KEVIN D. HOFMANN
CONSULTANT IN ADOPTION
Lived as a minority in my own family. Experienced life as part of the majority while living in a black neighborhood in Detroit. Also experienced life as a minority living in a white neighborhood in Detroit. Life has been my greatest teacher.
A VINE APPOINTMENT PUBLISHING CO.
Author, Public Speaker, and Consultant in Adoption
Responsible for writing, publishing, and promoting, Growing Up Black In White, and have been given the opportunity to speak all over the United States sharing my experiences and expertise.
ADOPT AMERICAN NETWORK Toledo, Ohio
Assist with post adoptive services and monthly support group as well as organizing annual fundraising Creating Special Homes Auction.
COURT APPOINTED SOCIAL ADVOCATE(CASA)
Helping abused and neglected children find safe permanent homes and reporting back to the court as to what is in the best interest of the child.
Blogger for Adoption.com, internet
Write a blog on transracial adoption and/or adoption.
ADOPT AMERICA NETWORK Toledo,Ohio
Serving on workgroup to design ways to provide pre/post adoptive services to other agencies.
SPIRIT OF FAITH ADOPTION AGENCY Toledo Ohio.
Conduct quarterly training for agency and adoptive parents on cultural needs of transracial adoptees.
July 2010 PACT Adoption Camp, San Francisco ,California
Served on several panels at camp sharing my experiences and offering advice to transracial families.
August 2010 NORTH AMERICAN COUNCIL ON ADOPTABLE CHILDREN CONFERENCE HartfordConnecticut
Presented a 2 hour training session with Astrid Debenni, Director of Adoption Mosaic, entitled, “Who Owns Your Child’s Culture,” to adoptive parents and professionals.
August 2010 Kevinhofmann.com Toledo,Ohio
Began initial class, Elephant Eating 101 with blog subscribers. Designed and administered a 4 week interactive course via internet on connecting transracial adoptees with their culture. Inaugural class included 12 families from all over theUnited States.
September 2010 ADOPTION CROSSROADS CONFERENCE New York, New York
Presenter—“Transracial Adoption; Not so Black and White.”
The National Association of Black Social Workers has called transracial adoption genocide, are they right? I explore what needs to be done in transracial adoption to prevent it from being genocide.
November 2010, Adopt America Network, Toledo,Ohio
Transracial Adoption Panel ,Why Doesn’t Any One In My Family Look Like Me?
Panel discussion with fellow transracial adoptees, Rhonda Roorda, and Ola Zuri.
December 2010 Lourdes University Toledo, Ohio
Began an ongoing relationship withLourdesCollegepresenting to several social work classes about my experience as a transracial adoptee and the importance of cultural competence.
February 2011 Transracial Family Support Group, Columbus, Ohio
Open discussion on transracial adoption with Rhonda Roorda
February 2011 Adoption Connections, Cincinatti, Ohio
Presented to a large group of parents and professionals
March 2011 Chicago Area Families For Adoption Conference, Chicago, Illinois
Presenting Transcultural 10 workshop
May 2011 Ties That Bind Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
Presenting Transcultural 10 workshop and Cultural Connection Plan workshop
May 2011 Bethany Christian Services International National Convention, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Presenting Transcultural 10 and Cultural Connection Plan workshops
July 2011 African-Caribbean Culture Camp, Denver Colorado
Gave keynote address, My Hierarchy of Superheroes and The Creation of My Racial Identity, as well as sat in on two panel discussions one for adoptive families and one for teen adoptees.
October 2011 Texas Foster Families Association Annual Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas
Presenting closing Keynote address and Transcultural 10 and Cultural Connection Plan workshops.
November 2011, Hands Across The Water International Adoption Agency, Ann Arbor Michigan
Training: The Transracial Ten
February 2012 Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio
Keynote Address as part of Black History Month Celebration–His Words, My Life- A reflective look back on my struggle against racism and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
March 2012 Lourdes University- Sylvania, Ohio
Presenting the keynote address, My Hierarchy of Superheroes and The Creation of My Racial Identity
March 2012—Nightline ABC—Featured on Nightline ABC in a piece about Transracial Adoption.
Worked closely with ABC producer, Eric Johnson, to organize, consult , and locate other families in Northwest, Ohio willing to participate in a piece on transracial adoption. As a result the the two day shoot was completed and shot in Toledo, Ohio, and from concept to completion only took 15 days.
March 2012—Ferris State University—Big Rapids, Michigan
Keynote address for Social Sciences Colloquium–Separation Anxiety: The Life-Long Effects of Being Relinquished
March 2012–Big Rapids Middle School, Big Rapids, Michigan
Keynote Address: Bullying; It’s not about the Bully
February 2013–Chicago Area Families For Adoption Chicago, Illinois
Keynote Address: An Open Conversation between an adoptive mom, birth mom and an adoptee;
Workshop: Racial Identity Development: Research and My Experience.
Growing Up Black In White is being used as a supplemental text in several multicultural courses at Lourdes University, Sylvania Ohio
Nightline ABC—Featured on Nightline ABC in a piece about Transracial Adoption.
Other University presentations:
Spring Arbor University–Spring Arbor, Michigan–Multicultural class
WayneState University—DetroitMichigan–Social Work class
Bowling GreenStateUniversity–Bowling Green,Ohio Multicultural Class
Ferris Statue University—Social Science Colloquium