"WE The Experts:
Virtual Adoptee Speaker Series”

"We The Experts" Series brings adult adoptees and their loved ones together to share personal experiences with the intention to discuss best practices, tangible tools, to connect among peers and to engage in learning with other adoptees.

“We The Experts” monthly virtual events will offer a presentation or panel discussion and an array of resources focused on the topic of the event. 

Bringing a Non-Adoptee Support Person?

AWESOME!!! Please note they will be asked to sign a Non-Adoptee Waiver (a statement of understanding) “I understand I am a guest to this Adoptee-Centered space and my primary intention is to listen and learn.”

Cover charge is $10. (No one is turned away due to financial hardship. Please email astrid@adoptionmosaic.com or call 971.533.1231 for more information on scholarships.)

Important info for all WTE locations and events:

  • Fee is $10, and helps to cover paying the panelists for their time and to our adoptee community in need of scholarships
  • This is NOT an adoptee exclusive space 
  • If you are interested in participating on a panel please fill out the following form 

To register, select the appropriate month below.

Upcoming: We The Experts - Virtual Adoptee Speaker Series

December 2020

Adoptees and Religion

When: Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm PST

Theme: This conversation will include a discussion of religion in our: adoptive families, birth families, birth countries, and what happens when our worlds are not in line with each other, religiously speaking.

You must REGISTER to receive the link to ZOOM. Cover charge is $10 – No adoptee is turned away due to financial hardship. Please email astrid@adoptionmosaic.com or call 971.533.1231 for more information on scholarships.

January 2021

When: Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm PST

Theme: Stay tuned for the description

Past: We The Experts - Adoptee Speaker Series

Did you miss out? You can now purchase previously recorded events (beginning with April 2020). 

November 2020

Adoptees and Therapy

When: Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm PST

Theme: November is Adoption Awareness Month and this month we are highlighting adoptees who have chosen a career of supporting our adoptee community. 

September 2020

Adoptees, Mental Health and Suicide Awareness:
Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Stigma

When: Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm PST

Theme: Adoptees, Mental Health and Suicide Awareness: Break the Silence, Break the Stigma. Research indicates that Adoptees are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than that of the non-adopted community. This panel will focus on bringing a taboo topic out into the open. It’s time adoptee mental illness and suicide stop being swept under the rug. We are in this together!

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August 2020

LGBTQ+ and Adoptee Identity

Date: August 8, 2020

Theme: Amplifying the voices and experiences of the Adoptee/LGBTQ+ community. We will be discussing:

  • Intersectional Identity
  • Sexual orientation impacting coming out of the fog
  • Dating/Adoption and sexual identity
  • Coming out to Adoptive Families
  • Sexual orientation impacting adoptees engaging in reunion
  • … and much more.

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July 2020

Adoptees and the Pros & Cons to DNA testing

Date: July 11, 2020

Theme: Adoptee Liberation or Exploitation: Pros & Cons of DNA Testing

Many of us adoptees are lacking information regarding our origins. In this age of developing technology, most of us have access to DNA information as well as potentially finding relatives via genetic testing, however does that mean we should? The decision to complete a DNA test has many layers and complexities. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of DNA testing.
  • Why aren’t we talking about the racial inequity in gathering DNA data?
  • What happens when the DNA data is different from one brand to another?
  • How have adoptees benefited from DNA testing?
  • How are the DNA companies exploiting the information we are providing them?
  • Do adoptive parents have a right to access information on the adoptees behalf?

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june 2020

Adoptees and Our Relationships with Fathers

Date: June 13, 2020

Theme: ADOPTEES and OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH FATHERS.
With Father’s Day right around the corner, we are focusing this month on the relationships we have in our lives with fathers. This portion of the adoptee experience often goes unacknowledged and rarely discussed. In this powerful panel we will be diving into several different adoptee experiences with the fathers in our lives (birth fathers, adoptive fathers, foster fathers, men in our lives who have played the role of father). Join me as four male adoptees share their experiences as to how adoption and their relationship to fathers/fatherhood has shaped who they are today.

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May 2020

Adoptees Who Are Also 1st/Birth Mothers

Date: May 9, 2020

Theme: ADOPTEES and MOTHER’S DAY. For many adoptees Mother’s day has always been a day focused on our adoptive mothers or women who have played an important role in our up bringing but not our birth/first mothers. In this powerful discussion we will be discussing the meaning of Mother’s Day with 3 adoptees panelists who have also placed a baby for adoption.

~ How did you celebrated Mother’s Day growing up?
~ Did you think about your birth/first mother on Mother’s Day growing up?
~ What would it have meant to you if you had been given space, as a child, to also celebrate your first/birth mother?
~ How did placing your child for adoption affected your ideas what Mother’s Day meant for you?
 

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April 2020

Adoptees and Parenting (or choosing not to)

Date: April 11, 2020

Theme: ADOPTEES and PARENTING (or deciding NOT to parent)

How does our experience of being adoptees affect our parenting or our decision to even become parents? As panelist we bring a variety of experiences which include (not limited to):
~ how adoptees talk with their children about their OWN adoption
~ deciding not to parent as a result of their adoptee experience
~ how adoption affects an adoptees attachment with their children
~ being both an adoptee AND an adoptive parent
~ being transracially adopted and trying to navigate how to talk about race with same race or mixed race children
~ adoptees who returned to their birth countries with their children
~ how/if adoptee’s non~adoptee children identify as members of the adoption constellation
 

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March 2020

“Funny You Don’t Look Irish” Transracial Adoptees & Identity

Date: March 11, 2020 (Portland, OR)

Theme: “You don’t look like an O’Conner”
March’s theme – Identity and Belonging. Because every adoption is a Transcultural Adoption, whether you are transracially adopted or not, so many of us adoptees have asked the questions:

~ How would it have been if I had grown up with people who looked like me?
~ If I looked like my family would I fit in more?
~ How does race and racism play out in my adoption?

February 2020

Adoptees and Our Romantic Relationships

Locations/Date: Portland, OR (02/12/20) Seattle, WA (02/08/20), Denver, CO (02/28/20)

Theme: Dating, partnering, marrying or deciding to stay single: HOW does being adopted play-out in your decisions with romantic relationships? What do/did you look for in a partner? When do you tell a potential partner you are adopted? Have/do you date adoptees? If you’re a transracial adoptee, do/did you have racial preferences in terms of dating? If you are self-partnered (a conscious decision to not be in a romantic relationship) what role does your adoption have if any in this decision? If you are partnered please consider inviting your significant other to this event.