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Adoption Mosaic Bloggers

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Tara Kim- Tara has been active in the adoption community for over eight years. She has founded and led adoptee community groups, led adoptee youth groups, and served on the board of Adoption Mosaic for two and a half years. She currently oversees Adoption Mosaic’s website and blog and is the Chief Editorial and Creative Director of Adoption Mosaic’s magazine The Adoption Constellation. Tara was adopted from Korea at the age of two.

Livia Montana – Livia is a writer currently working on a novel and collection of poetry. Her study of literature and philosophy intensified her interest in how the adoptive experience affects triad members. She was adopted from Portugal when she was four and a half years old.

Astrid Dabbeni: Astrid has a degree in sociology with an emphasis in adoption. She travels the country to lead youth groups, present workshops on transracial parenting, talking with children about adoption and various other workshops focusing on adoption. Astrid has worked in adoptions for over 14 years. Her life-long interest in adoption is rooted in her own adoption at the age of four with her older sister from Colombia. Astrid is the Executive Director and co-founder of Adoption Mosaic.

Guest Bloggers:

Catherine M. Anderson: Catherine is a single parent, free lance writer, poet, and public school humanities teacher in Portland, Maine. Her transracial family came together through domestic adoption and donor assisted conception. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Hip Mama, Adoptive Families Magazine, Moms of Hue and many online venues. She blogs at http://mamacandtheboys.com.

Amee Finigan: Amee was born in Pusan City, South Korea and adopted when she was four months old. Raised in West Linn, Oregon, Amee attended college in Honolulu and has an Equine Science degree from Santa Rosa Junior College. Amee has been published in theHawaii Pacific Review and loves to write poetry and short stories. She likes to write and blog about personal experiences, especially those surrounding her adoption.

Dawn Friedman: Dawn is a professional writer and the mother of Noah (born to her in 1997) and Madison (born to her first mom, Pennie, in 2004 and brought to Dawn’s family through a domestic, open adoption). She has been blogging at http://www.thiswomanswork.com since 2001. Dawn’s blog has been featured in Time Magazine, the Washington Times, and in several notable online adoption communities. She owns and operates Open Adoption Support, and is currently writing a book with Jenna Hatfield examining how openness is changing adoption practice in America.

Shelise Gieseke: Shelise is a Korean adoptee with an undergraduate degree in communication and is interested in the way society shapes the adoptee experience through language.  She was raised on a farm in southern Minnesota with three siblings who were not adopted.  Shelise is excited to work with all members of the adoption constellation to create a safe and open learning environment.

Kevin Hofmann: Kevin is a writer and a father who’s first book, Growing Up Black in White a memoir of his life growing up as a transracial adoptee in a time and place where race relations were strained at best. Kevin blogs at http://www.mymindonpaper.wordpress.com

Mei-Ling Huang: Mei-Ling is an Taiwanese adult adoptee who sent out a translated letter via Babelfish to her biological family’s address back in May 2006. For the next few years, she sent letters and exchanged pictures online with her biological siblings. In early June of 2009 she visited Taiwan to stay in her family’s residence until the end of August. If you have any enquiries about her adoption experience or reunion, she can be contacted at little.wing04AThotmail.com

Kelly Jeske: Kelly is a mama who reads and writes in Portland, Oregon. She has a master’s degree in sociology with her research focused on heteronormativity and health care disparities. Kelly works on the Board of Directors of Adoption Mosaic. Kelly’s writing appears in the anthology Who’s Your Mama? The Unsung Voices of We’ve Been. Women and Mothers and is forthcoming in Storied Dishes: What Our Family Recipes Tell Us About Who We Are and Where We’ve Been.

Melissa Konomos: Melissa is, among other things, a Korean adoptee who was adopted by an American family at the age of six months old in the 1970′s. After a 7-year search, Melissa discovered in January 2009 that her biological mother and biological father were alive, living in Korea and waiting to meet her. She and her husband traveled to Korea to meet them for the first time in June of 2009, and Melissa made another trip to Korea that same year in September. She blogs at http://yoonsblur.blogspot.com writing about her experiences of adoption, search, reunion, and post-reunion with hopes to cultivate a more accurate and truer understanding of the adoption experience.

Tamera Slack: Tamera has a degree in Business administration and currently works in Medical Sales. She is an adoptee and a birth mother who has reunited with both her birth family, and the son she relinquished. Tamera’s unique experience of being both a birth mother, and an adoptee, allows her a greater understanding of how the different roles and perspectives of the individual triad members often impact each other. Never does she stand wholly in one experience, but rather is able to use her dual perspectives to increase understanding of “the other.” Tamera’s passion lies in making a positive impact on adoption and those affected by this journey. She hopes that by sharing her story and the insights she has gained, that others will have a greater understanding and concern for those involved in this unique life experience.