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Adoption Network Cleveland is pleased to offer a VIRTUAL Monday Evening Speaker Series full of topics that are of interest to a broad audience impacted by adoption, kinship, and foster care.


Upcoming Presentations 

Monday, February 19, 2024

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET

Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala with Dr. Rachel Nolan

Join us for a discussion of the practices of international adoption from Guatemala from the 1960s to when it was closed in 2008. We will discuss children who were forcibly disappeared during a military dictatorship and later placed for international adoption, as well as the privatization of adoptions that led to the formation of profit-oriented adoption networks. While the discussion will focus on Guatemala, we will draw parallels to other Latin American countries of origin for adoptees that have seen similar issues—from Argentina to Haiti to Colombia.

About Rachel
Rachel Nolan is a history professor at Boston University. She is the author of Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala, published by Harvard University Press. Her research in archives and through interviews focuses on the circumstances and processes that make children from poorer countries available for adoption in wealthier countries. She is fortunate to have lived in Guatemala for several years as a doctoral student and then as a Fulbright recipient. Before becoming a historian, she worked as a journalist. She continues to write for publications including The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, and Harper's Magazine—​where she is a Contributing Editor.

Monday, February 26, 2024

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET

Donor Conceived Advocacy in the U.S. with Tyler Sniff

Tyler Levy Sniff, Vice President of Legal Affairs for U.S. Donor Conceived Council (www.usdcc.org), will discuss the growing movement of U.S. donor conceived people for greater regulation of the fertility industry. As a case study, Tyler will discuss USDCC's work to pass the Colorado Donor Conceived Persons Protection Act, the first law in the United States to ban anonymous gamete "donation" and how adoptee advocates helped USDCC pass the law.

About Tyler
Tyler is a late-discovery donor conceived person. He acts as General Counsel for USDCC, ensuring compliance with relevant rules and regulations, and drafting and reviewing legal documents for the organization. He also helps develop legislation proposed by USDCC. Tyler is an attorney for the EPA and earned a degree in physics from Furman University, where he also studied genetics. He lives in Atlanta and enjoys spending time with his family, listening to jazz, and playing golf and the saxophone.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET

Navigating Relationships as an Adult Adopted Person with Tom Rogat, PsyD, MBA

Note that this session is on a Tuesday. This informal session will provide an overview of how the trauma of early separation can affect the nervous system and impact deeply held beliefs about oneself. We will examine some common relationship dynamics that many adult adoptees struggle with, and also identify therapies that can help make positive change.

About Tom
Tom Rogat is a clinical psychologist in private practice based in Beachwood, Ohio. His clinical expertise includes early trauma, personality structure and relationship patterns. He has worked with Triad members for almost 20 years and presented numerous times on the topics of separation and adoption over the years. Beyond individual therapy, he co-facilitates group therapy sessions focused on changing behavior in relationships, increasing self-esteem, and self-acceptance.

Monday, March 4, 2024

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET

How to Recognize and Heal the Issues in Your Tissues with Denise LaBarre

In this workshop, Denise will share practical tips to get us back into our bodies to connect with our breath and the emotional energy that lives in our tissues. She will explain the connection between thoughts, emotions and the physical illness and disease that can result from unreleased, long-held emotions. As you learn to recognize the signals your body gives you in the form of tightness, pain, and other symptoms, you can work with your breath, muscles and thoughts to explore your unresolved feelings and release them. Denise is familiar with issues specific to those in the adoption triad, feelings of loss, abandonment, unworthiness, and the pervasive trauma responses that can be a subtle underpinning of our lives.

About Denise
Denise LaBarre is and adoptee and a Healing Catalyst. She began systematically “listening” to bodies using her hands and intuition when she was 7. She studied psychology and languages and after University, managed a translation and interpretation agency in San Francisco, where she went to massage school.
As she worked with more bodies as a massage therapist, Denise realized that she was re-learning the universal language of the body and translating it for minds that had gotten socialized out of the habit of listening. She was becoming a "body-mind translator" or "Body Whisperer."

Her book, Issues in Your Tissues: Heal Body and Emotion from the Inside Out distills 4 decades of experience and insights about the body and the way unprocessed emotions can solidify into physical symptoms, illness, and chronic disease. Her book, teaching and private sessions on Maui focus on helping people release the issues in their tissues and regain health, resilience, and ease in their bodies.

Denise was born in Cleveland Clinic Hospital and given up immediately at birth. She found her birth mother in 1986 with Betsie’s help, and found her birth father four years ago.

Monday, March 11, 2024

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET

Coming to Consciousness: An Adoptee’s Journey with Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong, a transracial Asian American adoptee, shares his experience navigating rejection, reclamation, and self-acceptance through the framework of the Adoptee Consciousness Model. Patrick Armstrong was born in South Korea in March of 1990 and adopted to a white family in rural Indiana four months later. While he had what many (including himself) would call a positive adoption experience, there were also a number of things he struggled with, foremost among them the rejection of his ethnic and racial identity. This rejection would root itself deep within him and it would not be until the age of 30 that he would begin unpacking and understanding what this meant, when a confluence of events triggered his journey from rejection to reclamation to self-acceptance and, ultimately (and most recently), self-love. In this conversation, Patrick will tell his story through the five stages of the Adoptee Consciousness Model: Status Quo, Rupture, Dissonance, Expansiveness, and Forgiveness & Activism.

About Patrick
Patrick Armstrong (he/him) is a transracial Asian American adoptee, podcaster, speaker, and community facilitator. He is the host of the award-winning podcast Conversation Piece with Patrick Armstrong, a show about the missing pieces of the conversations we're already having. He is also one of the hosts of the award-winning podcast Janchi Show, a show that explores and celebrates the experiences and stories of Korean adoptees everywhere. He is a cofounder of the Asian Adoptees of Indiana, a group dedicated to creating a safe, engaging community for all Asian adoptees who need it. He is currently based in Indianapolis with his wife.


Completed Presentations

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