News & Blog

Here you can keep up with all of Amanda's latest news and events as well is blog posts on her thoughts and reflections about her work and the adoption community. Amanda will also be inviting guest writers and bloggers to share their work, projects and thoughts.

Mar 032013
 March 3, 2013  Posted by  Categories: Guest Writers Add Comment

In the future I will be inviting people to make posts about interesting work, events and perspectives to get you thinking. Watch this space.

Feb 192013
 February 19, 2013  Posted by  Categories: Guest Writers Add Comment

I first met Amanda in 2008 randomly at an adoption event in Hong Kong that we were both asked to speak at. I was a bushy tailed and wide eyed 26 year old HK/Vietnamese adoptee at the time. I had only just started to wonder into the adoption community. Amanda’s  insight, guidance & knowledge really helped me look at adoption realistically & fairly which allowed me to gain more clarity of my own place within the large adoption picture.

Since then our paths have continued to randomly cross with our involvement in HK/Chinese adoption communities despite her being based in the USA and myself in the UK. So when Amanda asked me to work with her to redesign & develop a new website, I jumped at the chance.

I am very glad to be able to help her bring together all her work into one place and really look forward to seeing how the new website grows with all aspects of her work.

Aug 242011
 August 24, 2011  Posted by  Categories: News & Blog Tagged with:  Add Comment

Handbook of AdoptionIntroducing a vital resource for those having personal or professional interest in adoption!!

The Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families
(2007, Sage Publications)

Edited by:
Rafael A. (Art) Javier, Ph.D., ABPP, St. John’s University
Amanda L. Baden, Ph.D., Montclair State University
Frank A. Biafora, Ph.D., St. John’s University
Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D., St. John’s University

While most mental health and behavioral health professionals have encountered adoption triad members—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons—in their clinical practice, the vast majority have had no formal or informal training on adoption issues. The Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families is the first book to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.

Key Features:

Includes contributions from nationally known experts: Prominent authors who are directly involved in adoption-related research and practice provide insight from personal and professional experience. Theory and real-life examples come together in the “Treatment Issues” and in the “Training and Education” sections of each chapter.

Reviews the major theoretical, historical, and research issues of adoption: The book begins by addressing the historical and theoretical issues surrounding adoption, thus providing the reader with a comprehensive review of the adoption landscape from past to present and setting the stage for topics addressed in the remainder of the book.

Reflects upon many issues affecting adoption triad members: The contributing authors address issues pertaining to transracial adoption; special issues in adoption such as foster care, single parents, and special needs; training and education issues; assessment and treatment issues; and much more.

This extensive resource is designed for researchers, practitioners, students and families interested in learning more about and working with adoption triad members. It will be particularly relevant in counselor education programs, departments of social work and policy, and marriage and family counseling programs which emphasize developing clinical skills with a variety of clients.

Aug 242011
 August 24, 2011  Posted by  Categories: News & Blog Tagged with:  Add Comment

Introducing, a new training curriculum that Dr. Amanda Baden authored for the incredible film and companion DVD, “Adopted.” This curriculum provides up to 12 hours of training for adoptive families and adoption professionals who view the film and companion DVD.

Go to for more information.

Feb 202011
 February 20, 2011  Posted by  Categories: News & Blog Add Comment

Ask the Girls was a project that ran between 2010-2011.  Parents and their children with a connection to adoption were invited to ask questions on the website to a number of  tween & teen adoptees. Thank you to all the people that took part in the project.


Presenting, a new feature on this website. You and your children can email us with questions you have and the girls will answer them. Got to the Ask the Girls page to view their profiles.

Do you have a question for one of the girls in this group? All of the girls involved were adopted from China. They range in age between 12 and 17 and they all live in New York City. They are interested in learning about all of you and they want to help you with any questions you might have.

Check out our new feature! Blogs are posted with questions sent in by visitors to this site (Ask the Girls – Questions page). The Girls/Teens are in the process of providing answers to these questions. You can find one answer on the Ask the Girls – Being Bullied page.