RHONDA M. ROORDA

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SPEAKING APPEARANCES 

Rhonda will be making appearances in locations throughout the U.S. and in Europe to promote her latest book, In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption and the Simon-Roorda books on Transracial Adoption. She will also be speaking about race, adoption, and identity issues impacting especially adoptive and multiracial families living in a world that is still divided. Her itinerary is in the process of being developed.  The following dates and events in 2017 have been confirmed…

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017, HICKORY, NC

3rd Annual Adoption Connect, Expect, Reflect Conference                                                 Sponsored by Catawba County Social Services, Family Builders of Catawba Valley, and Corinth Reformed Church

Date: November 11, 2017                                                                                                                        Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM

Location: Corinth Reformed Church, 150 16th Avenue, NW, Hickory, NC 28601

This is a FREE Event.

To Register Click here.

SUNDAY-TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29-31, 2017, COLUMBUS, OH

Second Nurture Adoption Retreat

Date: October 29-31

Venue: Dave Thomas Foundation: 7720 Rivers Edge Drive, Suite 245                                 Columbus, OH

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017, BELLAIRE, MI

Michigan Department Of Health & Human Services 2017 Statewide Adoption Worker Conference (MDHHS)

Date:   August 21-22

Tuesday, August 22: Transracial Adoption
“Why Race and Culture Matter In Transracial Adoption”

Location:
Shanty Creek Resorts
5780 Shanty Creek Road
Bellaire, MI 49615

For More Information Click here.

SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2017, SOMERSET CENTER, MI

Kamp Kurat – 4th Annual Ethiopian Heritage Camp Weekend

Date:   July 27-30

Sunday, July 30: Transracial Adoption
“After a busy Saturday, Sunday moves at a slower pace. Parents and older children are welcome to attend an interactive discussion about race with our guest speaker Rhonda Roorda. Younger children can choose between crafts or soccer game followed by our closing circle. There might be time for a little swimming or lunch before 1:00 checkout. Like Kamp Kurat on Facebook for activity updates as the weekend gets closer!” ~Kamp Kurat

Location:

Somerset Beach Campground
9822 Brooklawn Court
Somerset Center, MI 49282

For More Information Click here.

THURSDAY- SATURDAY, JULY 20-22, 2017, ATLANTA, GA

43rd Annual Adoption Conference & Award Ceremony Of The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

*Rhonda Roorda is a Recipient of the 2017 NACAC Friend Of Children And Youth Award and will be accepting this Award at the Ceremony Luncheon on Saturday, July 22.

Location:

Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta, GA 30303

To Register Click here.

THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017, NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

A New Way Adoption Agency in Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Date: June 7-8

*Rhonda will be meeting with Adult adoptees and families in Nijmegen on Wednesday, June 7.  The actual event is on June 8.

This event is an educational conference/meeting on transracial adoption. It is a popular event and space is a premium.

If you are in The Netherlands, please register with A New Way. (www.anw.nl)

More details to follow…..

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017, NOVI, MI

Parents Of African American Students in Novi (P.A.A.S.N.)

Transracial Adoption: A Presentation and Discussion on Transracial Adoption Featuring Author & Adoptee Rhonda Roorda and Adoptive Mother & Blogger Sharon Florance Trumpy

Date and Time:
Wednesday, April 26 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location:
Novi Public Library
45255 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi, MI 48375

FREE Event

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017, CHARLOTTE, NC

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services- Youth and Family Services Division

5th Annual Adoption Conference
Adoption: The Journey to Permanence
~Strengthening the Quilt One Patch at a Time~

Date and Time:
Friday, April 21, 2017 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location:
University Hilton Charlotte Place
8629 J M Keynes Dr., Charlotte, NC 28262

For More Information Click here.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017, HICKORY CORNERS, MI

Woven By Love – Adoptive Mom’s Retreat (February 10-12, 2017)

Time: Rhonda will be speaking on Saturday for 2 sessions.

Location: Gull Lake Ministries – 1800 Burlington Drive, Hickory Corners, MI

For More Information Click here.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017, CINCINNATI, OH

Diverse Voices In Transracial Adoption: Discussion and Book Signing

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Location: Mayerson JCC – 8487 Ridge Road, Cincinnati

Cost For Event:  FREE for Celebrate Adoption Members & Family

Nonmembers: Individual $15, families $25

Babysitting: available at JPlay for $3/hr per child, but reservations must be submitted in advance with your RSVP.

RSVP to Nikki Mayhew, npmayhew@gmail.com by Thursday, 2/2. Hurry! Space is limited!

*Event sponsored by Celebrate Adoption.

For more information, click here.

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2015-2016

Saturday, November 14, 2015, Silver Spring , MD

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Private Residence –  Invitation Only

POSTPONED: Sunday, November 15, 2015, Bethesda, MD

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

The Barker Adoption Foundation
7979 Old Georgetown Road
First Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814

Call for more information: 301-664-9664.

Saturday, December 5, 2015, Grand Rapids, MI

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Calvin College Campus Book Store
3201 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Event Contact Mary Gabrielse at (616) 526-7050.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Grand Rapids, MI

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Pacific Time Zone)

FREE event.

Calvin College
3201 Burton St. SE
Covenant Fine Arts Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Find event details and directions online by clicking on: http://calvin.edu/calendar/event.html?id=e397b33a-cfaa-419e-897c-a7eee44a0a0b.

Event Contact Susan Buist at (616) 526-8520 or alumni@calvin.edu with additional questions.

Friday, February 26, 2016, Bellingham, WA

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Pacific Time Zone)

FREE event.

Village Books
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Event Contact (360) 671-2626, villagebooks.com for more information.

Sunday, February 28, 2016, Seattle, WA

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone)

The Adoptive Friends and Families of Greater Seattle (AFFGS)

FREE For AFFGS Members; $5 for Non-Members.

Location: University Presbyterian Church

Calvin Lounge (first floor, big corner room)

4540 15th Avenue, NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Event Contact (425) 243-7725; http://m.bpt.me/event/2497049 to register.

Teens and pre-teens are welcome in the audience.  Supervised Childcare is available in a separate room – $10 for 1 child; $15 for 2 or more children.  For children Ages 1-12.  Space is limited to 20 children, please register in advance for child care.

Rhonda will be discussing her experience growing up as a transracial adoptee and will read from her latest book “In Their Voices-Black Americans on Transracial Adoption.” She will also be signing books-we will have books at the event available for purchase. More details soon and sign up on Brown Paper Tickets.

RESCHEDULED: Saturday, March 19, 2016, Rockville, MD

Barker’s Adoption Foundation’s 22nd Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Early Bird Fee until 2/26/16: $90/Individual, $155/couple

Location: The Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center

9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Event Contact Kathleen Porter, 301-664-9664 for more information.

Register

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Livonia, MI

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time Zone)

Madonna University Author’s Event

Author Visit & Book Signing
Join us as we welcome Rhonda Roorda, author of: In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoptions, to the library Tuesday March 29th at 6:00 p.m. Roorda was adopted into a white family and raised with two non-adopted siblings. She is a national speaker on transracial adoption and a recipient of the Judge John P. Steketee Adoption Hero Award from the Adoptive Family Support Network (Mich.)

For more information go to: http://library.madonna.edu/pdf/Rhonda_Roorda.pdf

Saturday, June 11, 2016, Ann Arbor, MI

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time Zone)

The Adoptive Friends Support Network (AFSN) Adoption Discussion

FREE Event

Location:  Zion Lutheran Church

1501 West Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

For more information go to:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15b3Hy4ixMmID0PNzwQyboah4FA4rHkL0DK5lIRmuW_M/viewform?c=0&w=1

Saturday, August 13, 2016, Southfield, MI

Time:     9:30a.m – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time Zone)

Orchards Children’s Services Post Adoption Resource Center (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) All-Day Transracial Adoption Workshop

Location:     Orchards Children’s Services

24901 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 500                                                                                             Southfield, MI 48075

A light breakfast, and lunch will be provided to you at no cost.

Childcare is available on a limited basis.

Please RSVP to Jenny at 248-530-7540