The first in a series of programs on searching, with a focus on search angels, birth searches, and the difference between domestic and intercountry adoptees in finding their own truths.
Join Lynelle Long of Intercountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV) and Annette O’Connell of Adoptees United for an introduction to search, not only for US-born adoptees but also for intercountry adoptees. We’ll discuss as many questions that you have, plus a few that we have already:
- What should I know about the process even if I wanted to search?
- What are the differences between a domestic (US-based) search and one involving a specific country and intercountry adoption?
- What’s a Search Angel and how do I find one? What do they charge, or aren’t they supposed to be free?
- What is an intercountry adoptee birth search and what does it involve? Are there resources to help?
- What can DNA do for me and what are the limitations of it, especially across the globe?
- How do I handle cultural and language differences?
- What are the ethics of searching and what should I be careful about?
- Who makes contact with a possible birth relative and how should that be handled?
Join us on December 13, 2022, at 3pm Pacific/5pm Central/6pm Eastern. Global times are December 14, 2022, at 12:00am (Amsterdam); 4:30am (Mumbai) and 10:00am (Sydney). This event will be recorded, though we would still love to see you there.
If you require accommodations, such as ASL interpretation, please email Gregory Luce at [email protected].
Founder and Executive Director
Intercountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV)
Lynelle Long has been the founder and executive director of InterCountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV) since 1998. A Vietnamese adoptee residing in Sydney, Australia, she has built ICAV into an extensive worldwide network amongst the intercountry adoptee community, providing one of the first platforms worldwide for intercountry adoptee-led organizations and individuals to collaborate, share, and encourage one another, regardless of sending or adoptive country.
Adoptees United Inc.
Annette O’Connell is a New York born adoptee and Adoptees United board member. She has been active in the adoptee rights community since 2014, and is the spokesperson for the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition, which was instrumental in passing equal rights legislation in New York state in 2019. She is also a Search Angel and serves on the board of Bastard Nation
Gregory Luce, the Executive Director of Adoptees United, will moderate the discussion, which will be open for participation from attendees. The session will be recorded and released to those who register for the event.
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