"I Have Two Countries"

Emilio had some reservations about his birth country trip — but upon arrival, discovered friends, memories, and a newfound connection to his first home.

Emilio and Claudia on his birth country trip
In June many years ago, my husband and I arrived home from Cochabamba, Bolivia, with our son, Emilio. We have tried to keep his memories of Bolivia alive, to foster pride in his heritage, and to instill faith in the love of his birth mother. I communicate with Emilio exclusively in Spanish, while he speaks English with his dad, at school, and with most of his friends. Three years after we adopted him, we told Emilio we would return to ...

Emilio returned to Bolivia to meet his new sister — and gained a renewed connection to his birth country.


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