The weekend of August 5th, 12 Haitian adoptees, mostly strangers, met up in Haiti. When I started the Haitian Adoptee support group on Facebook two years ago, I had a dream of going back to Haiti with a group of my fellow adoptees. I wanted to take this trip for several reasons. First, I … Continue reading Reclaiming Haiti
I'm happy to announce the publication of a very special anthology that I am honored to be a part of! The book is a collaborative project from black adoptees around the world. Here's a full description of the book: "People who identify as Black adoptees are vaguely known within both adoption circles as well as … Continue reading Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space – Now Available!
A year ago today, I clicked “publish” on my first blog post. As I’ve told others, I started the blog as a New Year’s goal. For the past few years, I've always put “publish my writing” as a goal, but I would never get around to doing anything about it. Work kept me busy. My … Continue reading A Year of Stories
A typical family reunion is filled with joy and laughter, but for adoptees and their birth parents, a reunion is anything but typical. It's complicated. Adoptees can feel stuck between embracing their birth families and not hurting their adoptive families. There may also be feelings of rejection and long buried anger and bitterness towards their … Continue reading Tell Me Your Story: Of Reunion
Adoption stories usually focus on adoptive parents, birth parents, or adoptees, and a lot of time is spent on hearing narratives from the adoption triad to improve the adoption experience. But there is another voice that is just as important, and that is the voice of the non-adopted sibling. And in order to truly understand … Continue reading Brown Bread: A Documentary
Marlyse and her husband’s adoption story began when Marlyse faced the fact that she would not be able to carry a child due to her heart defect. When it came time to choose where they were going to adopt from, they started by looking into domestic infant adoption, but they were surprised at the astronomical … Continue reading Tell Me Your Story: Of Letting Go
Zeke Anders is a self described storyteller, filmmaker, director, and photographer. Zeke grew up in Detroit; his mother was a school teacher, his father owned his own casket distribution company. Growing up during the MTV music video era, Zeke was drawn to the high energy videos, and turned his attention to filmmaking. While still in … Continue reading American Seoul