Mon, Jul 12, 2010 -- 10:00 AM

International Adoption

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Families are looking abroad to adopt for a variety of reasons, including wanting to help children in disaster zones or out of lives of poverty. But there are fewer children available for international adoption in recent years. We talk about the whys and hows of international adoption -- and about the challenges of fostering a cultural connection between adopted children and their birth homes.

Host: Dave Iverson


  • E.J. Graff, associate director and senior researcher at The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University
  • Janet Shirley, overseas program coordinator for Bay Area Adoption Services
  • Kathleen Nielsen, Bay Area Adoption Services board member who adopted a child from China
  • Marguerite Wright, author of "I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race Conscious World" and senior clinical psychologist at the Center for the Vulnerable Child at Oakland Children's Hospital
  • Tom DiFilipo, president and CEO of the Joint Council on International Children Services, a child advocacy group focusing on international adoptions

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