Transracial Adoption from one black girl’s perspective



I’ll be in AZ April 5th, 7pm at Black Theatre Troupe!

I'll be in AZ April 5th, 7pm at Black Theatre Troupe!

News and tickets to Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival March 29th!

Check out my March 2014 newsletter with all my updated information about upcoming performances and workshops for the next few months. Lots of good workshops for parenting and performances, readings coming up!! yay!

I’m excited to share that I’ll be performing an excerpt of “Ungrateful Daughter” in the 2014 Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival. Please come and please share with the folks you know in the area. This is my first time performing the work in the LA Area and I want to make sure my people come to see it!

Description of and trailer for the show

When: Saturday March 29th, 3pm

Where: Electric Lodge – 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA90291

Tickets: $22.00 – scroll down to MARCH 29th “Mirrored Reflections”

TICKETS ON SALE for NYC Premiere Aug 10-23

NYC – I’m coming for YOU!! – Here’s the information about the NYC show.




Fri 8/10 @ 8:30 pm

Sun 8/12 @ 7pm

Wed 8/15 @ 8:30

Fri 8/17 @ 4:00pm

Sun 8/19 @ 2:15pm

Thu 8/23 @ 5:00pm



VENUE #6: The White Box at 440 Studios

CFP – Journal of Korean Adoption Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS – Journal of Korean Adoption Studies

This is a call for papers for the second issue of the newly established Journal of Korean Adoption Studies. The theme of the second issue is alienation. We invite you to submit scholarly papers and creative work related to Korean adoption studies.

Journal of Korean Adoption Studies is dedicated to all aspects of international adoption from Korea. The peer-reviewed journal welcomes academic essays, testimonies of adoption, illustrations and reviews of new publications or releases related to Korean adoption studies.

Journal of Korean Adoption Studies is a bi-annual journal published in English and Korean by Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.’L), Seoul, Korea. Editor: Kim Su Rasmussen, Ph.D. in History of Ideas, Seoul National University.

For more info and to submit a paper, visit:

Twitter Brownie Haiku Contest

Deadline Sunday May 24th!

i was makin brownies last night, decided I wanted to hear from you all about your love of chocolate brownies! Please submit a crafted haiku!

Winner will receive a care package of my brownies and recognition here at the Birth Project!

Submit the haiku to me at with the hashtag #browniehaiku
or leave it as a comment here below!

good luck!

here’s my inspiration to you:

fudgy squares taunt me
a chocolate carnage dare
sweet empty fingers

Dissertating on the Farm in WA


1st Annual AFAAD Gathering! Please share!

November 7-9, 2008

1st Annual Gathering for Adoptees and Foster Care Alums of African Descent:

Healing Ourselves, Making Connections

For Complete information Click here!

Announcing the 1st annual gathering of adoptees (transracial/international and same race) and foster care alums of African descent in Oakland, California, November 7-9, 2008.

AFAAD (Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora) was formed specifically to support adopted and fostered people, to share our common and divergent experiences around race, adoption, joy, loss, family, search and reunion, and self identity and to celebrate our unique creativity, stories and community. AFAAD’s First Annual Gathering, Healing Ourselves, Making Connections is designed with you mind.

The purpose of this historic gathering will be to make connections, network, provide healing space, and to celebrate the diversity of our amazing diaspora of transracial, international, domestic adoptees and foster care alums. AFAAD uses “Black” in the widest diasporic sense, which includes African, African American, bi-racial and multi heritage, Afroasian and Afrolatino peoples. Healing Ourselves, Making Connections is the first of its kind for Black adoptees and foster adults and we know it will make a huge contribution to the conversations about adoption, race, social welfare and African diasporic identity – not to mention just bringing all of us together in one space is going to be amazing! It is time to share our stories with one another, rather than always teaching other people. We will also take some time for the strategic planning for the long-term goals of AFAAD as a social justice and community support organization.


AFAAD’s 2008 Gathering is being hosted by the lovely Washington Inn, at 495 10th Street, Oakland CA a luxury boutique hotel ideally situated at the center of downtown Oakland, CA, close to all forms of public transportation. See for more information, or call 510.452.1776. Individuals visiting the Bay Area must make their own hotel reservations separately from AFAAD Gathering registration.

Laptop Grants for At Risk Youth

Laptop Grants for At Risk Youth
This program provides free refurbished laptops to selected college bound foster care youth and other youth under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court system. This program is a partnership between City Youth Now, Redemtech, TechConnect Digital Inclusion Initiative and Independent Living Skills Program . This program is made possible through a generous grant from the John Burton Foundation and contributions from Microsoft Corporation.

City Youth Now is currently accepting grant applications through mid-August and will make approximately 50 grants. Applications must be submitted on behalf of the youth by a social worker, probation officer, CASA, attorney, or other adult authorized by the Juvenile Court to provide services to youth. City Youth Now is selecting the recipients with input from the Independent Living Services Program and Juvenile Justice. CYN does NOT accept requests directly from youth or their caregivers.

The youth will be required to attend a full day computer training workshop to receive their laptop.

For more information about the program, visit:

For the application form and eligibility requirements, visit

Thank you,
Emy Tseng

Project Director, Digital Inclusion Programs
Department of Telecommunications and Information Services
City and County of San Francisco

Kenyan Mother and Son

Check this brief article in the SF Chronicle examining the confusion between adoption and abduction.


How child traffickers are exploiting the poor and unsuspecting

Adoption reforms too late to reunite Kenyan mom, son

Katharine Houreld, Associated Press

(03-02) 04:00 PST Mombasa, Kenya –

The offer of a foreign education for her beloved youngest son seemed like a dream come true for Elizabeth Rioba. But the Kenyan mother says a family member tricked her into signing adoption papers, and now it’s been five years since she’s seen her boy.

The Polish couple that adopted 4-year-old Abednego and renamed him Mikolaj says the procedure was fully legal, took six months and involved Polish diplomats who spoke with the birth parents. Rioba acknowledges she signed papers, but says she did not understand them.

Child protection experts say such tragic misunderstandings are common in a part of the world where adoption is a foreign concept. Criminals can exploit the gap between wealthy Westerners who genuinely want to help and poor Africans who want to do the best they can for their children. 

Read the rest here. 

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