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Sept. 15: Noodles Fundraiser for Heritage Camps!!

Posted by lecrowder in Connections, Events, Home on 08 27th, 2012

For all you Colorado folk who have been touched by adoption do support Heritage Camp for Adoptive Families fundraiser!!! See details below!!

SAVE THE DATE! September 15th Noodles Fundraiser for Heritage Camps!

Contact your friends and neighbors, and download this invitation to a fun dinner at Noodles (locations around the state) to benefit Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families! It’ll be a a fun Saturday night dinner out with the kids, and with all of your friends too!

DOWNLOAD THE INVITE HERE, then print it out! You must have it with you at Noodles on the 15th for HCAF to receive the benefit!

Thank you and mark your calendars NOW

Pinoy Educational Partnerships: A Filipina/o American Studies Sourcebook Series Available!!

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home on 08 23rd, 2012
Begin the new school year with the PEP Sourcebook series! Pin@y Educational Partnerships: A Filipina/o American Studies Sourcebook Series is still the best and most comprehensive resource on Filipino/o American Studies.

Lorial, as a previous customer, we would like to share two special offers with you. Complete your set with an exclusive loyalty discount and tell a friend for a referral bonus!

Exclusive 15% Loyalty Discount:
By receiving this email, we have noted you as a previous customer of our products or a member of our email list. Send a receipt of your new purchase to and we will credit you back 15% via Paypal.

5% Referral Bonus:

Referrals must be new customers.  After your referral completes her purchase, have her email the receipt to, mentioning your name.  She will receive a 10% discount, and you will receive a 5% bonus via Paypal as a thank you for your referral.

Note: All offers are based on purchase price before shipping and taxes.

Volume I, Philippine and Filipina/o American History – $30.00
Volume II, Filipina/o American Identities, Activism, and Service – $30.00

Parenting As Adoptees

Posted by lecrowder in Connections, Home, Our Stories on 08 17th, 2012

Dear friends, family, colleagues, and members of the adoption community:

We (Adam Chau and Kevin Ost-Vollmers) are excited to announce that the anthology Parenting As Adoptees is now available at Amazon as an e-book ( The following well respected adoptees are contributors:

Dr. Bert Ballard, Susan Branco Alvarado, Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter and her daughter Courtney Cooper-Lewter, Lorial Crowder, Shannon Gibney, Astrid Dabbeni, Mark Hagland, Dr. Hei Kyong Kim, JaeRan Kim, Jennifer Lauck, Mary Mason, Robert O’Connor, John Raible, and Sandy White Hawk.

Through fourteen chapters, the authors of Parenting As Adoptees give readers a glimpse into a pivotal phase in life that touches the experiences of many domestic and international adoptees – that of parenting. The authors intertwine their personal narratives and professional experiences, and the results of their efforts are powerful, insightful, and potentially groundbreaking. As Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW, LCPAA, PLLC, notes:

“Rarely has the experience of parenting as an adopted person been laid to bear so candidly and vividly. The authors provide a provocative, touching and, at times visceral and unyielding, invitation into their lives as they unearth and piece together the magnitude of parenting when it is interwoven with their adoption narrative. It is a prolific piece that encapsulates the rawness that adoption can bring from unknown histories, abandonment, grief, and identity reconciliation which ultimately reveals the power of resiliency and self-determination as a universal hallmark in parenting.”

Moreover, despite its topical focus, the book will resonate with individuals within and outside of the adoption community who are not parents. “Parenting As Adoptees,” writes Dr. Indigo Willing, “contributes and sits strongly alongside books by non-adoptees that look at issues to do with ‘the family’, race, ethnicity and migration. As such, this book should appeal to a broad audience interested in these various fields of inquiry.”

Parenting As Adoptees can be downloaded onto your computer, Kindle, and Kindle app supporting tablet/phone (such as iPads, iPhones, Droids, etc.) by going to this link:

In a few weeks, the book will be available at Barnes & Nobles for the Nook. Additionally, this fall we will be publishing a limited edition hardcopy to coincide with a book signing event in Minnesota. Please visit the Parenting As Adoptees website ( for more information. Additional reviews and excerpts from the book can be found there. And to receive regular updates, please “like” the book’s Facebook page:

Thank you for your time. We hope that you check out Parenting As Adoptees, and we would greatly appreciate it if you would share it with other individuals/groups whom you believe would find it of interest.

With warm regards,

Kevin Ost-Vollmers, Land of Gazillion Adoptees

Adam Chau, CQT Media And Publishing


Kevin Ost-Vollmers
C: 612.382.8568