Author Alice Stephens on reframing adoption stories

Alice Stephens is a fiction writer. She is also an adoptee, born to a Korean mother but raised by a white American family. Stephens shares her humble opinion on “parent narratives” and how she learned to become the subject of her own adoption story, rather than the object. Read the Full Transcript Nick Schifrin: On […]

Inter-country adoption helps them find new families, homes

Aruna, a 21-month-old girl, is soon leaving the ‘Sishu Gruha’ here as a new life awaits her in the United States. Joshua Obholz and his wife Emili from North Dakota have adopted her after completing the procedure for the inter-country adoption. Same is the case with four-month-old Sanjana who has recently joined her new adoptive […]

Denver Filmmaker Explores How Korean Adoptees Felt Like ‘Martians’ In White America

Feeling like a Martian. Having a black hole of information where your origin story should be. Being grateful for your loving adopted family, but still feeling lost. These are the common threads in the stories Glenn Morey heard from South Korean children who were adopted into white families. The Denver filmmaker was a Korean adoptee himself, and set out […]

Phoenix couple’s nonprofit helps more Haitian children get adopted

PHOENIX – Craig and Kathi Juntunen retired in 1998, leaving their successful consulting firm to live a life spent mostly on the golf course and ski slopes. “We were living a … very privileged life that we were lucky enough to stumble onto,” Craig Juntunen said. While golfing one day, he had a conversation with […]

Father posts heartbreaking note after Andrews airman’s apparent suicide

An airman at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday night, his family said. Andrews confirmed that Senior Airman XinHua Mesenburg died Saturday, but said the circumstances of his death are still being investigated. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Fairfax County Police Department […]

Rewriting the ‘Fairy Tale’ Adoption Narrative

When the White House affirmed November as National Adoption Month, it released a largely anodyne presidential proclamation. “Adoption is a blessing for all involved,” the proclamation read, adding that adoption “affirms the inherent value of human life and signals that every child—born and unborn—is wanted and loved.” By invoking the unborn, the Trump administration positioned […]

Adopted son from Auburn finds birth family, meets sister from Greece

For 27 years, Evis Vejseli held a secret in her heart. It sometimes made her cry, which she passed off as exhaustion when her daughter, Anxhela, asked her why she wept. But Anxhela sensed it was something more, and occasionally, inside the walls of their home in Greece, her mother would tell her that someday […]