Privacy and Over-Sharing on the Internet: Our Webinar

My daughter Aselefech and I recently presented this Webinar about privacy and over-sharing by adoptive parents on the Internet. My thanks to Children’s Home Society and Family Services for hosting and sponsoring the webinar.

It’s such a complex topic, in these days when privacy seems a quaint notion, when parents are trying to share or learn about challenges and solutions, and when post-adoption services can be very hard to access, for a variety of reasons.

If you listen to the webinar, you’ll see our PowerPoint and you’ll hear Aselefech and me talking about the slides.  A list of sources that provides additional information is at the end. You will hear Angela Checco de Souza of CHSFS at the beginning and end; during the webinar, she also voiced questions that participants watching live had sent to her online.

I am sharing this not because I have all the answers, but because we need to keep having conversations in the adoption community about complex subjects like this. Also, having Aselefech’s insightful voice as an adult adoptee is extremely important. We hope you enjoy the webinar, and welcome your comments.


Oversharing About Adoption on the Internet

I’m looking forward to Thursday’s CHSFS webinar on privacy issues around adopted children’s stories on the Internet. Registration and other details are available here. Please join Aselefech and me (July 18, noon-1pm Central US, 10am Pacific US, 1pm eastern US, 8pm Ethiopia and FInland, 2am Korea.) Don’t see your time zone listed here? Check out a World Time Map. I love maps.


We’ve thought a lot about this topic, my daughter/co-presenter and I. We have finished the PowerPoint, and a couple of slides are included here. Sneak preview. There is so much to talk about and think about. It’s going to be a lively conversation.

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It’s complicated, but some things seem clear.

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If you are not able to join us, CHSFS will have the recorded webinar available. I wrote about the webinar previously here.

I plan to write further about the subject as well, because there are volumes to say about what, how much, and with whom adoptive parents should share information on the Internet–especially if the information belongs to an adopted child, who grows up to be an adult.