Event Description

November Maria Event (2).png

Parenting through the teen years may be hard, but there are brighter days ahead. Join an intimate conversation with Guatemalan Adult Adoptee, Maria Navarro and her mother Kathy on Tuesday, November 16 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM ET as they share their journey and tools that can help strengthen your family.

Join us virtually to hear an intimate conversation with Maria Navarro, an adult adoptee from Guatemala & her mother, Kathy as they share the hardships of their relationship through turbulent adolescence and what helped them overcome challenges to a healthy relationship into adulthood. Maria and Kathy will answer use half of the session time for Q & A (questions submitted in advance during your registration is preferred) and provide hope to families experiencing their own unique challenges.

Date: Tuesday, November 16
Time: 7-8 PM ET
Where: Virtual
Fee: $35

Register Now!

Trigger Warnings: 

Maria's conversation and story mention abuse, drugs & alcohol, and self-harm. Nothing in-depth, but participants should be mindful of sensitivity to the topic. 

 

More About Maria

My name is Maria. I was born January 7, 1989, or so I am told and I am 32 years old. I currently go by Maria Eugenia, the name I was given in Guatemala. I am currently living in Framingham, Massachusetts with my husband and two dogs. I am a musician, aerialist, a teacher, and many things in between. I graduated from Framingham State University and currently work in a public school teaching children with autism as an ABA Technician.

I came home to Buffalo, NY when I was 18 months old. I grew up in a family of 4 and had a wonderful life- for the most part. My life was not easy due to the internal battle I was facing in my head and my heart. I suffered multiple mental health issues and physical health issues. With a lot of support, I was able to overcome many obstacles in my life with my mental illness and alcoholism. I credit a huge part of my recoveries to the adult adoptee community I met a few years ago. After meeting some adult adoptees like myself, I along with some others created the group “Adoptees with Guatemalan Roots”. A community for adult adoptees to share their stories, build community, and grow as individuals. Our goal is to help others connect with others like themselves.

 Teaching my students and sharing my story with the younger generation of adoptees and their families has become my passion. My passion for teaching came from the joy i found in the eyes of children. The laughter and unconditional love helped me grow as a person. The loneliness I felt in my heart most of my young life inspired me to start sharing my story with the adoption community. I vowed I would never let a child feel the way I did. I continue to share my story to let the younger generation know that they are not alone and everything they feel is valid. I continue to share my story to help my own heart heal. I am proud to be on this journey of self-discovery and growth while helping others on their journeys.

 

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

Date and Location

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Time Zone: 
Eastern
Location/Venue: 
Virtual

Event Contact

Melissa Herendeen
mherendeenbarkerfoundation.org
301-664-9664

Registration Information

Registration is required?: 
Yes
Registration is Open?: 
Yes
Fee: 
$35