Stork and Cradle

The mission of Also-Known-As, Inc. is to empower the voice of adult international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees.

Speakers Bureau


Request a Speaker
Become a Speaker
Panel Topics
Contact Information

The Speakers Bureau is a service provided by the members of Also-Known-As, Inc. for those seeking to host panel discussions and seminars about issues of transcultural and inter-country adoption. Our panels are comprised of adult adoptees who speak from their own personal experiences.


Request a Speaker

Thank you for your interest in the Also-Known-As, Inc. Speakers Bureau program. Established in 1997, the Speakers Bureau was created to raise awareness of adult intercountry adoptee experiences by providing panel discussions and seminars to non-profit organizations, adoption agencies, parent support groups, culture camps, universities and schools.

Fees and Costs

For organizations with an annual budget under $40,000 per year:

3 Speakers (recommended) - $150.00
Additional Speaker - $25.00
Facilitator (optional) - $25.00

For organizations with an annual budget over $40,000 per year:

3 Speakers (recommended) - $300.00
Additional Speaker - $50.00
Facilitator (optional) - $50.00

Become a Speaker

Throughout the year, Also-Known-As participates in and conducts numerous panel discussions and coordinates additional special events and educational programming. We are often contacted by various groups when opinions and views are needed on the topic of adoption.

Since the inception of this program, Also-Known-As has collaborated with over 100 institutions and organizations to provide a unique perspective for those who wish to learn. Members who apply may be offering information to adoptive parents, students, community organizations and conferences.

We are currently seeking participants to fill a speaker pool, which the Bureau draws from as new events are scheduled. We ask that you complete the application as accurately as possible. We use this information to assemble panels of speakers with the broadest range of experiences and backgrounds as possible.

We should also note that submission of this application does not ensure that you will speak on a panel immediately, as scheduling is dependent on requests from external organizations. After we receive your application, you will receive a confirmation letter, a current listing of upcoming panels and some orientation material. We will further contact you as new panels are scheduled.

Please note that this is a volunteer position and you will not be compensated outside of travel expenses that will either be paid for in advance or reimbursed to you. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to working with you.

Panel Topics

The following is a descriptive list of topics that the Bureau has addressed in the past. They may be combined in any combination or explored singularly in detail.



Recommended For

Identity and Culture

Speakers guide the audience through their own struggles to define themselves and how being adopted from another culture affects their journey.

Adoptive Parents, Adoptee Youth, Agencies

Adoptees Within Their Own Culture

Exploring heritage within the context of adoption is one thing, but what happens when the time comes to interact with non-adoptees from the same ethnic culture? Adoptees talk about their experiences and their views on their place within their own culture.

Adoptive Parents, Cultural and Ethnic/Cultural Organizations

Race and Ethnicity in Childhood

How do you deal with the mature and complex issues of race and identity before you even know what they mean? Adult intercountry adoptees reflect upon their own experiences of being of a different race in their family and community.

Adoptive Parents, Adoptee Youth, Agencies

The Search for Self

The adoptee search for birth family is often perceived as the climax or resolution of the adoption experience. Adult adoptees share their own experiences searching, being found, not searching at all and the implications that these events all hold.

Adoptive Parents, Agencies, Adoptee Youth (Mature)

College and Leaving Home

Graduation from high school marks a transition to adulthood for many teenagers. Adult adoptees share their own experiences from the application process to graduation, all that goes on in between and a little bit beyond.

Adoptive Parents, Adoptee Youth

Dating and Relationships

Dating and relationships are common enough to us all. However, adoption places a unique spin to an age-old institution. Adoptees talk about their own experiences about how culture, race and family origin affect this.

Adoptive Parents, Adoptee Youth, Agencies

Returning to the Motherland

Returning to the country of your birth can be a powerful experience for an adoptee. Culture shock, false assumptions and lofty expectations can be challenging to deal with. Find out what to expect and how to prepare yourself before you go.

Adoptive Parents, Adult Adoptees, Adoptive Youth, Agencies


The Also-Known-As Speaker’s Bureau has previously worked with the following organizations:

  • Adoptive Parents Conference, New York
  • Asian American Alliance, Columbia University
  • Asian American International Film Festival
  • Camp Mujigae, Albany, NY
  • Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans
  • Korean American Students Association, Dartmouth College, Hannover, NH
  • ECAASU (East Coast Asian American Students Union)
  • Families with Children from China
  • Family and Childrens' Agency, New Haven, CT
  • Friends of Children Everywhere, Mineola, NY
  • Gladney Center for Adoption, Post-Adoption Services, New York, NY
  • International Adoptive Families, Albany, NY
  • Korean Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY)
  • Korean Cultural Service, New York, NY
  • Lambda Families, Montclair, NJ
  • MAASU (Midwest Asian American Students Union)
  • MaYi Theatre, New York, NY
  • Montclair State University
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)
  • NYU School of Social Work, NY
  • Rutgers University, NJ
  • Spence-Chapin, New York, NY
  • St. Johns University Biennial Adoption Conference
  • The Korea Society
  • The Korean Cultural Festival, Bernardsville, NJ
  • The Korean Students Association, Columbia University
  • Korean American Students of Yale Adopted Friends Picnic, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • YKAN, New York, NY

Contact Information
If you are interested in requesting a speaker or becoming a speaker, please contact Danny Maiuri <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>