A conversation about how religion and faith have shaped three adoptees, and how it may—or may not— continue to impact their lives and thoughts on adoption today.
Religion and adoption have often been intertwined and connected, not only as part of the ideology of adoption but also how it specifically shapes the development of adopted people within their families and communities. As adults, though, what role does religion and faith play in your life—today and in the past—and how has the intersection of faith and adoption impacted your life and your overall thoughts on adoption itself?
Join us on March 17, 2022, at 4pm Pacific/6pm Central/7pm Eastern as AU Board Member Chelsey Wright leads a discussion about faith, religion, and adoption. She’ll be joined by Kym Rangitsch and Tiffany Henness, two intercountry adoptees who will discuss religion within their lives, both in family and as adopted people.
Join us for this important event on March 17, 2022.
Transracial Adoption Educator
Be the Bridge
Tiffany Henness is a Transracial Adoption Educator with Be the Bridge, a racial literacy non-profit. She also serves on her city’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee and seeks to support adoptee creatives through the Adoptee Influencer Network. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two sons and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Moxie.Tiffany works with the racial literacy non-profit, Be the Bridge, as a Transracial Adoption Educator and Marketing Coordinator. In her role as an educator, she has moderated LIVE Panel Discussions and webinars on transracial adoption, multiracial identity development, and anti-racism.
Kym Rangitsch is a South Korea born adoptee. After her initial intercountry adoption, she experienced both interfamily displacement and adoption to an unrelated family. As an active member of the LDS/Mormon faith for over twenty years, she served a full-time Mormon mission. Kym is no longer affiliated with any religious organization. She’s devoted the last decade to being a single mom. In her spare time, she’s returned to college, helped raise money for a local shelter, and run in races—such as the Las Vegas half-marathon. Still dramatically impacted by her adoption story, she is eager to get the Adoptee Citizenship Act passed.
Chelsey Wright (they/them)
Adoptees United Board Member
Chelsey Wright is a South Korean born adoptee. They currently oversee the operations at Movement Law Lab and previously ran operations for a Washington State non-profit supporting advocacy work in the gun violence prevention space. Outside of advocating for Adoptee Rights, they can be found advocating for LGBTQ+ issues and supporting the work of Luminous Minds Project.