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Saturday, February 4: The Best of Transracial Adoption Workshop Features Author Rhonda M. Roorda

December 27, 2011

Rhonda M. Roorda, M.A., will share insights gleaned from both personal experience and extensive research into the lives of transracial adoptees at Celebrate Adoption's annual Transracial/Transcultural Workshop on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The workshop is entitled “The Best of Transracial Adoption: The Long-Term and Inclusive Vision.”

Rhonda M. Roorda, M.A., will share insights gleaned from both personal experience and extensive research into the lives of transracial adoptees at Celebrate Adoption's annual Transracial/Transcultural Workshop on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The workshop is entitled “The Best of Transracial Adoption: The Long-Term and Inclusive Vision.”

Saturday, February 4: The Best of Transracial Adoption Workshop Features Author Rhonda M. Roorda

Open to the public, Rhonda Roorda—co-author of the “Trilogy of Transracial Adoption”—shares insights into the many layers of adopting across racial and cultural boundaries as it impacts both children and their families.

CINCINNATI (December 14, 2011) — In a two-hour presentation, author Rhonda M. Roorda, M.A., will share insights gleaned from both personal experience and extensive research into the lives of transracial adoptees. Held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the workshop is entitled “The Best of Transracial Adoption: The Long-Term and Inclusive Vision” and will include an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Presented by Celebrate Adoption, a Cincinnati-area network of families touched by adoption, the event will be located in the Mayerson Jewish Community Center, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236.

Roorda, African American, was raised as the only adopted child in a Caucasian family with two other siblings in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Additionally, she co-authored (with Rita J. Simon) the three seminal books on transracial adoption. The groundbreaking Trilogy of Transracial Adoption represents the first and only books of their kind, and feature extensive interviews and reflections from white adoptive parents of black and bi-racial children, as well as the insights from non-adopted siblings and the adoptees themselves. Included are:

• In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories
• In Their Parents’ Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees
• In Their Siblings’ Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experiences Living with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters.

“Research released from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (www.adoptioninstitute.org) in November 2009 clearly shows the importance of taking a proactive approach in continually discussing race, culture and identity in families who have chosen transracial and/or transcultural adoption," says Patty Bonem, LISW-S, Celebrate Adoption’s professional facilitator. “Rhonda’s presentation will give parents an insider’s perspective on how to help their children embrace their differences and rise above the challenges as they forge their unique identity.”

Roorda’s work is widely-recognized as a significant part of the available literature on adoption and has found an enthusiastic audience worldwide. A resident of Brighton, Michigan with her husband Floyd, Roorda focuses much of her personal time on mentoring fostered and adopted children as well as advocating for adoptive families. In 2010 she was awarded the Judge John P. Steketee Adoption Hero Award from the Adoptive Family Support Network in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“I have been changed in a good way by meeting families with transracially-adopted children,” Roorda notes. “It is an honor and a personal commitment of mine to be on this fascinating, lifelong journey with families who have also been touched by adoption as they discover and embrace the gifts and responsibilities of being a blended family.”

“It is an incredible honor for Celebrate Adoption to bring Rhonda here to speak about transracial adoption to the Greater Cincinnati community,” says Shannon Adkins, co-chair of Celebrate Adoption and chair of the organization’s annual Transracial/Transcultural Workshop. “I had the opportunity to hear her speak last year; she’s incredibly dynamic, down-to-earth, and extremely informative.”

At the conclusion of the presentation, signed copies of Roorda’s books will be available for purchase.

The event is Free for Celebrate Adoption Members. It is also open to the public at a cost of $15 for an individual or $25 for a couple. Advance registration is required by Thursday, February 2. It is open to adults only. Childcare is available at $2 per hour per child, but must be reserved no later than Friday, January 20.

To register, please submit each attendee’s name, phone number AND email address to Shannon Adkins, event chair: smadkins@cinci.rr.com. In case of bad weather, registrants are asked to provide a reliable way for Celebrate Adoption to reach them (phone and/or email) should we need to reschedule. For more event information, please contact Patty Bonem at (513) 218-5958.
 

Transracial Workshop featuring Rhonda Roorda, Author of the Trilogy of Transracial Adoption

Time: 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Date: Saturday, February 04, 2012
Location: Mayerson JCC 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (south, off of Ronald Reagan Highway)
Contact: smadkins@cinci.rr.com
or call 513-477-0999  
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On Saturday, February 4, 2012, Celebrate Adoption welcomes Rhonda M. Roorda, speaker for our annual transracial/transcultural workshop and co-author of the Trilogy of Transracial Adoption: In Their Parents' Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees In Their Own Voices:Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories; In Their Siblings' Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experiences Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters.

Rhonda M. Roorda
The Best of Transracial Adoption: The Long-Term and Inclusive Vision

Rhonda M. Roorda, M.A. is an author, speaker, and transracial adoptee.

She was raised as the only adopted child in a white family with two other siblings, an older brother and a younger sister, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Her journey in part has been one of discovery into her own self-identity through her faith in God and interactions with others; and by learning more about the many layers of transracial adoption impacting children and families.

She has co-authored three books with scholar Rita J. Simon on transracial adoption:

Rhonda is also the author of a chapter in the Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families. When time permits, Rhonda continues to touch lives through mentorship to foster care children and young adoptees, speaking engagements targeted to adoptive families, adoption agencies, support groups, and practitioners involved with adoption, and in an advisory capacity.

She currently works at an educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan. Rhonda lives near Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband. At the conclusion of her 1.5 hour presentation, Rhonda welcomes questions from the audience for an open discussion.

Signed copies of all three of Rhonda’s books will be available for purchase.

FREE to Celebrate Adoption Members  |  Non-members:$15 individual; $25 couple
Adults only, please. Childcare will be available, $2/child/hour with advance registration required.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Submit each attendee’s name, phone number, AND e-mail address VIA EMAIL to Shannon A., Event Chair, at smadkins@cinci.rr.com by Wednesday, February 1. In case of bad weather PLEASE provide a reliable way for us to reach you when registering.

Need more event info? Call Shannon A. at 513-477-0999 or Patty B. at 513-218-5958.

 

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