While the traditional narrative around adoption is win-win-win, the reality is that many adoptees struggle with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation related to adoption trauma. Four adult adoptees will share their insights and experiences around both adoption and suicide prevention, with compassion, experience, and hope.
· To increase awareness of suicide and suicide prevention in the adoption community.
· To promote strategies and resources specific to the needs of adoptees and the adoption community regarding suicide and suicide prevention.
· To amplify the voices of adult adoptees in regard to their life experiences and wisdom, with emphasis on suicide prevention.
Panel of Adult Adoptee Speakers:
Lynelle Long, Founding Executive Director, InterCountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV)
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/intercountryadopteevoices
Kevin Barhydt, Book Author
Book link: http://mybook.to/DSMM
Amanda Transue-Woolston, MSS, LSW
@amandatda (on IG and Twitter)
Jessenia Parmer, Founder of I Am Adopted
Panel Facilitated By:
Maureen McCauley, Writer, Editor, Artist, and Adoptive Parent