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Don't miss Barker's Meet & Greet with adult adoptee and author Denise Defoe on Wednesday, October 27 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM ET.

Receive a signed copy with your registration! 

Join us virtually to hear from Denise Defoe discuss her book "They Chose Me: An Adoption Story." Adopted at the age of 2 by a loving black family, Denise still struggled intensely with feelings of grief, abandonment, lack of self-identity, and resentment about being adopted. Denise shares her journey to healing, peace, contemplation of search and reunion, and exploration of tools to deal with the challenges of not knowing where she truly belonged. Participants will receive a signed copy of the book with their registration.

Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 7-8 PM ET
Where: Virtual
Fee: $50 per participant and includes a hard copy of the book signed by the author.

CEU credits are available. 

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More About The Book: They Chose Me: An Adoption Story and Author, Denise Defoe

The readers are taken on a decades-long odyssey filled with a variety of emotions stemming from her sense of abandonment. From grief, anger, and resentment, Denise came to a place of acceptance, forgiveness, and peace. She can now speak about this journey and serve as a consultant and advocate for adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents. 


Denise Defoe.pngDenise obtained her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Oakwood University in 2003. After college, Denise matriculated at the University of Alabama and earned her Masters's Degree in Social Work in 2004. To date, her crowning achievement has been the completion and release of her autobiography, "They Chose Me: An Adoption Story," released in June 2019. 

Event Type: 
Special Events
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Prospective Parent Project Wait No Longer-Older Child Adoption from Foster CareProspective Parent International AdoptionProspective Parent Domestic AdoptionAdoptive ParentAdult Adoptee

Date and Location

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Event Contact

Imani Mahdi

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