What’s up, I Am Adoptee? My name is Chris Detrych, and I volunteer on the board of Korean Adoptees of Chicago (KAtCH), a non-profit organization. What is KAtCH? KAtCH serves the transracial adoptee community in Chicagoland, hosting monthly events (social, cultural, roundtable) and promoting adoptee advocacy. Please visit our website for more background. On a […]

Why Families With Adopted Children From Foreign Countries Are So Afraid

As the family separation policy unfolds on the United States’ borders and our news feeds fill with photos and recordings of anguished infants and toddlers crying out for their parents, there is a slice of the American public for whom the reaction goes beyond mere gut-gripping loathing: those of us whose children were born in other […]

B.C. families adopting from Japan in limbo after visas refused

Five British Columbia families have been left in limbo after their bid to adopt children from Japan was derailed by the federal government, refusing to issue visas to allow them to bring their kids to their new home. Ryan Hoag and his wife Wiyani are one of the couples. They say they’ve followed every order […]

Adoptees from overseas to lose Government support for finding biological families

International adoption advocates are warning it will become much harder for people to track down their biological families as Government funding will soon run out. The charity International Social Service helps reunite people adopted from overseas with their birth parents. The organisation said over the past two years, money from the Coalition has helped hundreds […]

He was a Russian orphan. Now he’s a podcast host changing lives.

Russian folk singing changed Oleg Lougheed’s life. When he was 11, Lougheed, who was living in an orphanage in Russia, was selected to visit the United States for two weeks to perform in Ann Arbor, Mich., with a folk singing group of orphans from his area. During one of those performances in 2004, Lougheed met […]

US House makes it easier for Americans to adopt overseas

The House on Tuesday passed the Intercountry Adoption Information Act of 2018 (H.R. 5626) helping American families seeking to adopt children overseas. Speaking on the House floor prior to the vote, Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) said, “Here in Congress, I’ve been honored to help bring families together through overseas adoptions. These children are deeply loved […]