2019’s 2nd Celia Center Arts Festival features the works of artists who use their creativity to express their experiences as individuals who were adopted and/or in foster care across many mediums. Entitled “Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Spirit of Creativity: The Voices of the Fostered and Adopted” the festival will feature stories and backgrounds of many, and seeks to bring together the voices that are often left out of the conversation on foster care and adoption. The Festival gives the Foster Care and Adopted a spotlight with the hopes of deepening the foster care and adoption conversation in Los Angeles and worldwide.

Art Exhibit


6:00pm – 8:00pm | Artist’s Opening Wine Reception

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Admission is FREE


12:00pm – 8:00pm | Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Spirit of Creativity:The Voices of the Fostered and Adopted

Join us in the EXHIBIT AREA
Admission is FREE

Art Festival
Childrens’ Activities

Watch Video 


12:00pm – 2:00pm | Face Painting & Glitter Tattoo ages 3 and up

12:00pm – 3:00pm | Google Paint Virtual Reality Booth ages 10 and up

12:00 – 3:00pm | Healing Arts Table for Children in Foster Care and/or Adoption and their Families ages 4 and up. FREE ART

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Admission is FREE

1 pm | Celebrity Book Reading with Foster Youth & Adoptee, Steven Benedict, Professional Athlete 

As a professional track and field athlete and Olympic Trials Qualifier, Steven Benedict has run in some of the worlds most prestigious events. In addition to the Adidas Classic Diamond League and US Nationals, he ran for Nike for 2 years and was a Penn Relays Champion. Featured in 50 national and international magazines such as Train, ESPN Magazine, Mens Fitness, Mens Health and Fitness RX, Steven has expertise and contributions that extend. far beyond the track.

Steven’s childhood began in an abusive home which resulted in he and his brothers placement in foster care. Over the course of his first 8 years, he was moved between homes and motels with little certainty of what the next day would bring. At age 8, he and his brother were adopted by an incredible couple which possessed traits of joy, humility, sacrifice and unconditional love.  


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Admission is FREE

Healing Arts



Writing and expression workshop with the intent to empower and validate our experiences as adopted people and foster alum!

After Our Voices: A Reading and Discussion with Adoptees of Color hosted in 2017, Healing Through Writing the Unsaid was formed. Our voices matter yet are often silenced by adoption and the foster system and sometimes this occurs within our own adoptive families. Through writing & discussion, we’ll reflect on our journeys as adoptees and foster alum and how we navigate our identities. You’ll have the opportunity to share your writing with others in the workshop if you so choose (sharing is optional).

Facilitator – Julayne Lee is an overseas adopted Korean American poet, essayist, artivist, art curator and producer. Her debut collection of poems Not My White Savior (2018, Rare Bird) was on BookTrib’s list A Year of Memories: 15 New Memoirs We Can’t Wait to Read This Year and Bitch Media’s Bitchreads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read in March. Not My White Savior was included in the 2018 Poets House Showcase in New York, their 26th annual exhibition of the nation’s poetry books and was also on Entropy’s Best of 2018: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections. She’s curated readings and hosted writing workshops for adopted people of color across the country. Co-founder of Adoptee Solidarity Korea – Los Angeles (ASK-LA), she also volunteered with the Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC) to ensure citizenship for all adoptees. Julayne has read and spoken on adoption at universities and symposiums throughout the U.S. & Korea and has an MAEd from Hamline University.

Artists Panel

Saturday, April 13th

6:30 – 7:30pm | Artists Panel, Sharing their Vision, Transforming their Pain

A panel of exhibited artists will share their journey behind their art, and the transformation the healing arts have brought to their life. Moderated by Rebecca Trawick.

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Admission is FREE



Friday, April 12th & Saturday, April 13th


MC: Brian Stanton,


A compilation of narratives, poetry, spoken word, and theater pieces expressed by the voices of the fostered and adopted!


Event Organizers

Jeanette Yoffe

Jeanette Yoffe

Organizer & Founder of Celia Center

Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T., is the Executive Director and Founder of Celia Center.Celia Center is a mental health center which meets the critical needs of all those connected by Foster Care and Adoption and all those who serve the community of Foster Care and Adoption in Los Angeles and beyond. 

Before dedicating her life as an adoptions and foster care psychotherapist, Yoffe was a dancer and actress. Yoffe’s desire to become a therapist with a special focus on adopted and foster care issues derived from her own experience of being adopted and moving through the foster care system. And now, after founding Celia Center two years ago, Yoffe wants to merge her background in the arts with the mission of Celia Center.

She earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children, from Antioch University. She has specialized for the past 10 years in the treatment of children who manifest serious deficits in their emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development. 

In 2006 she won Los Angeles Foster Care Hero Award for her dedication to children and families in foster Care. Jeanette founded the non-profit she named, Celia Center, after her first mother, Celia.

She has been in the field for over 20 years and has worked as a psychotherapist, foster care social worker, clinical director, trainer for Los Angeles County Child & Family Services and the Department of Mental Health for parents, social workers and therapists on adoption & foster care challenges, parenting, impact of pre-adoption trauma, grief/loss, open adoption, and provides support to adult adoptees searching for long lost family members, as well as assists in reunion and family reunification. She is a Court Appointed Reunification Expert for Los Angeles Superior Court in cases involving children at risk for separation. She has appeared on the OWN and TLC Network, as a Psychotherapist teaching about Adoption in the shows Raising Whitley and Long Lost Family. in 1999 she wrote a one-woman play about growing up in foster care and adoption called, “What’s Your Name, Who’s Your Daddy?” and was accepted into the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival.

This cathartic experience of separating from her birth family led her  on a continuous search for answers, and need to understand the adoptee’s experience of love and loss, as well as the love and loss a birth parent endures during separation trauma and their lifetime.

In 2009, she created a support group called Adopt Salon Los Angeles, which brings together all of the constellation members involved in an adoption and/or foster care placement, as well as ignite strength and community, and bring education, awareness and support for all of these members in forming healthy reunions, open adoptions, healing and understanding for all.

In 2006 she published her 1st book, Groundbreaking Interventions: Working with Traumatized Children, Teens and Families in Foster Care and Adoption available on Amazon.

She is also the clinical director and founder of Yoffe Therapy, more info at YoffeTherapy.com

Nicole Rademacher

Nicole Rademacher


Nicole Rademacher an accomplished artist and creative strategist. Spearheading community building projects and social media strategies both nationally and internationally, Nicole has worked with organizations such as LOOP Video Art Festival, Nairobi National Museum, VE-Global (Chile), and produced events in collaboration with such entities as the Casa Museo Michoacán de los Guindos (a Pablo Neruda home) and soloists from the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently Nicole is the Director of Communications & Outreach at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA.

She completed her BFA in video and photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in western New York State. As an artist, Nicole has developed and produced projects in Argentina, Chile, France, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, and her native USA. Her work has been exhibited and screened worldwide including Transmediale, Harvestworks, re-new Digital Art Forum, LOOP Video Art Festival, the Gallery of the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, and the Chilean Consulate in NYC. As a curator she has worked with artists in Chicago, Chile, and most recently with Spanish artist Elena Bajo at 18th Street Arts Center.

Brian Stanton

Brian Stanton

Performing Arts Programming

Brian Stanton is honored to perform at the Celia Center Arts Festival. BLANK had its World Premiere in Los Angeles, CA in April of 2010. The production has since visited Off Broadway New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, D.C., Vancouver, Dallas, Kansas City, Aspen, Orlando, and San Diego garnering critical acclaim along the way including a “Best Solo Actor” award at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City and 2 StageSceneLA awards: “Outstanding Actor in a Solo Performance” for Stanton and “Outstanding Director of a Solo Performance” for McKerrin Kelly. BLANK and Stanton have been featured on NPR, ABC News and The Kansas City Star. For more info on BLANK and Stanton visit: thebrianstanton.com

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