Adoption Vanguard Award Goes to Podcast Producer, Host, and Author Angela Tucker During National Adoption Awareness Month
Austin, TX - Adoption Knowledge Affiliates (AKA) is honored to announce Angela Tucker as the recipient of our Adoption Vanguard Award for 2023. Angela Tucker is a Black woman adopted from foster care to white parents. She is the author of YOU SHOULD BE GRATEFUL: Stories of Race Identity, and Transracial Adoption, the Founder of the Adoptee Mentoring Society, the subject of Closure, a documentary that chronicles her search for her biological parents, and has over 15 years of experience working within adoption and foster care agencies. Her mission to center adoptees is evident in her podcast, The Adoptee Next Door, the five short films that she has produced and her work consulting with media outlets like NBC’s This Is Us.
The award will be presented on Saturday November 4, 2023, 9:00 am at AKA’s “Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future” virtual conference, during National Adoption Awareness Month. The virtual event delivers two full days of content with two powerful conference keynotes, Susan Ito and Andie Coston. Surrounding the two keynotes are dynamic, afternoon presentations and workshops from local, state and national professionals, advocates, experts, and creatives - all connected to adoption and foster care. Evening programming includes a screening and Q&A with Jenni Alpert (aka Cami). This event offers professionals CEU earning opportunities. The target audience for the conference is the adoption and foster care community, adjacent communities of donor conceived individuals and people with DNA discoveries, therapeutic practitioners, social work professionals, and reform advocates. Attendees receive knowledge, skills, support, and networking opportunities.
About Adoption Knowledge Affiliates
Adoption Knowledge Affiliates (AKA) is a unique non-profit organization, serving Central Texas since 1992. AKA provides support and education to adopted people, birth / first families, prospective and current adoptive and foster parents, and adoption professionals. We offer peer support, search assistance, educational programs, resources, and an annual conference with top-tier adoption professionals. In 2020, we expanded our services to include those with unexpected commercial DNA results. Whether it be due to adoption, donor conception, or other circumstance, we are ready to provide the same level of support as we have for nearly thirty years