USA Events (2007)

General USA

Attend the VAN and Vietnamese Camp joint conference!

August 9-12th, 2007 at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado (outside of Winter Park)

Since 2001, VAN has held a conference every other year to connect Vietnamese adoptees from around the world together. This year, 2007, the VAN conference is going to be a special and inaugural event. This year, VAN is partnering with the Colorado Vietnamese Heritage Camp for our bi-annual conference. For more info see now!

International Adoptee Congress

(IAC), an organization made up of 75internationally adopted persons from various ethnic and geographic backgrounds, will meet in annually.

“For too long,” says Bert Ballard, IAC Past President and co-founder of the Vietnamese Adoptee Network (VAN), “international adoptees in the United States have been reactionary. Now, though, the IAC will offer international adoptees an opportunity to establish their presence, one that will set the tone for dialogue with agencies, adoptive parents, and each other.”

For more information please contact Kelly Brownlee at 206-818-1625.



Greetings all. Diane Tavitian and Mai Dewees and other supporters have been talking a lot since the conference in April and we have begun a group called Mosaic. It is a once a month meeting for adult adoptees to talk about issues that are important to them. We meet every 3rd Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is the 21st at 6:00 at MIT in Building 4 room 146. The meeting will be facilitated by Mai Linh Dewees. It doesn’t matter where you were adopted from- it is our hope to be as inclusive as possible and invite all adult adoptees.

Boston Photo Exhibit by Adoptee

Anh Dao Kolbe, VN adoptee Photographer of Misplaced Baggage, has put many of her works on virtual exhibition – you can see some by visiting:



Vietnamese Heritage camp

Vietnamese Heritage camp here in Colorado that is set for August 9-12, 2007. This year will be an event rather than just a camp. We are excited and honored to be joined by the Vietnamese Adoptee Network for this year. Not only will VHC be filled with fun and education for the kids about their heritage, but they will have a chance to interact with adult adoptees, many of whom were a part of Operation Baby Lift.

If you would like more information regarding this year’s event please visit the Colorado Heritage Camps’ website and click through to the Vietnamese Heritage Camp.

Hope to see you there….
Kathie Scrimgeour
Co-Director, VHC



PHOTOGRAPHY – Kate Hers, adoptee

Announcement: MFA2 opening on Feb. 22, 2007 please come out for food, refreshments and art! let me know if you would like to taken off the estherka mailing list. thanks,

kate hers


New York

Lana Noone will present a Vietnam Babylift 30th Anniversary Program at Farmingdale State University, Farmingdale, New York, in conjunction with the University’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Please contact  for complete details and travel information.



11 – 14 October – Encountering New Worlds of Adoption Conference

Saturday 13 October Session – [Paper presentations] Session 12.3 Internationally Adoptive Parents
3:15 – 4:45
Cathedral of Learning Room 349
Chair: Nancy McCabe, English, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Kristine Freeark, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan, “Make Room for Daddy: The Impact of Father Involvement on the Adoption Dialogue in Transnationally Adoptive Families” (written with Katherine Rosenblum)

Mitch Levenberg, English, St. Francis College and New York University, Excerpts from a memoir about adopting in China

Chris Winston, Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network, “Adoptive Parents, Race, and Children’s Ethnic Communities”

Indigo WIlliams Willing, Social Science, University of Queensland, “New Global Families: Celebrity Adopters to ‘Ordinary’ Australian Adoptive Parents”


Washington DC

Washington DC Visit

Dates: Arrive 14 October at 3.25pm and fly out 5.25pm on 16 October
Adoption Ethics and Accountability Conference,
Location and accomodation: Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington , VA
Hotel phone: 703-920-3230 (room booked under name Linh Song)

Involved in Monday 15th Session – WORKSHOP 2.5

Supporting Adopted Children after Adoption: What are Their Post-placement Needs?

Carrie Kent
Joyce Maguire Pavao
Debbie Riley
Indigo Willing

For adoptee event / meet up on the eve of 14 Oct please email Ev at: