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“Sorta Happy, Sorta Sad…” Children Talk About Being Adopted
Twelve children, aged six through eleven, who joined their families through adoption are interviewed by Joseph Crumbley, PhD, and Minji Ng, MSW, one of the younger teens featured in FAIR’s video, “I Wonder…” Teenagers Talk About Being Adopted.
The children talk candidly about their understanding of adoption, their varied adoption stories, their memories and thoughts about birth family members, and more. They have a variety of adoption experiences to share. It is especially interesting to see the differences in the children’s understanding of adoption related to their age.
This video is ideal for parent training as well as for individual family use. It is designed to encourage further discussion among viewers. We suggest that parents preview the video before viewing it with their children.
To help the children tell their stories and feel comfortable during the taping, FAIR chose two outstanding individuals who brought warmth and professional skills to the experience:
Joe Crumbley received his masters and doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He is in private practice as a family therapist, trainer and consultant. His clinical experience includes adoption and foster care and his most recent areas of specialization have been kinship care and transracial adoptions.
Dr. Crumbley has co-authored a book with Robert Little entitled Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care. His second book is entitled Transracial Adoptions and Foster Care. Both books were published by the Child Welfare League of America. He has produced a series of DVD and VHS training tapes for parents and professionals on transracial adoptions and kinship care. He also has an on-line course on Kinship Care produced by Northwest Media, Inc.
For more information about Joe, please visit his website http://www.drcrumbley.com
Minji Ng was adopted from South Korea when she was six months old. She was raised in a large adoptive family and has been involved with FAIR for as long as she can remember. She has volunteered with peer support groups for adopted children and is a popular role model for many of FAIR’s younger set, Minji is currently a FAIR board member, holds an MSW degree, and works for Santa Clara County as an Emergency Response social worker. Minji lives in Palo Alto and is working towards her LCSW and is newly married.
FAIR is also indebted to adoptive father and media professional Jim McCarthy of Bentley Broadcast Associates for his dedication to this project. He and his wife Susan first volunteered to help FAIR produce the earlier video “I Wonder…” for FAIR in 1996. Jim then spent countless volunteer hours in 2007-2009 taping and then editing this DVD. Thanks Jim, Susan and friends for your generosity!
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