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July 2021

July 29, 2021. Levi: Becoming Himself. Canadian television has broadcast a film about Levi Nahirney, a trans man who together with his twin sister was adopted from Vietnam at the age of seven month. The documentary details Levi's transition, the effect it had on his twin sister and his family and the twins' journey back to Vietnam where they met their birth parents and explained the trajectory of their lives in Canada. To access the documentary, please click here.

July 28, 2021. NCFA Profiles in Adoption Survey. The National Council for Adoption has launched a survey for adoption parents, designed to "fill some critical gaps in adoption data that will strengthen the work of policymakers and adoption professionals, and better support adoptive families." NCFA will "make the results free and publicly available so they can be used to improve adoption education and training, to advocate for needed post-adoption resources, and to inform policymakers and other decision-makers as they craft legislation and policy changes regarding adoption." To access the survey, please click here.

July 26, 2021. NCFA Webinar: Navigating Anti-Asian Racism: Tools for the Adoption Community. NCFA is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 3, at 1 pm on how adoptees, their families and the wider community can navigate Anti-Asian racism. "The NCFA is pleased to be joined in this important roundtable discussion by four adult Asian adoptees including:

  • Cam Lee Small, MS LPCC and founder of Therapy Redeemed
  • Glenn Morey, documentary filmmaker
  • Janine Osterink, community leader for adoption, racial diversity and inclusion
  • Sarah Bernstein, rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Panelists will share from their lived experiences to address how anti-Asian racism has and continues to impact the adoption community, and specifically Asian American adoptees. Adopted individuals will be supported in their own experiences of racism and be provided with strategies for self-care. We will also share thoughts on how adoptive parents can best support their children and help them in processing the racism they experience. Finally, panelists will share advice and expertise for you as the adoption professionals working with these individuals and their families." To register for the webinar, please click here.

    July 21, 2021. DOS Annual Report on International Adoption for 2020 Released. The Department of State has published its annual report on international adoptions during the 2020 Fiscal Year which ran from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. International adoption did not escape the catastrophic effects of Covid. The total number of adoptions, 1,622, was over thirty percent less that the 2,971 total in 2019. Also of note, 2020 marked the first year since 2000 that China was not the largest sending country to the United States. The five top sending countries were:

    South Korea188

    This was also the first year that the Department of State included a covering report. We salute Secretary of State Blinken's affirmation that "We strongly believe that intercountry adoption must remain a viable option for these children when it is in their best interests." To access the report, please click here.

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