Tag Archives: Adoptee Voices

A film about birth family search.

Q&A: Bryan and Angela Tucker of Closure

Q&A: Bryan and Angela Tucker of Closure

After a lifetime of wondering who? and why?, an adoptee set out to find some answers. The award-winning documentary that follows her birth family search has already sparked thousands of dialogues.

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Celebrating birth culture is important in transracial adoption

“Do Fan Dances and Tea Ceremonies Really Teach Us Anything?”

The museum view of culture and heritage ignores the realities of life as a racial minority. But there is a middle ground.

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This family remembers birth mothers on Mother's Day

“A Mother’s Day Not About Me”

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.

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A Korean adoptee

“Inside/Outside”: The Transracial Adoptee Experience

30 years later: A special report on the Korean adoptee experience

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One teen's adoptee story of her fears on adoption day.

“Three Little Words on My Adoption Day”

A decade of disappointing foster care placements made me doubt the two people who had taken me into their hearts.

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Microaggressions can add up over time

Responding to “Invisible” Racism

Our society has gotten to the point where most people can agree that overt racism is wrong. Few would argue that segregation or using a racial slur is acceptable. But many more subtle forms of racism persist. Here's how to combat them.

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Adopting an older child can be rewarding

“What We Wish We Had Known” – Older Child Adoption

A mom and her daughter share lessons learned about older child adoption.

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Three adult adoptee stories

“Did You Ever Mind It?”: On Race and Adoption

I tell prospective adoptive parents to take a good, hard look at their social circles, their neighborhoods, their churches, their communities and think about how those places and spaces will look and feel to their child.

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Growing up in foster care meant moving a lot

“Hand-Me-Downs: Growing Up in Foster Care”

People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.

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A photo taken on Justin's adoption day

“The Day I Joined a Forever Family”

A 10-year-old recalls the day a foster family became a forever family for him and his sister.

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An adoptee thinks about her first mother and the fact that her parents never judged her birth parents

“My Parents Never Judged My First Mother”

With her swollen belly, my classmate reminded me of my own first mother. People expected her to be ashamed, but I wondered, how can someone be ashamed of the mother without also being ashamed of the baby?

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Cassie Harris joined her family through international adoption

“Blood Doesn’t Mean Family”

After reuniting with my birth family and studying in my birth country, I felt closer to my adoptive family than ever.

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