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Happy Fall from AFAAD!

Welcome to AFAAD eNewsletter

Happy Fall Everyone!

Over here at AFAAD we are busy as usual. This past summer a collective of AFAAD members presented at the United States Social Forum. Check out Minnesota chapter co-founder Shannon Gibney’s report back from the Forum and to learn about the increasing focus on the system of adoption as a global social justice issue.

We are not fighting a losing battle when it comes to adoption reform. Instead of removal that feeds the economics of the adoption system, people are coming up with innovative ideas that focus on support for families. People are paying attention! We wanted to draw your attention to an article by reporter Peter Heinlein entitled, “Pilot Project Helps Ethiopian Orphans Avoid Overseas Adoption” that focuses on a new project which supports Ethiopian children to stay in Ethiopia. We hope that other organizations with the capacity for developing programs like these recognize that adoption is not the only possibility for children in impoverished conditions. (Link is below)

Don’t forget we’ve got our 2010 AFAAD Annual (Mini) Gathering coming up on November 13th. This year’s Annual Gathering for Adoptees and Foster Care alumni is a one-day conference held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. We will be screening and discussing the film “Off and Running”, having a panel discussion that focuses on adoption and race, re-connecting with one another, and discussing AFAAD plans and projects for our upcoming year. For more information about the Mini-Gathering, be sure to visit the AFAAD website as all the information unfolds.

We are coming up on a season of Fall fundraising and we need your support. Can you believe AFAAD is almost 5 years old? We have done so much in our past years, offering support, services, and creating a solid foundation of global activism around adoptee and foster care alumni issues. We have had two successful Gatherings and have collaborated with multiple adoptee organizations and created partnerships that need funding to take us further. Our goal is to raise $5000.00 by December 2010 to support our Annual Gathering Fund and the costs of hiring staff and implementing a targeted Strategic Plan for AFAAD’s future. Please donate!

Finally, we ask you to consider volunteering for AFAAD. Our work could not be possible without the help of our caring, wonderful volunteers and we hope to build our volunteer base in the next year. Please contact afaadinfo@gmail.com for volunteer opportunities.

In Solidarity,

Lisa Marie Rollins
Founder & Director, AFAAD

In this Issue
Fall/Winter 2010 Calendar
AFAAD Bay Area

Oct 17th Film screening and discussion: For the Life of Me by Jean A.S. Strauss

Dec 4th Brunch 11-2pm: for details email lwalk@berkeley.edu

*All AFAAD events are open to adoptees and foster care alumni. Please join our member email list for full event details.

AFAAD Minnesota

For upcoming discussion groups or gatherings email Michelle Johnson at meeshahjaye@gmail.com for information and dates.

Other Adoptee and Foster related events

6th Biennial Adoption Conference: OPEN ARMS, OPEN MINDS: THE ETHICS OF ADOPTION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: October 14-16, 2010
Location: St. John’s University
Sponsors: St. John’s University, Montclair State University and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
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Boston Korean Adoptee Film Fest: Building Community, Building Bridges: A KoreanAdoption Film Festival.
Date: Weekend of Oct 30th:
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Adoption Connections Training Institute: OneWorld Neighborhood – ACTION 5th International Conference on Post Adoption Practice
Date: February 3-5, 2011
Location: Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, MA
Sponsors: The Center For Family Connections and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
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Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference: free conference open to public; includes discussions on adoption, foster care, and TRA issues
Date: Nov 5-6 2010
Location: DePaul University, Chicago IL
click for more information