Adoptee Connections

Adopteen

For Teenaged Adoptees, By Teenaged Adoptees

About

Adopteen is focused on providing positive and empowering, in-person connection spaces for teenaged adoptees to celebrate, inspire, and take pride in themselves and one another. 100% organized and led by teen and young adult adoptees, for teen and young adult adoptees, Adopteen events are priceless, precious experiences that are very close to our hearts. There’s nothing quite like it!
 
Adopteen Camp-Conferences are joyful, jam-packed events that allow adoptees from all walks of life to spend authentic time together, exploring a new city, learning from each other, and mapping out new adventures on this crazy adoption journey.

Adopteen Camp-Conference – Washington, D.C.

$850/Camper*

Adopteen is coming back to Washington, D.C. in 2024 and we are SO excited! It’s been 8 years since we were last in the beautiful Capitol. We cannot wait to make new memories and revisit our favorite spots with new friends. Join us for five days and four nights of pure, patriotic bliss. 
 
*Registration Fee covers ALL camp transportation, activities, accommodations, and meals. 15% discount for siblings.
 
Registration Deadline: May 24, 2024

Adopteen Camp-Conference – Colorado Springs, CO

$925/camper*

Taking us closer to some of our most favorite scenic spots and revisiting one of our favorite campuses (shoutout 2019!), you know we’re ready to keep the good times going with six days and five nights of vibes on vibes on vibes in the good ol’ Rocky Mountains. 
 
*Registration Fee covers ALL camp transportation, activities, accommodations, and meals. 15% discount for siblings.
 
Registration Deadline: June 14, 2024

Upcoming Events

We have TWO Adopteen Camp-Conferences scheduled for 2024!

Come one, come all—We cannot wait to see everyone!

Event Staff

Adopteen Event Staff are the captains of every beautiful Adopteen Camp-Conference ship. Sure, they are the stamps of approval, the final decision, the swing vote…but they’re also everyone’s main contact, the late-night superheroes, and the greatest humans on Earth. No big deal.

Leadership Team

A superhero team of adoptees making it possible for adoptees around the world to share in celebration, inspiration, and pride.

Leadership Committee

The Adopteen Leadership Committee is the team of volunteers that plans, promotes, and supports all that is Adopteen Camp-Conference. They are the camp counselors, the party-starters, the truest of homies, and overall lifesavers and we could never do what we do without them.

Adopteen Staff Team

Chloe Deskin

Camp Director

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Chloe Deskin

Camp Director

Hi everyone, my name is Chloe and I am proud to be your Camp Director for both Adopteen camps this summer! I started Adopteen in 2013, and have been a part of many different Adopteen leadership committees, but this is my first time stepping into the role of Camp Director – I couldn’t be more excited!

I was adopted when I was 11 months from Guangxi, China and grew up in Denver, CO.  I now live in Los Angeles and am currently pursuing my Master’s in Psychology at Pepperdine University. In my spare time I love to take naps, try new cafes in LA, and hang out with friends. What I love about Adopteen the most is that it is a place you can be your most authentic self without feeling judged, meet people with similar experiences, and have fun. I can’t wait to meet you all this summer! 🙂

Grace Roane-Hopkins

Washington, D.C. Assistant Camp Director

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Grace Roane-Hopkins

Washington, D.C. Assistant Camp Director

Hey everyone, my name is Grace! I was adopted from Nanjing, China, but grew up in Pennsylvania. My first involvement with Adopteen was the 2014 Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip, which was such a fun and memorable experience. I was also at the 2014 San Diego Camp-Conference as a committee member! I’m so excited to reconnect with this amazing organization and be a part of the 2024 Washington D.C. Camp Conference!

A little bit about me, I graduated from college in 2020 and actually currently work/live in D.C as a travel nurse (and I can’t say enough good things about this area!). I love to travel, workout, and find new yummy food spots! So excited to meet you all this summer! 🙂 

Natalie Schneider

Colorado Assistant Camp Director

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Natalie Schneider

Colorado Assistant Camp Director

Hi friends! 

My name is Natalie Schneider and I am a Chinese adoptee living just north of Denver! I’m a Regis University graduate with a degree in Communication and I’ve been boppin’ around the Adopteen community since 2013, as well as growing up attending other adoption camps and events since I was a little kid. I love plants, reading and cooking as well as photography, which I am trying to get back into this year! I’m thrilled to be back with Adopteen this summer as Assistant Camp Director and I am looking forward to meeting all of you super cool humans! 

Adopteen Leadership Committee

Hannah Bouska

Washington, D.C. Committee

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Hannah Bouska

Washington, D.C. Committee

Hi there! My name is Hannah Bouska, and I’m a graduate from Colorado State University! Since graduating, I’ve been working hard at my job as a tenth grade English teacher and literacy specialist. I was adopted from Guangdong, China when I was seven months old and have been lucky enough to spend most of my life in Boulder, CO. In my free time, I love reading, spending time in the sun, listening to podcasts, going to the gym, playing soccer, and hanging out with my friends. I love cats, painting, SZA, and rescuing worms from the sidewalk after rain.

I’ve been involved in Adopteen since my first conference in 2015 (San Diego, baby!) and was lucky enough to attend the Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip in 2019. This summer, I’m most excited to return to a leadership role in a community that is near and dear to my heart. Most of all, I hope to be the type of role model I needed when I was a teen and to create a loving, positive community for young people in the adoption community.

Joy Bunch

Washington, D.C. & Colorado Committee Member

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Joy Bunch

Washington, D.C. & Colorado Committee Member

Hiya everyone! My name is Joy, I am currently based in Missouri and I was born in Hong Kong! I have been apart of Adopteen since 2018, Minneapolis being my first camp conference as a camper! I transitioned into committee during the 2020 virtual camp, so I am sure if you are a returning camper, we have crossed paths! If you are a new camper, I’m ready to make some new friends!

Some fun anecdotes about me, I have a Graphic Design degree but also specialize in Jewelry, so one of my side hobbies is silver smithing! Anyone who knows me also know I am a big K-pop lover and I have been running a small kpop business out of my home since sophmore year of college. Please feel free to come to me to chat anything K-pop, I can yap about it all day. I am also quite the concert goer, all genres not just Kpop! However, don’t be fooled by my extrovert like personality. I am in fact an introvert which just means I enjoy my alone time haha, but my social battery is fully charged and ready for camp!! I can’t wait to make some fun memories with you all!! 🙂

Kaiya Tomasik

Colorado Committee Member

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Kaiya Tomasik

Colorado Committee Member

Hi everyone! My name is Kaiya and I’m adopted from Jiangxi, China! I’m from Orlando, Florida and I am currently a senior studying cellular neuroscience at FAU. I love learning about the brain, and my ultimate goal is to go to medical school and become a neurologist! I have been involved with Adopteen since 2017 and immediately fell in love! 

I love my many animals at home and playing video games in my free time. You can also find me reading books (I absolutely love reading). Avocados are my favorite fruit, sloths are my favorite animals and they will forever have a special place in my heart! I am mostly looking forward to building strong relationships and unforgettable friendships with everyone!!! Can’t wait to meet you all!

Karson Case

Colorado Committee Member

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Karson Case

Colorado Committee Member

Hello hello! My name is Karson, and I am your favorite viral superstar. I am from Centennial, Colorado but currently reside in Orange County, California. I am studying Editing for Film and Television Production at Chapman University and couldn’t be more in love with it. I was adopted from Jiangxi, China, and have fallen in love with Adopteen Camp Conferences ever since I attended in 2018. This will be my 2nd time on Committee and 6th Conference overall! When not immersed in projects, I can be found watching Drag Race, playing board games, and taking a well-deserved nap. I am beyond excited to be at the Colorado Springs Conference and I can’t wait to see you there!

Lian McGuane

Washington, D.C. Committee Member

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Lian McGuane

Washington, D.C. Committee Member

Hola hola! My name is Lian and I am bilingual, but not in Chinese. I was adopted from Hunan, China and I grew up and currently live in Binghamton, NY. I graduated SUNY Broome and Geneseo University with an associate’s degree in Physical Therapy and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Spanish. My interests and hobbies are constantly changing but I love watching anime and reality TV shows, playing video games on my Switch, exploring new parks, and going on long hikes, runs, and bike rides to relax. Some fun facts about me are that I studied in Spain, rode horses competitively, and have 4 pets!  

I’ve been involved with Adopteen since 2017 North Carolina, and loved it so much I returned for 2018 Minnesota and 2019 Colorado! The following years I was busy at college but I’m excited for my return this summer and hope to create the welcoming and safe space I experienced back at my first Adopteen where I finally felt a sense of belonging! 

Maddox Ciesluk

Washington, D.C. & Colorado Committee Member

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Maddox Ciesluk

Washington, D.C. & Colorado Committee Member

Hey, I’m Maddox Ciesluk! Adopted from Hanzhong, China, at age 6, I’ve been involved with Adopteen since 2017, transitioning from camper to leader in 2020. Currently, I’m studying Culinary Science & Product Development at Johnson & Wales University. My dream? To innovate in the food industry or open a restaurant. Cooking and eating are my passions, but cleanup? Not so much. I also enjoy gaming, movies, anime, music, and food talk. Let’s make this experience great for everyone! We’re in for a blast!

Maddy Buetow

Colorado Committee Member

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Maddy Buetow

Colorado Committee Member

Hi everyone, my name is Maddy and I was adopted from Guangzhou, China, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and (just recently) moved to Denver, Colorado! I graduated from UW-Madison and currently work as an associate at a strategy and technology consulting firm. 

Last year was the first time I was involved with Adopteen and have since been attending more adoptee and asian-centric events to explore more of my culture and heritage. In my free time, I enjoy painting, biking, reading, and especially traveling – last year, I was fortunate enough to visit six different countries! A fun fact about me is that I’m learning Russian. 

This summer I’m looking forward to seeing new and old faces and creating some amazing memories with an amazing community!

Malia Recker

Colorado Committee Member

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Malia Recker

Colorado Committee Member

Hello everyone! I’m Malia Recker, and I’m delighted to share a bit about myself with all of you. Born in Anqing, China, I was adopted at the age of 9 months and grew up in the beautiful landscapes of Grand Junction, Colorado. Currently, I’m finishing up my third year at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where I’m majoring in applied mathematics with a concentration in computer science, and minoring in women’s and gender studies. My journey with Adopteen started as a camper in 2019 and 2021, and last year I had the fantastic opportunity to serve on the committee. It was an enriching experience that profoundly impacted me, allowing me to forge countless connections.

When I’m not buried in homework, you can catch me hitting the slopes, scaling rocks, camping under the stars, or thrifting cool finds. I also enjoy spending quality time with friends and family and I’m a sucker for sour candy and popcorn! Serving on the camp committee last year was amazing, and I am thrilled about the prospect of bringing even more energy and fun to Colorado Springs! See you there!

Mary Govan

Washington, D.C. Committee Member

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Mary Govan

Washington, D.C. Committee Member

Hello everybody! My name is Mary Govan and I was adopted from Hubei, China. I am currently a first-year at St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a major in Psychology and minors in Special Education and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. I have been a part of Adopteen since 2019 when I attended my first Camp-Conference in Colorado Springs, CO and this is my first summer being part of the Leadership Committee!

Some fun facts about me are that I am on the Varsity Sailing Team in college, I have five siblings, I am always up for an adventure and trying new things, and love the TV shows Ghosts, Ted Lasso, All Creatures Great and Small, and The Good Place. This summer, I am most looking forward to meeting new campers and reuniting with returning campers, creating lasting memories, and helping to make this the best week of the summer for everyone. I am super excited to see you all there!

Mira Rausch

Colorado Committee Member

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Mira Rausch

Colorado Committee Member

Hello! I’m Mira Rausch, one of your Adopteen leaders this year! Currently I am a student at the University of Kansas studying Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and minor in Health Information Management. I am from Luoyang, China, and my Adopteen journey started in 2018 in Denver. This year will be my first as a leader!  When I’m not walking the endless hills of KU you can find me Chinese Lion dancing, working at the natural history museum, or at Clinton lake staring at the stars. I can’t wait to meet you all this summer!

Paige Lewis

Washington, D.C. & Colorado Committee Member

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Paige Lewis

Washington, D.C. & Colorado Committee Member

My name is Paige and I currently reside in Kansas City, Missouri. I graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2022 and have since been working at a digital advertising company as a Programmatic Specialist that builds campaigns and reports out on performance for our client’s advertisements! In my free time, I enjoy reading webtoons, watching anime, drinking overpriced coffee, painting/drawing, and taking as many naps as humanly possible. I attended my first Adopteen as a camper in Denver 2017 and have continued coming back ever since! Adopteen is always a highlight of my year and I hope it will be for you too, regardless if you’re a returning camper or brand new! I hope to create the same loving, comfortable, and friendly environment I felt at my first Adopteen! Can’t wait to meet you and see what this summer holds!

Zane Cleghorn

Washington, D.C. Committee Member

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Zane Cleghorn

Washington, D.C. Committee Member

Hola Hola 🙂 My name is Zane Cleghorn and I am a Chinese adoptee from Henan. I live near Seattle, Washington but I will be completing my bachelor’s degree in Geology from Montana State University and starting my master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, studying Geophysics. With that said, I love the rocks and going out exploring, hiking, eating the rocks. When I’m not staring at the ground, I love to play tennis every day if I can! I also like to cook, play the trumpet, watch anime, and read manga. Watching trashy reality t.v. is a guilty pleasure of mine. My favorite fun fact is I’ve been hit by a car biking! But studying abroad in Taiwan was pretty fun, too.

This will be my first experience with Adopteen, so I am very excited to meet this community and make new friends! I have worked as a counselor for another adoptee camp called Holt Camp the two previous summers and will again this summer after Adopteen. I look forward to tell my friends there about Adopteen and see the adoptee community grow! I’ll see you all soon!!!

Scholarships are available for both 2024 Adopteen Camp-Conferences! 

ADopteen Scholarship Fund - Full & Partial Scholarships Available

Funds are distributed on a case-by-case basis.
 
Do not let the cost of registration keep you from accessing life-changing, empowering adoptee community connections!

Camp Scholarships

Thanks to generous donors, our Adopteen Scholarship Fund exists solely to provide financial assistance to campers who are unable to cover the costs of attending an Adopteen Camp-Conference.

Adopteen for all.

Become a Sponsor

We are in need of motivated sponsors for our 2024 Adopteen Camp-Conferences.

Support Adopteen Camp-Conferences with a Sponsorship

Sponsorship Packages available at all levels

Our Camp-Conferences rely on generous donors and sponsors to help minimize the funding gap of these life-changing events.

Our 2024 funding gap currently sits at $24,675. 

If you are interested in becoming a 2024 Adopteen Camp-Conference sponsor, please visit our sponsorship page or contact adopteen@theparkcommunity.org to get started.

Thank you!

Adopteen Camp-Conference

FAQ

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Adopteen Camp-Conference in Washington, D.C.

Adopteen will provide FREE pick-up and drop-off for campers flying into either Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Flight arrival times should be Monday, June 24, between 9:00AM – 1:00PM.

Flight departure times should be Friday, June 28, between 11:00AM – 4:00PM.

For Adopteen Camp-Conference in Colorado Springs, CO:

Adopteen will provide FREE pick-up and drop-off for campers flying into either Denver International Airport (DIA) or Colorado Springs Airport (COS).

For DIA, flight arrival times should be Monday, July 15, between 9:00AM – 2:00PM. If unable to find flights within this time range, please contact us and we will work with you to find a good option.

  • We will have airport shuttles pickup from DIA, with three scheduled pickup times: 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM. Campers will be assigned to a scheduled pickup time as close to their arrival time as possible. Shuttles are volunteer drivers and can be relatively flexible with their wait time if a camper is delayed.

For DIA, flight departure times should be Saturday, July 20, between 12:00PM – 4:00PM

For COS, flight arrival times should be Monday, July 15, between 11:00AM – 4:00PM.

For COS, flight departure times should be Saturday, July 20, between 11:00AM – 2:00PM.

  • Roommates and suite-mates must be the same gender identity.*
  • Adults (18 & Older) cannot be roomed with Minors (13-17)**
  • Campers must sleep in their assigned beds
  • Open door policy if room is being visited by campers other than those assigned to the room

*Gender neutral rooming options are available

**Exceptions can be made with parental consent from all parties for Colorado Springs. However, roommate age restrictions in Washington, D.C. are a hard-line rule.

Adopteen Camp-Conference refund policy is as follows:

  • Any cancelation within 31 days prior to Camp-Conference is guaranteed a 100% full refund.
  • Any cancelation between 30-14 days prior to Camp-Conference will be refunded to the best of our ability, minus any non-refundables that have already been paid by Adopteen to venues and merchants.
  • Any cancelation between 13-0 days prior to Camp-Conference will receive 25% refund.

**If a camper is unable to attend Camp-Conference due to any unforeseen emergency or distress before or during Camp-Conference, we will do our best to refund as much as possible.