Varied Voices From Adoption Community Unite In Free Online Event For National Adoption Month

By LEANNE PARSONS
Los Alamos
 
Question: What do you get when you bring together adult adoptees with parents by birth and adoption to talk about their relinquishment and adoption experiences, family building practices and views on needed legislative reform? 
 
Answer: Usually an assortment of passionate opinions, raw emotions, misunderstandings and “unfriending” on Facebook. 
 
But something different is coming this year during November’s National Adoption Month.
 
Adoptee and former foster child and parent LeAnne Parsons has teamed up with birth/first mother Ashley Mitchell to assemble an impressive collaboration of speakers for a free online seminar called “Come Climb With Us: the 2015 Adoption Summit Experience.” 
 
“Our goal is to create an opportunity for anyone, anywhere who is interested in adoption to lean in and listen to conversations from different perspectives,” Parsons said, creator of the event. “Every presenter volunteers their time and energy to make adoption better in some way. These are people who have transformed their relinquishment and adoption challenges into action for positive change. This event is a first of its kind.” 
 
Much like a conference held at a brick-and-mortar location, the virtual Summit will take place online Nov. 10-12 with topics and speakers scheduled on different days.
 
The list of presenters includes radio show hosts, authors, bloggers, support group leaders, non-profit directors, activists and healers, with special opportunities for live Q&A with presenters.
 
Admission to the event is free and those interested in participating must register here.
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