Korean Adoptee Speaks Out

This article appeared in the March 2015 edition of Adoptive Families. “Did You Ever Mind it?” On Race and Adoption by Nicole Soojung Callahan.  It is a poignant reminder of how a young child copes with the discomfort of being singled out and called names simply because she looked different from her white parents. Here’s an excerpt from the article. ” My parents and I always turned heads when we left the haven of our...

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Positive Message to Parents – Sending Your Child to Treatment

Positive Message to Parents – Sending Your Child to Treatment

Dear Parents, Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  My name is Andrea I was adopted at 5 months old and I am 26 years old and I am alive!  Thanks to my wonderful parents.  I struggled as a teenager, I was sad, running away from home, lying, sneaking out and starting to drink.  My parents took me to numerous counselors and I finally found one I liked and he told me if you don’t stop, you will be sent away.  I didn’t believe...

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PACER Groups for Adopted Persons and Birth Parents

I recently interviewed April Topfer an adult adoptee and President of PACER. PACER: Post-Adoption Center for Education and Research has served the Northern California adoption community for 35 years. PACER is a nonprofit and grassroots volunteer organization run by individuals with a lived adoption experience. With an estimated 6 million adoptees and roughly one third of the US population living with an adoption experience, PACER knows that...

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Angela Tucker’s Film Closure

Angela Tucker’s Film Closure

If you haven’t had the chance to see Angela Tucker’s documentary, Closure, take the opportunity to see this heart rendering journey of adoption, reunion, and redemption. It’s a story about identity and the complexities of transracial adoption. The film is the official selection of the 2013 San Francisco Documentary Festival, and the 2013 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and the 2013 Minnesota Transracial Film...

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“The Adoptee Poster Child” Gazillion Voices Issue 7

“The Adoptee Poster Child” Gazillion Voices Issue 7

In her recent interview in Gazillion Voices Issue Number 7, JaeRan Kim discusses the social construct of the “Adoptee Poster Child” exceptionalism. Her point is well taken. How often do we judge the adoptee from socially constructed myths of the “rags to riches” story that somehow the individual rises above a difficult situation to “pull himself up by his bootstraps.”. She ends the interview by constructing a...

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Aselefech Evans and Jenni Fang Lee in Conversation

Aselefech Evans and Jenni Fang Lee in Conversation

A big thank you to Aselefech and Fang for sharing their most intimate thoughts during this recorded conversation. We can all learn from their powerful insights and honest reflections on what it means to be adopted, being raised as a transnational,transracial adoptee and a variety of other topics.  Click here to watch the video.

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