You Have His Eyes is a gripping documentary from filmmaker Christopher Wilson. In the film, Chris, a transracial adoptee, documents his search for his father. Chris has already found and met his birth mother, but he is curious about his father's identity and whereabouts. When he begins his search, all Chris has is a grainy passport … Continue reading You Have His Eyes: A Conversation with Christopher Wilson
Split at the Root by Catana Tully is a memoir that spans many years and several different countries. Catana was born in Guatemala in the 1940s and was adopted by a German family. Her German mother, or “Mutti” as she called her, raised Catana to speak German, Spanish, and English and introduced her to a world … Continue reading Split at the Root: A Conversation with Catana Tully
This simple question is usually meant to start small talk or find out if you have something in common with a stranger, but for many adoptees, including myself, this question is anything but simple. I grew up in Canada and being a part of a visible minority, it seemed as if people felt they had … Continue reading Where Are You From?
When the alarm sounds at 6:30 in the morning, Katie rolls over, rubs the sleep out of her eyes, and spends the next few minutes checking Facebook. Then she makes her way into the kitchen to make breakfast for her seven children. Yes, seven children. Katie and Tony Gonzalez started their adoption journey by adopting … Continue reading Tell Me Your Story: Of a Full House
For every positive adoption story, there is an equally tragic one. It’s true. We can’t hide from it; we can’t push it under the rug. There are hurt feelings, broken hearts, and painful memories. Whether we are adopted or not, children all need roots. We all need something to anchor us in an unsure, scary … Continue reading Tell Me Your Story: Of a Broken Home
When children are adopted from developing countries, they often grow up feeling they have an obligation to give back to their countries or at least help those who are less fortunate. There is often a feeling of being “saved” from poverty or another equally dire situation and having an obligation to pay back a debt. … Continue reading Tell Me Your Story: Of Adoption & Service