I Want To Be A Father

“What do you want to be when you grow up my love?,” I ask my little one. He says without hesitation, “I want to be a father.” Too often in adoption, we can be very birthmother centered, and I am guilty of that too.  She has been a presence almost all of my adult life.  […]

Adoption: Adverse Childhood Experience Explained with Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker

IAMAdoptee sat down with Chaitra Witra-Leiker and had the opportunity to more deeply understand the Adoption and Adverse Childhood Experiences Score. To learn more about Chaitra, you can find a full professional bio on our About page. Darci Siegel: My name is Darci Siegel, I use she/her pronouns, and I do Content Development with IAMAdoptee. […]

Dunbar Number

The Dunbar number suggests that most people’s brains can handle 150 casual relationships, 15 close friendships and 5 best friends. – Frost Science Museum, Miami FL I am quick to smile, it’s a nervous habit and the most comfortable of masks.  But.. I cry when I get angry I cry when I am sad I […]

Therapy Interventions

Now you have some working knowledge of how to find a therapist and the kinds of therapists that practice (click to read Seeking Counsel).  There are many different approaches therapists use as forms of intervention and modalities of work.  Oftentimes, therapists are eclectic and use a variety of different techniques and approaches to getting to […]

Untitled Thoughts by Joy Lieberthal Rho, Co-Founder of IAMAdoptee

How do we feed ourselves when we were raised on pasta and pizza? It’s a facetious question, because I have nothing against pasta or pizza, but I distinctly remember that pizza was an acquired taste and I never crave pasta the way I crave rice.  I still hold my memory of pizza for the first […]

Adoptees of South America creates community!

IAMAdoptee meets Adoptees of South America.  We are so thrilled to have a chance to speak with Maria and Megan, adoptees from Ecuador, and learn about their ambitious goal of creating community for intercountry adoptees born in South America.  Our contributor Emma, sat with them to hear all about them and their project! Adoptees of […]

Holidays as Adoptees

As we say goodbye to 2020, it has been a year of so many challenges.  COVID-19 is not yet behind us and so many of us are finding ways to be creative this holiday season.  And while, you may not be traveling much this year to gather, the celebrations and the dilemmas can remain much […]

Colombian Adoptee Katie Betancourt on Searching for Birth Family and Self

Emma, IAMAdoptee Contributor: Do you go by Katie Cicneros? Katie: My legal name is that, but in terms of Facebook, I have it as Betancourt because that’s my birth name. And I just do it in case somebody’s searching, but my legal name is Cicneros. Emma: Is that how you would like us to identify […]