILM

A young orphan is guided on a journey through China to be united with her parents to be.

Yuanfen is a CG Animated short film directed by Amanda Sparso and produced at the School of Visual Arts. In hopes of shedding a positive light on adoption and raising more awareness for the issue, the film tells a heartwarming tale of adoption as seen through the eyes of a child.

AMANDA'S OFFICIAL SITE: HTTP://AMANDASPARSO.COM

YUANFEN'S OFFICIAL SITE: HTTP://YUANFENTHEMOVIE.TUMBLR.COM

CCI Adoptee Only Chat Featuring Jennifer Jue-Steuck

We're extremely honored to welcome Jennifer Jue - Steuck, founder of Chinese Adoptee Links, Global Generations, also known as CAL / G2. This is the pioneering, very first international organization for Chinese Adoptees, now run by volunteers on over four continents spanning the ages of 8 - 84!

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Date: November 19, 2015

CAL / G2 Blog: http://www.chineseadopteelinks.org

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ABOUT CAL / G2:

CAL is the first global group created by Chinese adoptees. Their blog showcases various guest writers' pieces and reflects the global community of Chinese adoptees.

Adoptee Only Chat with Kindred Adoption founders and Korean Adoptees Jenna Ushkowitz and Sam Futerman

Adoptee Only Chat with Kindred Adoption founders and Korean Adoptees Jenna Ushkowitz and Sam Futerman.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016 from 6-7 PM EST Over Google +

This month, CCI is honored to host a CCI Adoptee Only Chat featuring Jenna Ushkowitz and Sam Futerman, founders of Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption. They will be online to talk to members about their work with Kindred and the international adoptee community!

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KINDRED ADOPTION: http://www.kindredadoption.org

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Mission: Kindred’s initiative is to provide international and domestic adoptees and their families (both adoptive and biological) with services such as travel, translation, and support for those who wish to reunite; easily accessible hotlines; introduction to art and encouragement of artistic expression; and programs set in native countries to aid orphans living within the foster care and government systems. No matter how big or small the need, the foundation’s goal is to aid adoptees and their families in finding stability and happiness.

Official email: info@kindredadoption.org

CCI Adoptee Only Live Chat Feat. Kira Omans

China’s Children International’s Adoptee Only Chat Featuring Chinese Adoptee actor and Model and the reigning 2015 Pacific Miss Asian American, Kira Omans.

Kira's website: http://www.kiraomans.com/

As part of CCI's Adoptee Only Chats, we have initiated a Guest Speakers project to invite influential figures in the Adoption Community to speak about their inspiring work. Each month, we host a live-streamed video chat over Google+ and Youtube with a reserved amount of spots for our members to listen to our speakers’ stories and engage in productive dialogue; we then share the video with our entire community.

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In this way, we hope to inspire further leadership and effective, productive dialogue within the International Adoptee Community. This month, we're extremely honored to welcome Chinese Adoptee, the reigning Pacific Miss Asian American, Kira Omans. She is the first adoptee and the youngest woman (at 20 years old) to hold this title.  As an actress, model, and spokesperson, Kira hopes to create a stronger presence for Asian Americans in the entertainment industry.  She believes that it is important for all people to see themselves represented in our media.

CCI Adoptee Only Guest Chat with Samantha Futerman from Twinsters!

China’s Children International’s Adoptee Only Chat Featuring Samantha Futerman, director of Twinsters!

Date: MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 2017 from 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST

Live stream through Google Hangouts #hangoutsonair

This month, CCI is honored to host a CCI Adoptee Only Chat featuring Sam Futerman,co- founder of Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption and director and star of the 2015 film Twinsters. She will be online to talk with members about her film and her work with Kindred Adoption!

Official Twinsters' website: http://twinstersmovie.com

Kindred Website: http://www.kindredadoption.org

CCI's website: http://www.chinaschildreninternational.org/

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As part of CCI's Adoptee Only Chats, we have initiated a Guest Speakers project to invite influential figures in the Adoption Community to speak about their inspiring work. Each month, we host a live-streamed video chat over Google+ and Youtube with a reserved amount of spots for our members to listen to our speakers’ stories and engage in productive dialogue; we then share the video with our entire community.

In this way, we hope to inspire further leadership and effective, productive dialogue within the International Adoptee Community. This month, we're extremely honored to welcomeSamantha Futerman, director of the 2015 documentary film Twinsters and Co-Founder of the international adoption non-profit Kindred.

From Twinsters' official website: In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. After discovering they were born on the same day in Busan, Korea and both put up for adoption, Anaïs reached out to Samantha via Facebook. In Twinsters, we follow Samantha and Anaïs’ journey into sisterhood, witnessing everything from their first meeting, to their first trip back to Korea where their separation took place.

Twinsters explores the meaning of family and connection through a story that would have been impossible just 10 years ago without the creation of YouTube and Facebook. http://twinstersmovie.com

Kindred is an international organization founded by Samantha Futerman and Jenna Ushkowitz that aims to provide international and domestic adoptees and their families (both adoptive and biological) with services such as travel, translation, and support for those who wish to reunite; easily accessible hotlines; introduction to art and encouragement of artistic expression; and programs set in native countries to aid orphans living within the foster care and government systems. http://www.kindredadoption.org

China's Children International Interviews Mike McDonald, host of The Rambler!

China's Children Interviews Mike McDonald, host of The Rambler!

Bio: Mike McDonald was born in Masan, Korea and adopted to New Jersey at 3 months old. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 with a joint degree in History-Political Science and attained a Master's Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management in 2011 from Webster University. He has been involved with the adoption community since he was a child, attending Holt Heritage Camp from 1994-2000, and returned as a camp counselor in 2003.

Mike was heavily involved with Also-Known-As in 2003, volunteering as a Youth Mentor and helped stand up the Teen Mentorship Program. From 2005-2007, he was a board member of AKA and co-directed the Youth Mentorship Program. After attending the IKAA Gathering in Seoul in 2007, he moved to Korea in 2008 and became an active member of GOA'L. Upon returning to New York, Mike started The Rambler Podcast where he interviews international and transracial adoptees after finding that there were few active podcasts featuring adoptees by adoptees and for adoptees. Mike is happy to be entering his second year helping lead the Teen Mentorship Program and first year on Also-Known-As' Advisory Board.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @TheRamblerADHD

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/therambleradhd

Podcasts can be found on iTunes, GooglePlay, Podbean, and Soundcloud

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-30-kira-omans/id1073467214?i=1000373864043&mt=2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ifrzrfn3tybmxongaj6bypbv3xm?t=The_Rambler

Podbean:

http://therambleradhd.podbean.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/therambleradhd