Stephanie is a licensed master social worker, therapist, speaker, and writer. She was adopted transracially through the US foster care system and reunited with her birth family as an adult. Stephanie has served families through maternal-child health work, non-traditional parenting students on her college campus, in the foster care system, and has worked with families post adoption. She currently leads the clinical support to all members of the adoption constellation pre-and-post adoption for her county's adoption unit. Stephanie’s writing can be found at her blog, Adoptee LIT.com. She is currently working on launching a podcast and in the further future, her business venture with her partner. Stephanie is also a regular blogger for The Lost Daughters Blog at TheLostDaughters.com. Stephanie currently lives in the Greater Philadelphia Area with her husband, who is a registered nurse, and their two children.
As an Adoptee herself, Stephanie always had the vision to help other Adoptees and their families. After obtaining her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University, Stephanie decided it was the perfect time to make these goals a reality. Stephanie struggled through her identity, abandonment, grief and loss, rejection, control, and attachment growing up. Through her experiences as an adoptee and her educational and professional background in Foster Care and Adoption, Stephanie was able to see her passion collide with her profession. Stephanie's mission is to positively impact adoptee's in the present by supporting them and their families through the difficult times, educating on the tough topics and empowering them through the the entire adoption journey.
As I started the journey of creating Adoptee LIT, one of my biggest concerns was the name. I wanted something that would capture exactly what I wanted to portray in the work I set out to do. I wanted it to be significant and meaningful. I wanted it to be strong and engaging. I wanted it to be truthful and speak to it’s history.
LIT was intentional.
The first piece of this is what it stands for, “Living In Truth”. That is my main aim. No matter how ugly, hard, difficult, beautiful and complicated that truth may be. I plan to own it, speak it and teach it.
The second piece of LIT is a cultural reference. As a Transracial Adoptee who grew up in a white family. I was not able to live and breathe the culture of my ancestors. I was not exposed or surrounded by those who looked like me. When I enrolled in college and began my BSW journey, I joined ABSW – the Association of Black social workers and found a piece of myself I was never able to tap into before. A part of me, my biology and who I am. I was embraced and loved and it was new. That is not uncommon, many Transracial Adoptees don’t begin to truly form their identity in relation to their culture and ethnicity until they leave home and go to college. This is not OK. This should not be something a person discovers in college. The skin a person lives in should NEVER be something they are not comfortable or familiar in. Period.
The last piece LIT signifies is social work. I am a social worker. I am guided by literature, evidence based practice and the never ending process of learning and knowledge. Social work refined the skills I always had and has shaped me into being able to build a platform such as this.
Names are powerful and rooted. Names are also extremely significant to Adoptees. Adoptee LIT, LLC aims to truly own the adoption experience, and the chosen name is a reflection of that.
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