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Voice and Shadow

I’ve been doing some good and hard work in counseling ever since I got my original birth certificate and found my birth family a few years ago. 573 more words


Life in Korea

I have now had the chance to visit Korea three times since being adopted as a baby. My first trip was as a tourist and I enjoyed getting to experience the tourist-y side of the country. 1,090 more words



I distinctly remember the first time I wondered if my birth family reunion had been a mistake. Not on my part – but for my family in Korea. 609 more words


Seeing Adoption

I’ve started watching Long Lost Family on TLC. If you haven’t caught it, each episode follows two people searching for their birth families or adopted children. 556 more words

Waiting Family

Bloodline + Family History

An idea that is often lost among the list of cultural differences between Korea and America is the importance of lineage. America is very individual-focused and therefore a person is often seen as distinctly separate from their bloodline, family name, family unit, etc. 728 more words


Adoption Q&A: My Son Asks about Birth Mamas

When my husband and I began opening up the conversation of adoption to our son, we felt like we were exploring uncharted waters. We haven’t found a ton of literature out there for preparing a biological child for a sibling who was adopted. 871 more words


Reconsidering Mother's Day

I’ve had a conflicted relationship with Mother’s Day since 1989. Before then, it was the day I made my mom a card and bought her some plants for the garden. 1,008 more words