A trio of remarkable stories from the first large group of Korean adoptees, now in their late 20's and early 30's. Thirty years ago, with international adoption information thought to be nonexistent and U.S. birth records sealed, few parents expected that their children would ever meet their birth families. Today, as more and more adoptees reach adulthood, they are finding birth relatives-or are being found by them. Whether a child is from the U.S., Guatemala, Russia, or China, she may one day be in touch with her first family. These stories, each detailing an unexpected family reunion, may well reflect the complexity of what is ahead.
A woman shares the story of her adoptive parents' divorce.
For a mom who was adopted as an infant, the realization that her children look like her takes on special meaning.
The vast majority of our children have birth siblings, yet parents may wonder how to approach the topic. Adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share how they talk about biological siblings, and build brother-sister bonds.
Michelle Johnson, 38, adopted by white parents and raised in suburban Minneapolis, recently spoke with AF about her experiences.
Born in America, raised in England, and meeting her birth mother for the first time.
I have confused and disappointed many people in my lifetime because I don't look or behave the way they think an Asian ought to look or behave.
A parent reaches out for help after taunting at school left her daughter feeling shaken to the core and that she doesn’t belong anywhere. An adult adoptee and transracial adoption expert offers advice.
Two adult adoptees are working on the first edition of a Chinese Birth Parent Search Manual, to be released at the end of 2016.
A callous foster care system deprived her of parents and siblings and gave precious little in return.
A 13-year-old shares his adoption story.
An adult adoptee discusses ‘the Talk’—what white parents who adopt Black children must tell them about racism, interacting with the police, and staying safe.
A Korean adult adoptee shares what motivated her to search for her birth mother—and the feelings she grappled with when she was unable to find her.
This poetic novel features a transracial adoptee protagonist as he explores his identity and seeks answers about his past in an unfamiliar city. Accompanying the excerpt is a Q&A with the author, Matthew Salesses.
Musicians—from folk singers to rappers—are tuning in to adoption to create deeply personal reflections and hummable melodies. These songs are what you need when words aren't enough.
Distance doesn't eliminate a desire to communicate with the birth mothers that children imagine, as these letters demonstrate.
To the birth mother of my three children through adoption, wherever you are, I say thank you for allowing me to be their "other" mommy.
30 years later: A special report on the Korean adoptee experience
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People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.