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I was probably around four years old when I found out I was adopted. It was really a non-issue. I’m sure my sweet parents worried about what to say and how to say it, but it was truly of no consequence to me. 602 more words



Seventeen years have passed since these memories were made, and it’s amazing how mothers continue to recall the details of the day their children arrived. It was a Monday, and it was cold and overcast. 666 more words



When I first had the idea to write this I felt the instinctual gut punch and tachycardia that come along with others finding out about my sordid past, followed by the ever-present (except when I need her, amazingly) voice reminding me how self-indulgent and self-consumed it would come off. 2,649 more words

Georgia Adoption Reunion Registry

I got a response from Illien Adoptions International. Its not good or bad news. They said that they had turned their records from when my adoption was processed (late 80s/early 90s) over to the… 214 more words


Dear Anna Belle Illien

This is a letter to Anna Belle Illien who was one of the people, or at least her agency, Illien Adoption International Inc., responsible for my adoption about a quarter of a century ago. 582 more words


I know this post is about forgiveness, but I am not at that stage in my story yet and this really stood out to me. It explains my feelings perfectly:

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How Does It Feel To Be Adopted-Patrick Hawes


BIO:  My Name is Patrick and I am a 45 year-old adoptee in Virginia but born in North Carolina. 1,430 more words

How Does It Feel To Be Adopted