What is Adopteen?
You'll see these three words everywhere. Adopteen is all about celebrating eachother as individuals and as a community, inspiring fellow adoptees and friends in the larger community around us, and taking pride in where we have been, where we are right now, and where we're going. Plain and simple.
Adopteen’s vision has always been threefold:
- To provide a unique space for teen and young adult adoptees to share and grow without adult interference, perceived or otherwise
- To provide a variety of programs geared specifically towards the adoption community in the effort of strengthening our community and ourselves
- To ensure that anyone who wants to participate in Adopteen is able to do so, without hesitation
Started in 2007, Adopteen is a community founded by teens, organized by adoptees, for adoptees, as a reaction to the lack of Chinese adoptee role models and community in our lives, at the time. We are the young adult adoptee "culture" focused on the young adult adoptee experience, having a responsibly irresponsible amount of fun, living loud and doing good.
Our name says "teen", but our original team is now in their 20's and aren't planning on stopping any time soon. Adopteen is a community and a family. You can be 37 or 14, but as long as you're here, you will forever be Adopteen. It's both weird and wonderful! #AFL (Adopteen for life)
Going to your first Adopteen Chicago Hangout?
Here's what to expect!
Adopteen Chapters host hangouts - quick 2-4 hour opportunities to hang out and have a good time with some new friends. Shoot a quick email to email@example.com to be put on our mailing list and hear about opportunities coming up in your area.
Want to coordinate a Chapter in your area?
We do have a set of requirements for anyone interested in being a coordinator:
- You're an adoptee
- You're at least 18 years old
- You have at least ten hours a month to dedicate to Adopteen for at least a year
Incoming Coordinators will need to pay a one-time fee of $67.50 plus an additional local fingerprinting fee (usually ~$10) to cover the cost of a background check (Note: if you have been a Camp-Conference leader in the last three years, you may be exempt from this fee).
Does that all sound like you? Awesome! Take a deeper dive in what it takes to be a coordinator with our Coordinator Flyer - if it sounds good to you, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!