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Posted July 25, 2005
Brownlee, Project Manager
MAVIN FOUNDATION ANNOUCES PROJECT TO
EMPOWER INTERNATIONAL ADOPTEES
(Seattle) 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 of adoptees.”
Starting this month, MAVIN Foundation’s Adoptee Empowerment Project
will work with dozens of adoptee-led organizations to initiate a cross-cultural
needs assessment. This 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.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 “to help people
help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources
to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.”
Its programming centers around the common vision of a world in which
each person has a sense of worth; accepts responsibility for self, family,
community, and societal well-being; and has the capacity to be productive,
and to help create nurturing families, responsive institutions, and
healthy communities. Please visit www.wkkf.org.
MAVIN Foundation is the nation’s leading organization that celebrates
and advocates for mixed heritage people and families. Since 1998, MAVIN’s
award-winning projects like MAVIN magazine and the MatchMaker Bone Marrow
Project have raised awareness of this rapidly growing population. Please
Download a PDF version of our letter here.
For more information, contact Kelly here
or call 206 622 7101.
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