The Loophole Of Retreat
Angela Tucker
by Angela Tucker
3M ago
When I applied to attend the Loophole of Retreat - a gathering of Black creatives, thinkers, scholars, and artists in Venice, Italy - I was expecting a bit of inspiration, some good networking opportunities, and a nice little vacation. I’d been encouraged to apply by Lisa Marie Simmons, (the adoptee from my short documentary Lisa & Isell) had been selected to perform at the Loophole and attending seemed like a great way to support her.  I had no idea attending this symposium of Black women visionaries would so powerfully transform my experience of myself and my approach to my work ..read more
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I’m Recording My Audiobook!
Angela Tucker
by Angela Tucker
4M ago
My cat, Grandma Pearl, has the distinct honor of listening to me record my audiobook. “Hi Angela, Typically we hire voice actors to read the audiobooks, but we have loved listening to your podcasts and were wondering if you’d like to read your own audiobook?” I recieved this email from my editor after we’d wrapped up the fourth and final round of edits. The next step for the book was to go to the publicity and marketing department. I thought that meant I could take a breath and sit back and begin planning the book tour. I was taken by surprise at this email since I hadn’t even considered the ..read more
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NEW FILM: Lisa & Isell - a short documentary
Angela Tucker
by Angela Tucker
6M ago
My latest film is now available! Watch it here: Lisa & Isell: A story about adoption & the Ghost Kingdom. Read about the experience from Lisa herself: "I just wanna say I’m in love. I...in love with the radiant, insightful, brilliant Angela, and with Bryan’s sensitivity and professionalism. I went to Florida to meet my recently found birth father, Isell. Meeting him was poetry and magic. Tenderness and joy. Laughter and pathos. This is the man who, for 55 years, has been thinking about me, looking for me, loving me, and imagining where and who I might be. For years, I’ve been an enor ..read more
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Institutional Racism and the Rights of Black Fathers
Angela Tucker
by Angela Tucker
9M ago
By Angela Tucker and Lisa Marie Simmons This is a story about Oterious and Isell, our Black fathers who wanted us, and the system that prohibited them. ⇼⇼⇼ When Lisa was born, U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Isell walked the echoey halls of the hospital, looking for someone who could tell him where his baby was. When he reached the nurses’ desk in the neonatal unit, he was told it was too late: his firstborn, his baby girl, was gone. “She’s been adopted,” they said. He slumped against the counter, defeated. Even as the pain in his head accused him — “you’re too late” — he knew he would keep lo ..read more
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Adoption Agencies & Making Reparations to Adoptees
Angela Tucker
by Angela Tucker
1y ago
For decades, the requests arrived by phone and letter, often heavy with urgency. A teenager, longing for her poems to be delivered to a mother she’d never known. A parent with a gold ring for a daughter given up at birth. Some simply sought answers: One woman wanted to know what caused the burn scars criss-crossing her arms. In each case, Medina Children’s Services, an adoption agency in Seattle provided no substantive response. At times, social workers and staff offered minimal information. Other times, they discouraged requests with service fees, or failed to respond at all. Instead of smal ..read more
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Give It Up For The Adopted Youth in our Midst!
Angela Tucker
by Angela Tucker
1y ago
“Mentor Sundays” are truly a highlight of my week. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely heard this sentiment in my Stories. This year, I virtually mentored a total of 30 youth adoptees between the ages of 12-21! This mentorship comes in the form of both one-on-one sessions as well as youth/teen lounges (between 3-6 people). All sessions take place via Zoom: typically me in my cozy office, and the mentees somewhere in their homes. However, I was in awe of their commitment to these meetings when some Zoomed with me from their cars (while their parents were running errands), while campi ..read more
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Hedgebrook - A Writing Retreat
Angela Tucker
by Angela Tucker
1y ago
View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize Hedgebrook is a retreat for women-identified writers from around the world. I was honored to have an opportunity to spend a week on the 48-acre peaceful country property in a beautiful handcrafted cabin. I and two other writers were tucked away on Whidbey Island experiencing Radical Hospitality - a term that Hedgebrook coined and has a corner on the market. In addition to offering a secluded location for each of us to work on our projects, they also nourished our bodies through the lovingly prepared meals and attention to every last d ..read more
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Family Story Project: Q&A With Angela Tucker, Founder Of The Adopted Life
Angela Tucker
by Angela Tucker
1y ago
Q: “What do most people get wrong about transracial adoption? And how can we start to correct that?” A: Many people rely on the adoptive parents to do all of the work around understanding their own implicit biases and becoming anti-racist, however, I know first-hand that the entire community around the transracial adoptee needs to be committed to this. In order to help a transracially adopted child form a healthy racial identity they need to see and hear this message more than just within the home. I’ve created a new workshop specifically for adoptive parents to bring their entire community t ..read more
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The Inclusive Family Support Grid
Angela Tucker
by Angela Tucker
1y ago
Throughout my professional life, I’ve been working hard to articulate the differences between open adoptions and closed. I’ve also come to believe that there isn’t a single adoption that needs to be closed because openness shouldn’t be determined solely by contact, but also by the amount of disclosure that an adoptive parent provides. Fueled by the brilliant work of Lori Holden, Dr. JaeRan Kim and I published our theory in the Journal of Child & Family Social Work. Now, along with foster and adoptive mother Katie Biron, adoptive mother and author Lori Holden and clinical worker Kara Anders ..read more
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Prior To Adopting, A Couple Unites 80 Extended Family Members To Discuss Racism Within Adoption
Angela Tucker
by Guest User
1y ago
Imagine this: You text your family and friends and say “We’ve begun the process to adopt!” They respond with excitement. And then your next text says “…and if you want to be in that child’s life, you are required to attend a 2-hour virtual workshop about racism, child-welfare and the history of adoption. And before that, you’ll need to watch a documentary about a transracial adoptee who searched for and found her birth mother in her twenties. Let me know if you’re in.” 80 responses came back - “Yes. I’m in! Send the link.” Can you imagine? This happened. And it was the highlight of my 2020! A ..read more
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