Somewhere In Between
Aimed at giving a voice to people who have experienced living between worlds, not quite fitting into just one, and offering them a platform to express how those experiences have shaped their identity. Santana Dempsey, a professional actor and adoptee/mixed race advocate, is leading “Somewhere In Between”. She is most interested in the worlds of adoption, and the mixed race experience.
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I know Santana from her work and I’ve meet her at Mixed Remixed in Los Angles. She’s a Superstar! Passionate, intelligent and talented.
Please support her and her work.
“When you’re adopted, at some level, your story is defined by a person who did not want you. Not wanting you may have been defined by wanting the best for you — in fact, most of the time it is.” – …
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On a day when I felt like we were the worst example of family… a day when I hoped no one noticed us… she did. But she didn’t see what I assumed everyone was seeing. She didn’t think what I assumed everyone was thinking. She saw beauty and love a…
Kathryn Ma’s debut novel explores the inner world of an adopted Chinese teenage girl.
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We didn’t set out to transracially adopt. In fact, quite the opposite. When you apply for adoption they give you a form with boxes to check to indicate what you’re looking for. They give options such as age, gender, and even what disabilities or medical history you are willing to accept (such as depression or deafness). Of course, they also include race. This is no guarantee that this is the kid they will offer. Their goal is to find a child as close to what you want as they can. They’re not interested in just dumping children on people. But you also have to understand that the more restrictive your options the longer a placement will take.
Many people feel the need to write about the “black experience” in America and how challenging that can be. The “white experience” is already touched upon in history textbooks and most all of pop culture. But an uncommon topic to hear about is the “biracial experience”. I
I was reading through a public site on transracial adoption about a middle school aged adopted child and it made me realize yet again how many layers of complexity transracial adoption brings to our lives, and especially to the lives of adopted children.There is a saying that when…
“They saw poor people, Indians. My grandmother was a sheepherder, living on an Indian reservation without electricity,” Morrill said. “My relatives couldn’t speak English, so they said— ‘we don’t know if these people are your relatives or not, so we are going to take you.’”Leland was immediately removed from his home and placed with an adoptive couple looking for Native American children to foster and adopt. The day after he was adopted, the family moved to Ontario, Canada, severing all ties Leland had to his biological, Native American family.Not uncommon for the times, before 1978, when Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act, a very high number of Indian children were removed from their homes by public and private agencies and placed in non-Indian foster and adoptive homes or institutions….“From a human trafficking point of view, I was trafficked,” said Morrill. …“They trained us within the Mormon ideology; they thought they were saving us. They thought they were doing the right thing, and from that perspective they were good people. But from a Native American perspective—they were not.”
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In keeping with an atmosphere of education and encouragement, Mixed Race Radio is hosting a discussion on the term, “Gotchya Day.” I originally saw this term in a discussion in a LinkedIn group headed by adoption professionals and saw that, based on the shared comments and dialogue, this was a topic that had many people siding on two very different extremes.
Please join us as we speak with people who share a professional or personal connection and opinion about the controversial subject of “Gotchya Day.”
We look forward to clarifying perceptions and prejudices and gaining insight on how the use of this term hinders or helps children and families connected through foster care or adoption.