Upcoming Workshops & Events

What White Parents Should Know About Transracial Adoption Workshop

A course for anyone who is considering transracial adoption or has adopted.

Who is it for?

Transracial Adoptive parents and family members who want to support the transracial adoptee in their life. The goal is to help provide families with the resources so more adoptees feel supported in their adoptive families.

What is included in the cost?

  • A 60 minute workshop and 30 minute Q&A by adoption expert Melissa Guida-Richards 
  • Resource Handout with Reflection Questions

What are our qualifications?

Melissa Guida-Richards is an adoptee advocate, an educator, and the author of What White Parents Should Know About Transracial Adoption. She was adopted in 1993 from Colombia to a family in the USA. After her viral essay, “My Adoptive Parents Hid My Racial Identity From Me for 19 Years,” was published in Huffington Post in April 2019. She soon launched the Adoptee Thoughts Instagram and Podcast to help elevate adoptee voices and educate adoptive parents on the nuances and complexity of adoption. She has appeared on news outlets such as Washington Post, NYT, Tamron Hall, Good Day LA and has given workshops to dozen of agencies for adoptive parents and adoption professionals. For more, check out AdopteeThoughts.com.

Praise for Workshops by Melissa:

“I wish more adoptive parents and their extended families were attending the incredible online 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.

When & where are the classes?

All classes will be held on Zoom from 8 to 9:30 pm EST on

March 28th, 2023


Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

Will there be discounts?

Yes! Early bird ticket pricing is only $35 until March 9th, 2023!!

There will be ticket fees for sales on eventbrite so participants have the choice to purchase tickets here or send to venmo (with your email and TRA 101 in the note) @adoptee_thoughts before March 28th, 2023, to hold your spot.

You will recieve an email confirmation within 48 hours and if you do not please email us ASAP at [email protected]

Course Syllabus:

WWPSKATA Workshop: From 8 to 9:30 pm EST on Wednesday, March 28th, 2023

  • Introduction on Transracial Adoption & Its History
  • Teaching Trauma and its impact in the adoption and the family structure that will always exists
  • Toxic positivity in adoption
  • Cycle of Grief for Adoptees and Adoptive Parents
  • Power dynamics in the US Adoption Industry
  • Unpacking the white adoptive parent loss
  • White Racial Identity and its role
  • Tackling racism in families
  • Centering the adoptee vs yourself
  • Why is it important to incorporate culture, language, customs, etc