Adoption Professionals → Cultural Competency

A Birthmother Speaks: Reframing and Normalizing Adoption in Communities of Color

PLEASE NOTE - This course does NOT provide social work CE credits.

It is a point of fact that children of color are more likely to be placed in foster care and less likely to be placed directly into adoptive homes. In an interview format, our guest presenters examine the significant but less-often discussed historical and cultural factors that contribute to this phenomenon and present findings of focus group discussions with young women who share their views on adoption and how we can reframe community perceptions and attitudes. Renee Alexander, a birthmother at 16, shares her deeply personal adoption experience, and highlights how the complexities, decision-making and emotions around adoption transcend generational differences.

Speakers: Renee Alexander, Laura Bruder, Paola Fusilier, and Jini Thornton

Course length: 90 minutes

Cost to register: $10

Recorded on September 22, 2021.
  • A Birthmother Speaks: Reframing and Normalizing Adoption... of Color - Video
  • A Birthmother Speaks: Reframing and Normalizing...Communities of Color - Survey
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever