Adoption has long been the least-examined option within our movement. As a reproductive choice, what does adoption involve? Why, to what extent, and when is it chosen? What is the lived experience of a birth/first mother during and after the adoption? Join us as we discuss the evolving options, policies, and practices around adoption. Particularly, we will focus on the birth mothers’ experiences, discussing how best to frame discussions for women considering adoption and where, as reproductive justice activists, we should be focusing our attention for increased support and further change. Join us for conversation on Wednesday, October 24th
Bay Area Doula Project Salon Series Presents:
Situating Adoption in the Reproductive Justice Movement
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 7:00 to 8:30pm
Location: Langton Labs
32 Langton St., San Francisco
Just three blocks from Civic Center BART!
$5-$15 Suggested Donation for Bay Area Doula Project, no one will be turned away for lack of funds
Randie Bencannan, LCSW, MS, is the Co-Director of Adoption Connection, a pro-choice, open adoption agency for the past 25 years. She has a long standing and passionate commitment to reproductive health, as exemplified in her roles as a college and high school sex educator, the director of San Francisco Planned Parenthood’s Teen Clinic, and as a clinic escort at Washington, DC Planned Parenthood. Adoption Connection has worked with doulas as pregnancy and labor support for birthmothers, and as postpartum and early parenting support for adoptive parents. Randie is the mother of two daughters, both social justice activists themselves.
Susan Collins has a business degree from Santa Clara University and a variety of professional and volunteer experience — but she feels her greatest accomplishments have been connected to her role as wife and mother. Susan has three children ranging in age from 25 to 17; her eldest son was relinquished at birth.
, PhD, is a sociologist and researcher focusing on issues of parenting and reproductive justice, specifically teen pregnancy and young parenthood, infertility, and adoption. She has previously worked with the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy and the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, and currently serves on the board of directors of Backline, an organization devoted to supporting experiences related to pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption. Gretchen has also worked as a birth doula and blogs for the Abortion Gang. You can find her on Twitter @gesisson
The evening will be filled with great conversation and great people! We hope to see you and your friends there!