Transracial Adoption: A Social Worker's Lived Experiences & Life's Work 

Thursday, March 23, 2023
1-2:30 p.m.
Watson College of Education – Room EB 162

Join the School of Social Work for Social Work Month for a talk by Stephanie Oyler, LSW, on "Transracial Adoption." Stephanie will share her experiences as a Biracial adoptee and her advocacy efforts to bring awareness to adoptees' unique needs and support.

We are offering 1.5 CEUs for this event, and you must register in advance to receive CEUs. 

Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting CHHS Business Core Services at 910.962.7999 least five days prior to the event. 

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About Stephanie Oyler

Stephanie Oyler is a licensed Master Social Worker, therapist, speaker, educator, and author. She has a BSW degree from West Chester University, PA, and an MSW degree from Rutgers University, NJ.

Stephanie Oyler, LSWShe was adopted transracially through the US foster care system and is an avid adoption advocate and agent for change. Stephanie has served families through maternal-child health work, supported non-traditional parents who were college students, and worked with children and families in foster care and adoption in the child welfare system in PA.

Stephanie currently works as a psychotherapist at the Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy, specializing in grief, loss, adoption, and foster care. She co-owns the Therapy Center for Transformative Growth and Roots Incorporated, supervising MSW and BSW students. Additionally, she owns her own company, Adoptee LIT, LLC, which brings awareness and advocacy efforts around adoption and child welfare (

Stephanie has received notable awards in her profession, which include the Kristin Bowser Emerging Social Work Leader Award from the National Association of Social Workers and The Mit Joyner Award for Excellence in Leadership. She has presented at the Statewide Adoption Permanency (PA) Network Annual Conference, the Pennsylvania KinConnector Conference, the NASW-PA Social Justice Symposium, and was a guest on the Adoptees Podcast, discussing Motherloss as Adoptees and Therapists. She co-authored a chapter in the text Trauma and Mental Health Social Work with Urban Populations: African-Centered Clinical Interventions.

Stephanie serves on advisory boards and is a mentor to many. She currently lives in Kennett Square, PA, with her husband and two children.