Andrea leads Strategic Partnerships within Arizona State University’s Center for Child Well-Being. She holds a Masters of Science in Family and Human Development from ASU, and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services Administration from Antioch University, Seattle. Research interests: family preservation, foster care, post-adoption services, identity formation, public/private partnerships, social equity, and elimination of disproportionality in service delivery. Andrea has over 2 decades of experience creating partnerships which increase federal participation in Title IV-E training activities.
Providing "Voice and Choice" for the young people in a prospective adoption is absolutely a game-changer! Bravo (from an adult adoptee of the 1960's). One of the aspects of adoption (no matter what form, voluntary, foster care, at birth, etc.) that is most troubling is the warped power dynamic that exists. In the traditionally viewed triad (child, birth family, adoptive family) the power of choice falls more heavily to the adults. While adoptees may have been young and had no voice or choice at the time of their adoption, they do become adults and the sense of powerless over that vital decision which continues to shape adoptees over their lifetimes unfortunately continues to be felt.