Interested in booking Melissa for a workshop, consultation, or as a speaker at an event?


1-2 hour workshops and Q&A’s tailored towards adoptive parent cohorts, adoption professionals or adoptees.


Looking for an adoptee speaker for your event? Or a speaker for your panel? Email Melissa to discuss topics/availability/pricing.


Consultations for adoptive parents, family, or adoption professionals are available for 2022. Email to inquire about sessions and pricing.

Please email her at (AT) gmail (DOT) com or via the contact form below. If you use the form and have not heard back within 24 hours please directly email me.

Previous Workshops & Speaking Engagements:

  • Delaware Valley Adoption Counsel Workshop
  • Identity
  • IAC: The Adoption Reconstruction
  • The Adoption Companion: Pre and Post Adoption Workshops
  • We the Experts Adoption Panel
  • Heritage Camps Webinar
  • Good Day LA National Adoption Month Panel
  • and many more

What people are saying?

I wish more adoptive parents and their extended families were attending the incredible on line workshops being put on by The Adoption Companion. We listened to Melissa Guida-Richards today.. Trans-racial adoptee and author of “What white parents should know about Trans-racial adoption” . It was so eye opening for me and I have been in the adoption space for 12 years.

Justin Foxton, Adoptive Parent and Educator

Wonderful, well-organized and informative!

Anonymous Adoptive Parent

As an adoptive parent, it has been so helpful to get a knowledgeable and approachable perspective from an adult adoptee.

Dusadee S.
Melissa Guida-Richards
Melissa Guida-Richards

Melissa is an author, podcaster and speaker. She has been featured in news outlets like, The Tamron Hall Show, Brut, Good Day L.A., NBCLX, BBC Radio 4, Do the Work, as well as work in The New York Times, Insider, the Independent, HuffPost, and more; panels with Amazon & Good Day L.A.; workshops with many adoption agencies like Heritage Camps, and CASE.