About Astrid Castro

2014-Astrid-headshot-2-smallAstrid has a degree in sociology with an emphasis in adoption. For twenty plus years, she has traveled the country to lead youth groups, present workshops on transracial parenting, talking with children about adoption and various other workshops focusing on adoption. Prior to creating Adoption Mosaic, Astrid worked in both the private and public sectors of various adoption organizations such the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC), Holt International, Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange to name just a few.

Astrid co-authored Adoption in the Movies, which takes the reader on a guided tour of 27 movies and documentaries that are ‘dripping with adoption’ asking questions that encourage the viewer to engage in ongoing dialogue and discussion. She also developed an innovative, evidence-based, 27-minute training DVD titled, Adoptive Parent Training: Developing Communication Skills. The training demonstrates how adoptive parents can communicate openly and honestly with family, friends and especially children. Astrid is a former member of the board of directors of the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the author of many articles on the subject of adoption and contributed a chapter to the book Parents As Adoptees.

Astrid’s personal experiences as an adoptee, a woman of color, and growing up in a white family and community, fuel her professional path to helping others. Astrid is aware of the benefits of post-adoption services for individuals and their families and seeks to bring these services to the adoption community. Her life-long interest in adoption is rooted in her own adoption at the age of four from Colombia (along with her older sister). Astrid has been in reunion since December 2012 with her birth family in Colombia. Read the Oregonian article on Astrid!

When Astrid is not working she loves to spend time with family, friends and enjoying the adventures of life as the mama of an amazing teenage daughter.

5 thoughts on “About Astrid Castro

  1. Hi Strong Woman Astrid!

    Did you see the email with the info on the CASE webinar for June on reuniting with birth parents? If you send me your email, I will forward to you. CASE webinars are free if you use their code.

    I hope you are happy and well.


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  2. Hi Astrid,

    My name is Daniel Granias, and I am a volunteer cultural worker with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. As part of the Arts and Media Project’s Summer Series, I am co-organizing a multi-part panel discussion/workshop around the stories of Korean American Adoptees. We learned of your work and are curious about your perspectives on transnational/transracial adoption culture. We would love to invite you to our planning meetings and potentially share some insight at our event if possible. Please feel free to contact me with any questions! Thanks!


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