We ask that question in this week’s What Next podcast episode, featuring Shelise Gieseke. Give it a listen and check out the show notes, but we’re also putting that question to you. What could infinite money do for adoptee rights and adopted people generally? We’re listening.
Post your own thoughts or chime in on the ideas we’ve already explored, including an adoptee-led and focused research center, a national legal clinic to represent adopted people for free, a mental health clinic and resource center, and a well-funded national organization that provides messaging, lobbying, and support for activism.
This week I talked with Shelise Gieseke of Adoption Mosaic, about the organization’s evolution from a nonprofit, to hiatus, and finally to its existence today as a straight-up commercial adoptee-driven business. You can learn more about what Shelise does— as well as her work with Astrid Castro—at the Adoption Mosaic website. Upcoming Adoption Mosaic programming includes its ongoing “We the Experts Series” (highly recommended) with a February 12 panel discussion about transracial adoptee identity (register for it at EventBrite). Adoption Mosaic also offers trainings, consulting, and other resources, including adoptee panels, workshops for adoptive parents, and one-on-one services. You can also find Adoption Mosaic on Facebook and Instagram.
If you listen to this week’s show and want to hear more of it, we’re releasing another half-hour of conversation that we couldn’t squeeze into the released episode. If you subscribe to What Next on Apple, Google, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or most podcast platforms, that content will be released later this week.
The Janchi Show, a podcast “by, for and about Korean adoptees,” is mentioned at the beginning of this week’s episode. It’s a great podcast about “three Korean adoptees spread out around the US, and each of us are at different stages in life. We talk about the Korean Adoptee experience in America and learn more about our shared culture, usually with food.” A recent episode featured Shelise talking about her advocacy work, family, and her experience in returning to Korea.
Shelise mentioned GOAL, or Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link, as the organization that facilitated her trip to Korea. More information about GOAL is here.