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 Australia

Adele Horin: "Adoption secret a betrayal"
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
Adopted children raised in secrecy about their origins tend to feel less close to their adoptive parents as adults, and are likely to see them as controlling and uncaring, new research shows.
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Adoptees: Australia, Behavioural and Emotional


Adoptees will no longer pay to see their records
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
The New South Wales state government will waive fees for parents and adopted children to access their personal records as it prepares to give an apology for the state's role in the ''unlawful and unethical'' removal of children in thousands of forced adoptions.
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Adoptees: Australia, New South Wales


Adoption: removing the veil of secrecy
blogs.brisbanetimes.com.au blogs.brisbanetimes.com.au
Most people take for granted the fact they know who their mother and father are. It is a fundamental human right, is it not? Apparently not, if you were adopted in Queensland before June 1991.
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Adoptees: Australia


Beloved
www.youtube.com www.youtube.com
When Priya decides to confront her early adoption and share her feelings with the world, she travels to Sydney with filmmaker Emmy to visit the Treharne family. In sharing her emotions with adoptees Grace and Ellie, Priya learns that she must accept her story and dedicate her time in pursuing her dreams.
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Adoptees: Australia, India


Janeen to finally meet family after 60 years
www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au
Sixty years after being put up for adoption Bundaberg resident Janeen Jordan will this week finally meet the family she never knew she had. Mrs Jordan always knew she was adopted and had grown up an only child. She had tried, and failed, to learn about her biological family ... until a fateful call last week from an uncle she did not realise even existed.
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Adoptees: Australia


Mounties helps Origins (Fairfield City Champion)
fairfield.yourguide.com.au fairfield.yourguide.com.au
Origins, a support group is designed to help women who were being re-traumatised each time experts and health professional minimised and invalidated the severe emotional anguish, trauma, and grief left in the wake of their adoption experience.
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Adoptees: Australia, Birth Parents


No age limit on seeking birth parents
www.theaustralian.com.au www.theaustralian.com.au
Laws giving adopted children and their birth parents greater access to information about each other are among a raft of measures coming into effect in NSW
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Adoptees: Adoptees, Australia, Birth Parents


No help for stolen adoptees
www.gympietimes.com.au www.gympietimes.com.au
ADOPTIVE children’s advocate Kerri Saint, of Imbil, says help is available for people wrongly institutionalised as children, such as Gympie’s Ken Bland.
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Adoptees: Australia


Search for a lifelong answer (Star News)
www.senews.com.au www.senews.com.au
When Mary was 10 years old, the song line "I was born under a wandering star" was playing in her home. Wondering about her own birth, she asked her mother what time she had arrived.
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Adoptees: Australia


Teenz Connection
www.teenzconnection.org www.teenzconnection.org
Teenage Adoptees Getting Together
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Adoptees: Australia


Welcome to the Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) official Website.
www.adoptedvietnamese.org www.adoptedvietnamese.org
Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) was launched in April 2000 on the 25th anniversary of end the Viet Nam War. AVI is a volunteer network that is dedicated to Vietnamese adoptees who where adopted before, during or in connection with the Viet Nam War or its mass exodus that directly resulted. AVI is based in Australia and has an international membership including individuals from the US, Canada, and European nations.
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Adoptees: Australia, Vietnam


With six older brothers, Margaret Sharpley's secret wish was to have a sister.
www.dailytelegraph.com.au www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Then the 86-year-old discovered she was adopted at birth and, about two weeks ago, she met her three surviving half-sisters.
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Adoptees: Australia


 New South Wales

Adoptees will no longer pay to see their records
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
The New South Wales state government will waive fees for parents and adopted children to access their personal records as it prepares to give an apology for the state's role in the ''unlawful and unethical'' removal of children in thousands of forced adoptions.
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Adoptees: Australia, New South Wales


 Canada

A stranger in her own skin
www.canada.com www.canada.com
From babies shipped in boxes to Angelina Jolie's growing brood, the history of international adoption follows chaos and calamity around the world
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Adoptees: Adoptees, Adoption Fraud - Guatemala, Canada


Adopted Canadians Face Many Hurdles (The Canadian)
www.canadiandemocraticmovement.ca www.canadiandemocraticmovement.ca
Adoptees: Canada


Canadian Adoptees for Truth and Openness
www.canadianadopteesfortruth.blogspot.com www.canadianadopteesfortruth.blogspot.com
Adoptees: Canada


Origins Canada: Supporting People Separated By Adoption - Happy Adoptees
www.originscanada.org www.originscanada.org
I am not the happy and grateful adoptee that you want me to be. Don't get me wrong. I was happy and grateful for almost 45 years, or so I believed.
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Adoptees: Canada


 China

Chinese Adoptee Links
www.chineseadopteelinks.org www.chineseadopteelinks.org
Linking Generations of Adoptees and Friends Worldwide
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Adoptees: China


Chinese Pen Pal Scheme
www.adam.com.au www.adam.com.au
Designed for children 8 years and older who have been adopted from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. Pen-Pals are matched and children can communicate with their peers in countries such as the US, UK, Ireland and Australia
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Adoptees: China


 Germany

International Adoption: Opening Pandora's Box
www.bastards.org www.bastards.org
I was born to a German mother and a German father on German soil, one of thousands of German children adopted by Americans from the 1950s through the 1970s.
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Adoptees: Articles, Germany, USA


 India

Beloved
www.youtube.com www.youtube.com
When Priya decides to confront her early adoption and share her feelings with the world, she travels to Sydney with filmmaker Emmy to visit the Treharne family. In sharing her emotions with adoptees Grace and Ellie, Priya learns that she must accept her story and dedicate her time in pursuing her dreams.
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Adoptees: Australia, India


 Korea, South

Adopted children discover their Korean roots (Seattle Times)
seattletimes.nwsource.com seattletimes.nwsource.com
Adoptees: Korea, South, USA


Adopted Korea (and afterwards)
www.adoptkorea.com www.adoptkorea.com
Adoptees: Korea, South


Adopted Korean Connection
www.akconnection.com www.akconnection.com
AK Connection serves the Minnesota adult adopted Korean community. Enrich yourself by attending various events and learning about opportunities that will connect you to other adult Korean adoptees, their families, networks, and friends.
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Adoptees: Korea, South


Adoptee justice is about social justice
www.koreatimes.co.kr www.koreatimes.co.kr
Thirty years ago I was born in the middle of one of the most significant developmental projects the world has ever seen: The transformation of South Korea from a poor agricultural society devastated by war to one of the wealthiest economies. In my family money and food were scarce. Due to economic hardships I was temporarily placed in an orphanage.

However, when my father showed up to claim me back, I had been adopted by a family in a far off country. My father had no way to get in touch with me and I was too young to tell anyone that I was not an orphan who needed another family. I was not the only one who experienced this sort of displacement. Around 200,000 children from Korea were adopted by families overseas, most of them during the 1970s and 80s.
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Adoptees: Korea, South


An Adoptee Returns to South Korea, and Changes Follow
www.nytimes.com www.nytimes.com
All her life, Jane Jeong Trenka struggled to belong. Born in South Korea in 1972, she and her sister were adopted by an American family and raised in a Minnesota town populated by the descendants of German and Scandinavian immigrants, where Lutheran churches rose above the cornfields. In elementary school, Ms. Trenka says she was taunted by boys who spat racial slurs at her, causing her so much anxiety that she began throwing up during the bus ride to school. Later, after she brought a boy home for the first time, a Laotian from the only Asian family in town, she said her father made a joke about his name that she considered racist. Smoldering with anger — and consumed by “self-loathing” for her Asian heritage — she scratched her Korean name, Kyong-ah, into her bedroom wall with a thumbtack. Then she covered it with a bulletin board so her parents would not know. When it came time for college, she checked “white” on all her college forms in what she now calls an act of self-deception.
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Adoptees: Korea, South, USA


GOAL - Global Overseas Adoptees' Link
goal.or.kr goal.or.kr
Adoptees: Korea, South


International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA)
ikaa.org ikaa.org
Adoptees: Korea, South


Korean Adoptees Survey (by Holt)  
www.holtintl.org www.holtintl.org
Adoptees: Korea, South


More Korean Families Adopt Children Openly (Digital Chosunilbo)
english.chosun.com english.chosun.com
Adoptees: Korea, South


One Woman's Struggle for a Korean Identity
www.modelminority.com www.modelminority.com
Adoptees: Korea, South


Origami Crane
www.rainbowkids.com www.rainbowkids.com
I had been angry all of my life because I was an odd construction of a person: a Korean-looking girl on the outside, a Caucasian-sounding girl on the inside. I didn't know who I was, and I was having a hard time accepting the parts I did know about myself
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Adoptees: Korea, South, Rainbow Kids Website


Overseas Adopted Koreans
oaks.korean.net oaks.korean.net
Adoptees: Korea, South


The adopted Koreans of Sweden and the Korean adoption issue  
www.tobiashubinette.se www.tobiashubinette.se
Paper by Tobias Hübinette
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Adoptees: Korea, South, Sweden


 Philippines

Filipino Adoptees Network (FAN)
www.filipino-adoptees-network.org www.filipino-adoptees-network.org
Adoptees: Philippines


 Sweden

The adopted Koreans of Sweden and the Korean adoption issue  
www.tobiashubinette.se www.tobiashubinette.se
Paper by Tobias Hübinette
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Adoptees: Korea, South, Sweden


 USA

Adopt us, foster teenagers urge in ad campaign (USA Today)
www.usatoday.com www.usatoday.com
Jelani Freeman entered foster care at age 8 after his mom checked herself into a psychiatric hospital.
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Adoptees: Foster Care, USA


Adopted children discover their Korean roots (Seattle Times)
seattletimes.nwsource.com seattletimes.nwsource.com
Adoptees: Korea, South, USA


War orphans find bond in adoption
www.news-leader.com www.news-leader.com
Prospective parents are eager to share experiences with children from homeland.
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Adoptees: USA, Vietnam


An Adoptee Returns to South Korea, and Changes Follow
www.nytimes.com www.nytimes.com
All her life, Jane Jeong Trenka struggled to belong. Born in South Korea in 1972, she and her sister were adopted by an American family and raised in a Minnesota town populated by the descendants of German and Scandinavian immigrants, where Lutheran churches rose above the cornfields. In elementary school, Ms. Trenka says she was taunted by boys who spat racial slurs at her, causing her so much anxiety that she began throwing up during the bus ride to school. Later, after she brought a boy home for the first time, a Laotian from the only Asian family in town, she said her father made a joke about his name that she considered racist. Smoldering with anger — and consumed by “self-loathing” for her Asian heritage — she scratched her Korean name, Kyong-ah, into her bedroom wall with a thumbtack. Then she covered it with a bulletin board so her parents would not know. When it came time for college, she checked “white” on all her college forms in what she now calls an act of self-deception.
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Adoptees: Korea, South, USA


Editorial: Amended adoption law makes sense
www.myjournalcourier.com www.myjournalcourier.com
Few issues are as emotionally charged as the rights of adopted children to access information about their birth parents. Making public policy regarding such a personal issue can be difficult, but the state of Illinois seems to have struck a good balance with approval of an amended Illinois Adoption Act. And anyone who was adopted or who gave up a child for adoption should be aware of its provisions. Starting Nov. 15, adults born in Illinois after Jan. 1, 1946, who were surrendered or adopted can request a non-certified copy of their original Illinois birth certificate, which typically includes the names, ages and places of birth of their birth parents.
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Adoptees: USA


Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons  
www.childwelfare.gov www.childwelfare.gov
As discussion of the adoption process becomes more open and accepted in American society, and as more Americans have experience with adoption, there is also more attention focused on those involved in adoption—the adopted person, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents (often referred to as the adoption triad or the adoption constellation). This factsheet examines the impact of adoption on adopted persons who have reached adulthood.
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Adoptees: Articles, Post Adoption, USA


International Adoption: Opening Pandora's Box
www.bastards.org www.bastards.org
I was born to a German mother and a German father on German soil, one of thousands of German children adopted by Americans from the 1950s through the 1970s.
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Adoptees: Articles, Germany, USA


Smart compromise on adoption
blog.nj.com blog.nj.com
Unless she’s assured of confidentiality, a woman may be afraid to put her child up for adoption. So we must guard that privacy. At the same time, adoptees want access to their birth certificates. They say they have the right to know their family medical histories, and the truth. It’s a tough call, but Gov. Chris Christie has struck the right balance on this one. His recent conditional veto of a flawed but well-intentioned adoption bill will allow birth records to be released, while still insisting on preserving the anonymity of a woman who surrendered her child to adoption. Currently, birth records, which include the names of biological parents, are sealed and can only be released by court order. But now there will be broader options for adopted adults researching their births. They’ll be allowed to seek to seek a “confidential intermediary” from an adoption agency to search for their natural parents. If a diligent, year-long search fails to locate the parents, then the original birth certificate would be released. If the biological parents are found and want no contact with a child they surrendered long ago, they would be asked, but not mandated, to provide a complete medical history to share with the adopted person.
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Adoptees: USA


 Vietnam

Adopted Vietnamese International
www.darlo.tv www.darlo.tv
Adoptees: Vietnam


Stories about me by Leonie Simmons  
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Leonie Simmons was born in Vietnam and adopted to an Australian family. Five years ago she returned to the place of her birth. This is her story.
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Adoptees: Vietnam










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