#20180926 – Webinar – The Son with Two Moms: How to Construct a Positive Identity for Your Child
(September 2018) This Workshop will focus on the best ways to create positive identity formations for children residing in adoptive transracial adoptive, and LGBTQ adoptive households. Participants will hear from Tony Hynes, a transracial adoptee and adoption professional, about topics including but not limited to: when it is appropriate to talk to kids about their birth (1st families), how to create positive racial identity formations in unorthodox ways, and how to figure out whether the issues your child faces is an adoptee related issue or merely an issue befalling all children. Parents will also learn how examining their own pre-subscribed belief systems will help them create agency for their adopted children
Tony Hynes was adopted by his parents Mary and Janet in the mid 1990’s. His family faced a custody battle with his birth family, who felt Mary and Janet, two white women, were not the right people to raise him. Tony writes about his experiences growing up as both a transracial adoptee and as a child growing up in a same sex headed household in his memoir “The Son With Two Moms.” Today, Tony is an advocate for families like his, and serves on the Board of Directors for Rainbow Families, an organization devoted to promoting the rights of LGBTQ Families everywhere. He also has been invited to be a speaker at several conferences on adoption throughout the nation, especially those involving transracial adoptions. In the fall of 2016 Tony was awarded a full scholarship to begin his PhD studies in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County where he has begun work on his dissertation, which focuses on racial connectedness among transracial adoptees. Tony co-facilitates the Transracial Adoption Group (TAG) at FamilyWorks Together along with Master Clinical Trainer, Ercica Moltz, MA, NCC.