Minnesota Needs Assessment on International Adoptees and Their Families

by Ami Nafzger | Aug 31, 2010
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Summary:

AdopSource would like to conduct a needs assessment that aims to address issues relating to ethnic and race identity and adoptee awareness. Understanding that adoptees have a unique heritage, this meaning that usually an adoptee has family members who are of a different ethnicity other than the adoptee and is raised in a predominately-white society. Many adoptees grow up with questions about their identity.

A family will raise the child as their own but may never acknowledge the adoptee heritage or identity of their child. To make matters more complex, adoptees, more often than not, will face racism by their peers and by adults. This racism is more prevalent in small rural areas and sometimes can be witnessed in a metro area.

Part of the problem is that there persists little education on race and that there are very few services reaching out to the greater population in rural areas. This is especially the case for rural Minnesota. This isolation can leave many adoptees struggling to find a sense of belonging in their adoptive country. While not a definitive statistic, it is also known that international adoptees have a high rate of suicide and depression from their surroundings.

The assessment will engage and research adoptee individuals and their families. It will involve interviews, surveys, and documenting. Our evaluation will be both quantitative and qualitative seeking analysis on international adoptees in Minnesota, providing diverse perspectives, defining and addressing race issues, and highlighting areas that need services.

About You

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About You

First Name

Ami

Last Name

Nafzger

Title

Executive Director

Organization

AdopSource

Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

About Your Organization

Organization Name

AdopSource

Organization Email

Organization Website

Organization Phone

612-501-2530

Organization Address

P.O Box 18435

Organization City

Minneapolis

Organization Zipcode

55418

Brief description of your organization

AdopSource is committed to supporting the integration of culture, identity, and life experience for adoptee individuals, their families, and the greater community. Our commitment is driven by the need to provide a space for all adoptees to meet, socialize, learn about their culture of origin and be empowered to successfully navigate a racially charged society.

Organization Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

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Your idea

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Name your project

Minnesota Needs Assessment on International Adoptees and Their Families

Country your work focuses on

United States, MN, Hennepin County

Describe your project. Explain the extent to which it mitigates the effects of racism

AdopSource would like to conduct a needs assessment that aims to address issues relating to ethnic and race identity and adoptee awareness. Understanding that adoptees have a unique heritage, this meaning that usually an adoptee has family members who are of a different ethnicity other than the adoptee and is raised in a predominately-white society. Many adoptees grow up with questions about their identity.
A family will raise the child as their own but may never acknowledge the adoptee heritage or identity of their child. To make matters more complex, adoptees, more often than not, will face racism by their peers and by adults. This racism is more prevalent in small rural areas and sometimes can be witnessed in a metro area.
Part of the problem is that there persists little education on race and that there are very few services reaching out to the greater population in rural areas. This is especially the case for rural Minnesota. This isolation can leave many adoptees struggling to find a sense of belonging in their adoptive country. While not a definitive statistic, it is also known that international adoptees have a high rate of suicide and depression from their surroundings.
The assessment will engage and research adoptee individuals and their families. It will involve interviews, surveys, and documenting. Our evaluation will be both quantitative and qualitative seeking analysis on international adoptees in Minnesota, providing diverse perspectives, defining and addressing race issues, and highlighting areas that need services.

Project starting date

March 2011

Project ending date

November 2012

Total project budget - required field

$100,000.00

Website URL

Innovation

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What makes your project unique?

This project is unique because it is run by international adoptees and aims to help adoptees that have had similar experiences as they have had. Although international adoption has been taking place for over the past 60 years, AdopSource recognizes gaps in services and a lack of resources offered to adoptees and their families. We recognize these gaps through the personal experiences of adoptees and adoptive parents. We recognize these gaps through our numerous conversations with individuals. Since Minnesota has one of the largest transracial and transcultural adopted communities in the country (over 40,000) AdopSource hopes that this needs assessment will provide feedback and information to create services that will cater to the specific needs of adoptees and their families. We feel our services will instill a sense of belonging in transracial adoptees and their families as well as create an awareness of the adoptee experience and race identity. This is a project that is unique but long overdue and much needed in the adoptee community.

Impact

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Tell us about the social impact of your project as it relates to ONE of these three areas: Education, Employment or Housing

By conducting this survey, AdopSource will be broadening the understanding and education of adoptees and the greater community. The end products would include a documentary video, a report, learning material for discussions and small group activities, and survey materials on how racism impacts the adoptee community.

List any specific activities associated with the project and a timeline for the activities

1)March 2011: Contract with a film company to produce a documentary.
2)March 2011: Hire editors and graphic designers to provide the outcomes to the public.
3)April 2011:Prepare an outline detailing the travel dates and destinations.
4)May 2011: Create partnerships
5)May 2011:Create tools and presentations
6)May 2011: Create process of interviewing
7)June 2011:Map areas to survey
8)June2011:Make timeline to meet officials, parents, and adoptees
9)June 2011-August 2012:Document results
10)August 2011-October 2012:Edit and analyze film footage and research
11)November 2012:Distribute information and present reports, findings and film
12)November 2012:Provide press release
13)November 2012: Establish place for showing documentary

Please summarize the involvement of people of color in the decision-making of your project

AdopSource’s governance board is made up of seven people: three men and four women; six of seven are international adoptees; one adoptive mother; ages range from 20’s to 60’s. There also exists an advisory board that consists of four people: two international adoptee; one adoptive parent, 50/50 gender makeup.

Please list which communities of color your project will involve and/or impact

International adoptees from Columbia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Korea, China, Thailand, India, Guatemala, and Russia have all expressed interest and willingness to be invovled in this project. The project will also involve adoptive parents.

What age group will your project impact?

Children (0-12 years), Teens/adolescents (13-19 years), Adults (20-60 years), Elders (60+ years).

Which gender(s) will your project focus on?

Male, Female.

What geographic area(s) will your project affect?

Northwestern MN, Northeastern MN, Southwestern MN, Southeastern MN, Central/Eastern MN, Central/Western MN, Twin Cities Metro Area (specify below), Other (specify below).

If you selected either Twin Cities Metro Area or Other above, please specify or identify the area

The state of Minnesota where many adoptee families are concentrated for example Rochester, St. Cloud, Wilmar, Duluth, Brainerd,

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

If your project is a collaborative effort, please list the other organizations involved

AdopSource will partner with other adoptee organizations and it will fill in the gap where the government, adoption agencies, and the public sector falls short.

AdopSource has already networked and spoke of collaboration with other adoptee organizations including: Vietnamese Adoptee Network (VAN), Korean Quarterly Newspaper (KQ), Resource Committee of Adult Adoptees (RCAA: Children Home Society), Chinese Social Service Center (CSSC), Kim School, Asian Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) Rainbow Families, Lutheran Social Service, AK Connection, National Association of Asian American Professionals: NAAAP Minnesota Chapter, Community Connections of St. Cloud, Korean Adoptee Ministry (KAM), and Minnesota Adoptee Resource Network (MARN).

Who or what is expected to change as a result of your project?

The individual adoptee experience will be expanded to include other perspectives and understanding of their peers. As a result AdopSource foresees adoptees overcoming isolation and a improved sense of their race and identity and self worth.

What information will you provide in the final report to demonstrate the achievement of your results?

Anticipated Outcomes:
a.Create a documentary on personal stories.
b.Hold a special event to release findings.
c.Publish a final report on International Adoptees.
d.Outline services and define needs for adoptees and their families.
e.Provide a curriculum for schools, adoptive families, adoptee. etc. This curriculum will come as a video, storybook curriculum, demographics,and surveys.

What methods will be used to gather the information?

We will be filming each family and adoptee that participates in the project to get their stories as they experience racism. These stories will be recorded and documented, we will conduct surveys, interview teachers and students on what their definition of racism is. We will be creating a curriculum to assist adoptees and their families.

What do you hope to learn about racism and its impact?

AdopSource seeks to learn the issues that are affecting the adoptee community and how they can be overcome. AdopSource aims to dispel stereotypes, misinformation, and racial bias. AdopSource wants to celebrate diversity and create an inclusive culture. Finally this project would shape future services and provide community based services to greater Minnesota.

What percentage do people of color comprise your board of directors?

From our Advisory Board and Board of Directors, 72 percent are of color.

Documentation

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Funding sources: Please check all that apply

Individual donations, In-kind donations, Businesses, State government.

Other

In submitting this application, the applicant agrees to the following (check all boxes)

The applicant will spend the money solely for the purpose stated in the grant award and will return the unexpended portion of the funds, if any. In addition, the applicant will provide an interim and/or final report, as required., The applicant realizes that payment of funds will be at the convenience of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to cancel the grant and/or modify previously agreed-upon payments should such actions be deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant understands that the Foundation may review any or all information submitted as part of this request with advisors of the Foundation’s choosing, if deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant intends to comply with the terms of the Minnesota Charitable Solicitation Act (MS §309), if applicable..

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