Families with Children from China New England

What do we know about Birthparent Search and Reunion in China? an FCCNE discussion for older adoptees

  • 25 Oct 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Cambridge, MA (Porter Square area)
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  • Please note this program is for Chinese adoptees who are 12 or older only.

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A special FCCNE discussion for older adoptees: What do we know about birth parent search & reunion in China?

For adoptees only (teens and older adoptees)
Sunday, October 25, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (location details given upon registration confirmation) Accessible by MBTA to Porter Square

At some point every adoptee has questions about their birth parents. In recent years, several Chinese adoptees have found and met their birth families. This is a special opportunity for adoptees to find out about those who have experienced birth parent search and reunions in China, to ask questions and to consider their own opinions and feelings on this very complex topic.  

You will hear from from Dr. Iris Chin Ponte and Dr. Leslie Wang about their in-depth ground breaking research into the experiences of seven adopted children (and their adoptive families) who have found their birth parents in China. Family therapist and adoption specialist Katie Naftzger, LICSW, who is a Korean-born transracial adoptee, will help to put this into a larger perspective. 

Frequently asked Questions:

Is it okay to attend if I have no desire to search for my own birth parents? Yes, absolutely! It is natural to be curious about adoptees who have found their birth families.

Will this session share ways to search? No, though we will share what the seven adoptees and/or their families in the research did.

Can parents attend? No, this session is only for adoptees from China who are 12 or older, in response to numerous requests. We did a special workshop for parents only last year with Dr. Iris Chin Ponte and Dr. Leslie Wang on this topic; you can access their research directly here.

Do you have any materials for adoptive parents about discussing birth parents with our children? You may find this article helpful: Embrace discussion about birth parents with your adopted kids

About our presenters:

Katie Jae Naftzger, LICSW, specializes in seeing families and adults who are touched by adoption and consults about race and adoption in schools and other organizations. Her ongoing experiences as a Korean-born transracial adoptee help to inform and deepen her work.

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 engages with transnational issues of gender and family that link China and the United States.

Questions? Please contact EmilyC ( at ) fccne.org

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