Families with Children from China New England

FCCNE event - China Tugs: Children Return Seeking Pieces of Their Life Story

  • 14 Nov 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wide Horizons for Children 375 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA
  • 45


  • This event is free but pre-registration is requested as space is limited.

Registration is closed

Don't miss this special FCCNE event!

Join in conversation with two moms to learn from families who brought their adopted children to China to explore their roots. Their journeys were not in search of a birth family. They offered them cross-cultural experiences that deepened understanding of what their lives might have been like if they been raised there. Each mom wrote a book about the journeys, and they will share these experiences at this event. Books will be available for purchase.

Awakening East: Returning to China with Our Adopted Children

A few years after adopting her son and daughter from China, Johanna Garton and her husband took them back to the land of their birth – leaving the only lives she and her family knew for the adventure of a lifetime.

Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods

Abandoned as newborns in China, adopted by American parents, Jennie and Maya return as teens to where their lives began. Girls who grew up there teach them about life as a rural Chinese daughter.

Melissa Ludtke is the creator and producer of the transmedia book Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods. She served on the FCC-New England board for 14 years and as editor of the FCC journal, China Connection. Her daughter, Maya, was nine months old when Melissa adopted her in Changzhou, China; she is now a sophomore at Wellesley College.

Johanna Garton is an attorney, teacher, mother and author of the book Awakening East: Moving Our Adopted Children Back to China.  She speaks frequently on the topic of homeland visits for adoptees.  Johanna lives in Denver and travels to Boston as often as her body allows to run the Boston Marathon.

Presented with Wide Horizons for Children.

This is a free event but space is limited and registration is requested. Thank you!

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