Empowerment Project (AEP)
MAVIN Foundation has launched a multi-year, adoptee-led project to identify
what international adoptees and their families need to foster connectedness
and healthy cultural identities. Once identified, the project will work
with adoptees to implement the project's vision. The project is funded
by a $75,000 grant from the W.
K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service reports that U.S. parents
adopt approximately 20,000 children annually from over three-dozen countries.
Although today there is a considerable body of resources related to
adoption, adoptees and adoptee perspectives often remain excluded from
leadership roles in adoption organizations and from the creation of
adoption policy and research.
"Today there are generations of adult adoptees who are eager to
contribute their perspectives to the adoption discourse," says
Kelly Brownlee, the project's manager, who was adopted from Vietnam
in 1975. "Having lived the experience ourselves, adoptees are uniquely
equipped to support adoptive parents, agencies, and the next generation
Starting in July 2005, the Adoptee Empowerment Project worked with dozens
of adoptee-led organizations to initiate a community needs assessment.
In the fall, the project will take this information into online, telephone,
and face-to-face forums. The outcome of these activities will be to
design an innovative, adoptee-led project to launch in 2006. In the
interim, the project will also help to identify program support to strengthen
the infrastructure of existing adoptee-led organizations.
For more information, please visit the project website: www.empoweredadoptees.org.
For more information, please contact: Kelly
Brownlee, Project Manager.
For more information:
Ph: 206 622 7101
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