Forever Families Through Adoption

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Adoption: Everything You Need to Know @ Portchester - Rye Brook Library

April 17th, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This free event is open to anyone interested in or involved with the adoption process, including professionals, community members, expectant parents, adoptive or potential adoptive parents, and adoptees. Come learn about the domestic adoption process and meet the staff of FFTA. FFTA is authorized in CT and NY.

Location:
One Haseco Avenue
Port Chester, New York 10573
(914) 939-6710
www.portchester-ryebrooklibrary.org

"Colorblind; Color doesn't matter??" Transracial workshop at ANW in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Come see Award Winning Speaker - Rhonda Mae Roorda and learn from The Goldstein's and other professionals.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 | 4:30PM - 11:00 PM

We are extremely proud to let you know that Rhonda Mae Roorda will be flying in from the USA to speak at A New Way's event on transracial adoption on June the 8th 2017 in Nijmegen.

About Rhonda

Rhonda MaeRhonda was adopted at the age of two into a white American family with Dutch heritage. She was raised with her two non-adopted siblings in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

She is an Author & International Speaker on Transracial Adoption and a recipient of the Judge John P. Steketee Adoption Hero Award from the Adoptive Family Support Network (MI) a recipient of the 2017 Friend of Children and Youth Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) for her work with children and families.

Rhonda’s latest book, In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption was named by Choice magazine as a 2016 Outstanding Academic Title. With the late Dr. Rita J. Simon, she coauthored a landmark trilogy of books on Transracial Adoption (In Their Own Voices, In Their Parents’ Voices, and In Their Siblings’ Voices). Rhonda's work is highly regarded in academia, among adoption agencies and corporations, in Hollywood, and in households in the United States and abroad. Rhonda earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunications from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication-Urban Studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Rhonda works as a fund administrator at an educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan.

We suggest you ordering and reading Rhonda’s 3 books. You can order your copy through Dekker van der Vegt in Nijmegen. Please sent an email to info@dekkervdvegt.nl. Bring your copy to the event and Rhonda will be more then happy to sign them!

About the event

We often hear “color doesn’t matter to us”, or words of similar meaning. However, interracial parenting is a subject that deserves awareness in the adoption community. Even when color and racial background do not matter to adoptive parents or the adoptive family, it does play a role in the lives of the adopted children. It also plays a role in how the outside world looks at families, how the outside world could look at these adopted children now and in the future, the comments he or she could get, and the (possible) types of racism we so much like to protect them from.

How do you deal with this within the family, or more specifically, how do you deal with this as a CAUCASIAN adoptive parent? Does your child feel comfortable enough to discuss this with you, knowing that “it doesn’t matter to you”? How do you bring you child in contact with this part of his or her self? For many adoptive parents and adopted children it’s a search. Reality has taught us that it’s not always an easy subject to discuss within the family or with the social environment.

Therefore, ANW has organized the Theme Class "Colorblind; color doesn’t matter...!?" And we do not take this on lightly.

We have a fantastic, inspiring, surprising and international line up of speakers. With their knowledge, personal experience and professional background they can shed light on this theme in a positive manner and provide you with more knowledge and tools for now and the future!

The class is meant for prospective adoptive families, adoptive families, their relatives, friends and their children (from the age of 12, provided that their parents think that they are ready to participate in such a class), but it’s also a very interesting class for everyone who is interested professionally or personally in interracial adoption and parenting.

The class fee is EUR 50 per person age 18 and older. If adoptive families want to bring their friends or family that are not part of the adoption community the fee is 25 euro’s (provided that the prospective adoptive family or the adoptive family attends the event).The class fee is EUR 20 per person under the age of 18. This fee also includes soup, bread and beverages. (Please note: beverages after the class are not included).

Please note: the class will take place partially in Dutch and partially in English!
Please register as soon as possible, because only 150 people can participate. Send an email to info@anewway.nl

Until May the 14th, registration priority will apply for prospective adoptive parents and adoptive families with American adopted children. Next, the open seats shall be filled based on the moment of registration.

USA-Dutch Family Fun ANW Picknick Day - visit with Joy & Michael Goldstein and other Dutch families who have adopted from the USA.

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 | 10:00 AM

Op zaterdag 10 juni 2017 vindt van 10.00 uur-zo lang je wilt de USA Family Fun Picnic plaats in Speeltuin De Leemkuil (Luciaweg 2 te Nijmegen). Deze Family Picnic is voor iedereen die uit de USA geadopteerd heeft (ook als dat niet via ANW is gegaan) en voor AAO's die willen gaan adopteren uit de USA.

  • Op veler verzoek beginnen we al om 10.00 uur als de speeltuin open gaat. Omdat het een openbare gemeentelijke locatie is kunnen we geen plaats reserveren MAAR als we op tijd zijn kunnen we hem wel innemen.
  • Bo en Sanne zijn er om 9.45 en we zouden het erg fijn vinden als er wat ouders zijn om te helpen met wat slingers en ballonnen ophangen. Laat je ons even weten of je op 10 uur kunt helpen?
  • De dag duurt tot zo lang je wilt (en de kinderen het volhouden). De speeltuin is tot 18 uur open.
  • Entree kost 4,45 vanaf 3 jaar (tot 3 jaar is het gratis). Dit kan je gewoon zelf betalen.
  • Eten en drinken kun jezelf mee nemen evenals een picknick kleed of als je wilt een lekkere luie stoel.
  • Het is bring & share dus leuk als jullie de picknick lunch delen!
  • Er zijn ook water werkjes dus denk aan zwemkleding, een handdoek en droge kleren voor je kids
  • Patricia van der Burgt is beschikbaar voor vragen over alle zaken die je in de opvoeding bezig houden.
  • Hou de ANW FB en de mail in de gaten want als het weer echt heel erg slecht is gaat de dag niet door. Dat zou super jammer zijn maar met z'n allen in de regen is ook no fun en dat past niet bij de The USA Family Fun Picknick Day!

Adoption: Everything You Need to Know @ HYATT House White Plains

June 20th, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This free event is open to anyone interested in or involved with the adoption process, including professionals, community members, expectant parents, adoptive or potential adoptive parents, and adoptees. Come learn about the domestic adoption process and meet the staff of FFTA. FFTA is authorized in CT and NY.

Location:
HYATT House White Plains
(Formerly Hyatt Summerfield Suites)
Gathering Room 1 & 2
101 Corporate Park Drive
White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 251-9700
www.hyatthousewhiteplains.com

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"Colorblind; Color doesn't matter??" Transracial workshop at ANW in Nijmegen, The Netherlands

We are extremely proud to let you know that Rhonda Mae Roorda will be flying in from the USA to speak at A New Way's event on transracial adoption on June the 8th 2017 in Nijmegen.

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