Families with Children from China New England

FCCNE EVENT: Letting Her Go: Birth Parent Search and Reunions in China

  • 19 Oct 2014
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Newton, MA (Directions given upon confirmation)
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  • This event is for parents only - you must be pre-registered to attend.

Please note: you must complete pre-paid on-line registration to attend this workshop.
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You must be an FCCNE member to participate in this workshop. All registrations must be completed in advance. Please note that we are only able to accept on-line payments.

FCCNE presents an educational member workshop for parents
Letting Her Go: Birth Parent Search and Reunions in China

with researchers Dr. Iris Chin Ponte and Dr. Leslie Wang

Have people really found their birth parents in China? Should I search on behalf of my child? What is the birth parent search process like? What is a birth parent reunion like?

These are some questions that adoptive families from China are beginning to ask. This workshop is a special opportunity to learn from the first study to investigate the new trend of birthparent search among children adopted from China. The research includes in-depth interviews with adopted children and adoptive parents from seven Western families who searched for and reunited with Chinese birth parents. Find out about their decision to search and the methods used; the initial reunion; the development of bonds between adoptive and birth families; and post-reunion views of searching. Learn from the experiences of research participants, who all were glad to have searched but felt unprepared for the emotional and logistical realities of establishing long-term relationships with children's Chinese relatives.

Important note: This member workshop is for parents; we are planning a future program on this topic for teens. You must be a member of FCCNE and complete advance paid on-line registration to attend.

Dr. Iris Chin Ponte is President of Ponte and Chau Consulting Inc. and Director of the Henry Frost Children's Program Inc. She has extensive expertise in cross-cultural issues in education and adoption from China and is a board member of FCCNE.

Dr. Leslie Wang is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UMass Boston; her research focuses on transnational issues of gender and family that connect mainland China with the industrialized world. Currently she is working on Reversal of Fortune: Orphanage Care in Globalizing China, a book on the care and welfare of abandoned youth residing on the margins of the world’s fastest growing economy.

If you are renewing or joining as an FCCNE member, thank you! Your membership will need to be approved before you can register for the program.

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