Personal Stories by Adoptees

Adoption is a lifelong journey. It doesn't end when a child is placed with a family. Here's a selection of essays written by adult adoptees. Learn more about the different phases of adoption from those who have lived them.

"Stand Up for Bastards!"
An adoptee speaks out about opening records

True Parenting
Growing up in the early days of U.S. adoption

An Adoptee is Found by Her Birth Mother
Book excerpt by Sarah Saffian

How I Learned I Wasn't White
A Korean adoptee's experiences with racism

The Birth Mother I Will Never Know
A Korean adoptee's tribute to her birth mother

Growing Up Adopted
Reflections about adoption and reunion

Businessmen Who Were Adopted
How adoption may have affected their success

Connecting with Our Korean Heritage
A Korean adoptee attends group gathering

On Being Me: An Adult Adoptee
Not everyone who searches is reunited

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