An Insider's Guide to Identity and Adoption Real Life Stories. Expert Advice! Join us on May 22, 2012 for a guided discussion on the impact adoption has on identity formation. A panel of adult adoptees will share personal stories from their childhood and teenage years, reflecting back on how adoption factored into their identity formation. Lead by Dr. Gina Samuels, a researcher, educator and adopted person, the panel will give adopted parents practical insight into how they can best support their children to form a healthy sense of self. Learn more.