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FCC RACE FORUM SERIES - Parent-to-Parent: Learning from Adoptee Parents

  • 06/29/2021
  • 7:30 PM
  • via Zoom


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Learning about Race-conscious Parenting

from Asian Adoptee Parents

Tuesday June 29, 2020
7:30 to 9:00 pm

Time is short, so

 (The event is free, but you must register to receive the Zoom link.)

How has the experience of transracial adoption prepared adoptees to parent, and how has it colored their experience? What can all of us learn from their journeys?
Join us for a session with Asian adoptees who are parents as they reflect about raising Asian American youth to embrace their identities and to stand up to racism. Psychologist, adoptee, and adoptive parent Dr. Amanda Baden will moderate a program with Heidi Wiste, Korean adoptee parent and director of Foster Care Adoption at Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. 

We hope to see you there!



AMANDA L. BADEN, PhD, is a professor in the graduate Counseling and Education Leadership Program at Montclair State University and a licensed psychologist in New York City. She focuses her research and clinical practice on adoption triad members, transracial/international adoption issues, racial and cultural identity, and multicultural counseling competence. Amanda’s contributions to adoption scholarship include the creation of the Cultural Racial Identity Model, a model of identity for transracial and international adoptees. She is co-editor of The Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families. Amanda served as a Senior Fellow for the Donaldson Adoption Institute, an independent adoption research and policy organization. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the Rudd Adoption Research Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is a transracial adoptee and an adoptive parent.

HEIDI WISTE is Senior Director of Adoption at Children’s Home & LSS, which focuses services on the permanency journey for waiting children in Minnesota and around the world. For over 20 years, Heidi has been committed to Children’s Home, where she has provided direct service to children in foster care, prospective adoptive and foster families, and provided Post Adoption Services. Heidi has conducted therapy with individuals and adoptive families in a clinical setting and has served in a management role overseeing various adoption services since 2011. She received a BA from Skidmore College and an MA from New York University. Heidi has continued to enhance her skills and completed the Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program (2009, University of Minnesota), Certificate Program in Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (2019, Child Trauma Academy), and the Executive Leadership in the Not-for-Profit Sector (2020, New York University.) In addition to her professional experience, Heidi brings lived experience as an adoptee from Korea through Children’s Home. 


Chinese Adoptee Alliance
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting Chinese adoptees and allies.
"C double A", formerly FCCNY.

PO Box 21670
2300 18th St NW Lobby
Washington, DC 20009 

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