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West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community invites all to attend a Conversation Project event at the West Linn library May 11 starting at 2 p.m.

The West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community (WLAIC) has partnered with Oregon Humanities and the West Linn Public Library to bring a Conversation Project event on race and adoption to the community. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. May 11 at the library, 1595 Burns St., West Linn.

The conversation will be facilitated by Astrid Castro of Astrid Castro Consulting, who for the past 25 years has spent her career exploring all aspects of the adoption journey as an

independent adoption consultant.

Castro has traveled the country presenting talks on adoption and race. She is co-author of "Adoption in the Movies," developed an innovative evidence-based training DVD and was a contributing author for the book "Parents as Adoptees." Her personal experience as an adoptee, a woman of color and of growing up in a white family and community fuel her professional path to help others.

She will ask participants to explore questions such as:

¦ What roles do race, and racism play in your family?

¦ What are the personal experiences that guide how you talk to adopted children in your life about where they came from?

¦ Where do you need to grow to be the best resource you can be for children who are adopted?

This conversation is relevent to all families; many children in area schools and communities are from mixed, multi-racial families.

The conversation will also raise questions about how adults talk with children about important issues like race and identity, adoption and cultural appropriation.

The event is free and open to all.

WLAIC brings together a diverse, non-partisan group of West Linn neighbors working to ensure that all members of our community have equal opportunities to participate in the quality of life that our town offers; that all neighbors are safe from hate crimes, abuse or harrassment; and that no person or group is subjected to discrimination, bigotry or prejudice.

­— For The Review, Tidings


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