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Finding Family, Whatever It Takes: A Night of Connection and Resiliency

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The Viva Center

1731 Connecticut Ave. NW

Suite 400

Washington, DC 20009

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Join us as we explore what it means to create "family" when life becomes complicated. This night of storytelling will highlight the importance of finding family in times of struggle and across diverse circumstances, such as adoption, recovery, loss, divorce, and immigration.

Hear excerpts from upcoming books by Zara Phillips (Somebody's Daughter) and Nicole Burton (Adamson's 1969), and enjoy performance art touching on the themes of family, loss, and connection. It's the perfect way to reflect on how healing together makes us stronger.

Light refreshments will be served. This event will be moderated by Dr. Julie Lopez, founder of The Viva Center and the Resilient Brain Project.

Part 2 of our event, during which guests are invited to join peer discussions on immigration, adoption, divorce, the LGBTQ+ experience, and recovery, can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-family-whatever-it-takes-breakout-groups-tickets-51591145505

ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS

Nicole Burton is the author of over twenty plays, including Fred and Frieda and Starman, Wish Me Luck. Her screen treatment for Southwest Remembered, a film about urban renewal in Southwest Washington, D.C. won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Documentary. An adult adoptee, Nicole is the author of a reunion memoir, Swimming Up the Sun.

Zara H. Phillips is a renowned author, speaker, and songwriter, but behind her success lies a complicated journey involving her own adoption as a baby, drug and alcohol addiction, and her struggle to find both her birth parents and her true identity. Hard-hitting and emotional, Zara's memoir explores the needs of adopted children and the true journey it takes to find where you belong.

Julie Lopez, PhD, is on a crusade to empower the community about mental health and happiness. Founder of the Viva Center, a trauma-informed practice specializing in advanced, brain-based therapies, and the Resilient Brain Project, a free online mental health hub, Julie is committed to eradicating mental health stigma.


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