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EDUCATIONAL WEBINARS

(held on the first Sunday of each month at noon pacific time)

We invite speakers from all over the world to discuss their areas of expertise on issues pertaining to misattributed parentage.

All RTK Webinars are recorded and later accessible to the public. RTK reserves the right to use the webinars for any purpose. 

Save the Dates

  • Sept 25 – Mentor Training, Alesia
  • Oct 23 – Let’s Talk Advocacy, Speakers TBD
  • Nov 20 – The Intersection of Ethics and the Right to Know Your Genetic Identity, Speakers TBD
  • Dec 18 – Topic: TBD, Speakers TBD

MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY & CONNECTION

(held on the first Sunday of each month at noon pacific time)

Join us to strengthen community and connection with a licensed therapist who guides discussion on am MPE-focused theme. 

These events are not recorded.

Save the Dates

Webinar: Sunday Sept 25 - noon pm PST / 3:00 pm EST

New mentor training

Each week Right to Know receives requests for assistance through our hotline or online. People reach out to have someone who will listen to their journey, for assistance with identifying family, help finding a therapist, or to be paired with a mentor. We try to pair people with someone who had a similar experience and is further along in their journey.
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MentorTraining
AlesiaWebb

Alesia is the co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at Right to Know. She is a retired RN, Army Veteran, and blog writer. She is a leading advocate for people with an MPE community, most of whom were impacted by a DNA surprise. Her activism includes informal counseling, search angel work (helping people find relatives), vetting and providing referrals to informed and responsible therapists, and spearheading legislation in support of the human right to know one’s genetic identity. Alesia has first-hand knowledge of what it means to have an MPE due to her own DNA surprise in 2014, when she was shocked to learn that the man who’d raised her was not her genetic father. It took Alesia four years of research to discover her biological father’s identity — and by then, unfortunately, he passed. She also learned of patterns within her paternal family’s medical history that would have saved her decades of hardship and heartache if only she’d known of them earlier. For these reasons and many others, she is devoted to doing everything in her power to spare others from the suffering she endured

I understand that finding a family member through adoption search/reunion or DNA discovery is just the beginning of the journey, not the endpoint. The emotional reactions come in layers, and I can help you work through each complex feeling, question of identity, and relationship as we revise your personal narrative to include this new information.” With over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist specializing in families created through adoption and third-party reproduction, Joni Mantell, LCSW, Founder and Director of the Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center, is also personally privy to the complexities of genetic bewilderment having undergone her own surprising DNA discovery: that she, herself, was donor conceived. The unique juxtaposition of her professional specialties and personal story—allowing her insight from both the perspective of expert and subject—has given her a deep understanding and passion for working with individuals and families navigating the intricate emotional, identity, self-esteem, and relationship issues related to adoption, donor conception, or other unexpected family matches (NPE).

Community & Connection: Sunday Oct 9th, noon pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern Time

TOPIC: Mindfulness Practices to Cope with your MPE

Join Jason Hobbs, LCSW, MDiv, as he leads us in a discussion of how to use mindfulness practices to help you cope with your DNA surprise. We will learn a few basic mindfulness practices, how these practices help us self-regulate when stressed or worried, and consider how a “present moment” focus can help when we remember the wounds of the past or the worries about the future.

Jason is a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia in an outpatient mental health clinic. He has been in private practice for fifteen years in addition to having worked in hospice and homeless services. Jason also pastored a small United Methodist congregation near Savannah for three years. Jason’s own journey with a DNA discovery came three years ago, just as he was publishing a book about the father he knew. He and his wife are also transracial adoptive parents. He has led mindfulness training groups in his practice using Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. He has been trained in Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy in addition to other therapeutic modalities.