Past Speakers

  Jaclyn Skalnik – 2017, 2018, 2019

Jaclyn returned based on the overwhelming requests of the Camp China 2017 parents.  Jaclyn is the founder of Adoption Wellness ( and is also a transracial, internationally adopted person. Jaclyn earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin. She has assisted adoptive families throughout their adoption process for nearly two decades. She has presented at global conferences on matters concerning adoption and is passionate about counseling adopted persons and adoptive families seeking support. Other professional experiences include international adoption related travel throughout Asia and Latin America, homeland travel with adoptive families, and advocating on behalf of children who deserve permanency in a loving, healthy family. She was a very popular speaker at a previous Camp China.

  Jean MacLeod

Jean MacLeod, author of “At Home in This World” and contributing co-editor of “Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections”, is the Social Media Specialist for Oakland Schools and a free-lance writer who has been published in Adoptive Families Magazine, Adoption TODAY Magazine and in the adoption essay books “Passage to the Heart and Finding Happiness”.
Jean was the year-long guest columnist of a monthly adoption-parenting column for Children’s Hope International, and the newsletter editor for Tapestry Books. She has developed and facilitated a series of parent education workshops on attachment, homeland trips, tween/teen issues, life narratives, and the lifelong core issues of adoptees.

  Erin Nasmyth – 2022

Erin is a licensed clinical social worker and the Executive Director and co-founder of the Adoption Support Alliance (ASA). Erin first became passionate about adoption during high school, when her family was living overseas and she had the opportunity to volunteer at orphanages in China and Vietnam. Her career has focused on work in the foster care system and child mental health, ultimately preparing her to establish ASA for the long-term support of adoptive families. For more information visit:…/member…

  Andrea Louie – 2022

Andrea is a Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University, where she founded and formerly directed the Asian Pacific American Studies Program. She is the author of How Chinese Are You?: Adopted Chinese Youth and Their Families Negotiate Identity and Culture (NYU Press, 2015). For more information visit:

  Grace Newton – 2022

Grace Newton is a public adoptions social worker in Wisconsin. Her status as a Chinese transracial adoptee drives her passion and authenticity in her personal, professional, and academic work related to adoption. She has authored the critical adoption blog, Red Thread Broken, for the past 9 years, has facilitated numerous teen and young adult adoptee support groups, and is currently an advisory council member for the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network Conference. For more information visit:

  Dr. Changfu Chang

Changfu Chang is a U.S.-based award-winning filmmaker. Over the past two decades, he has directed and produced a dozen acclaimed documentaries including Love Without Boundaries, Illicit: The Dark Trade, Long Wait For Home, The Invisible Red Thread, The Confucius Village, Ricki’s Promise, and Meet Me On The Bridge. His decade-long film series on international adoption that explores a wide range of issues surrounding Chinese culture, politics, and international transracial adoption, has been screened extensively throughout Asia, North America, Europe, and Australia.

  Kay Bratt

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