CCI January 2019 Adoptee Only Guest Speaker Chat Featuring Katie Naftzger, LICSW

You can view her book on Amazon  here .

You can view her book on Amazon here.

ABOUT THE CHAT

For our first CCI Guest Speaker Chat of the year, CCI was honored to welcome Katie Naftzger. She spoke to CCI members on a Google Hangouts video-chat that will be live-streamed and saved to YouTube.

Ms. Naftzger is a psychotherapist, adoption-specialist, and the author of Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years. She is a Korean-adoptee who has been involved with KAAN (the Korean-American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network) Conference for many years. Join our discussion about social-work as an adoptee and her experience within the adoption community.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Adult adoptee and family therapist Katie Naftzger shares her personal and professional wisdom in this guide to help adoptive parents remain a calm parental influence in the midst of stormy and erratic teen behavior. This guide describes the essential skills you need to help your adopted teen confidently face the challenges of growing up and outlines four key goals for adoptive parents:

· To move from rescuing to responding

· To set adoption-sensitive limits and ground rules

· To have connecting conversations

· To help your teen envision their future

Parenting in the Eye of the Storm contains invaluable insights for adoptive parents and simple strategies you can use to prepare your adopted teen for the journey ahead and strengthen the family bond in the process. It provides answers, guidance and understanding - working as a road-map through the tempestuous teenage years. (Text Source: https://www.jkp.com/uk/parenting-in-the-eye-of-the-storm-1.html)

FROM THE BOOK

“In some ways you’re starting from scratch. When they were younger, it was about comfort and learning and structure. Now, it’s about preparing them for the future, for adult relationships and responsibilities, and staying connected for the long haul.” —– page 34

RELEVANT LINKS

Ms. Naftzger’s website: https://adoptiontherapyma.com 

Link to Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years on publisher’s site: https://www.jkp.com/uk/parenting-in-the-eye-of-the-storm-1.html 

Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Eye-Storm-Adoptive-Navigating/dp/1785927019

Thursday, November 29th, 2018 from 8:00 -8:30 PM EST with Grace Newton, Chinese adoptee and author of acclaimed blog, Red Thread Broken

November Guest Speaker Chat 2018

Featuring Grace N. from Red thread broken

WHEN: Thursday, November 29th, 2018 from 8:00 - 8:30 PM EST

Watch our chat live-streamed from Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 8:00 PM EST!

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ABOUT

The annual CCI November (Inter)national Adoption Awareness Month (#NAAM) Guest Chat is a special edition of our Adoptee Only Guest Speaker series and is held in honor of November (Inter)National Adoption Month. It hopes to amplify adoptee voices that critically and thoughtfully engage in challenging dominant adoption narratives, as well as to encourage others to think about the social, economic, and political conditions that underlie and perpetuate the international adoption system.

For our extra special CCI November Guest Chat, CCI was honored to welcome the amazing Grace Newton, Chinese adoptee and author of Red Thread Broken, a popular blog on transracial adoption.

GUEST BIO

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Grace Newton is a Chinese adoptee, writer, and speaker. Her writing has been featured in two anthologies, several blogs, and Gazillion Voices Magazine and introduces a nuanced look at adoption. Grace is a co-founder of her alma mater's Transracial/Transnational Adoptee Identity Collective and is on the Advisory Council for the Korean Adoptee and Adoptive Family Network (KAAN). Grace has spoken at several conferences including the Midwest Asian American Students' Union Conference, the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, and the KAAN Conference (3), on air with Public Radio International, as well as on local panels. Grace writes at redthreadbroken.wordpress.com.

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