Seeking Culture & Identity
Food, Language Classes, Camps, Tours, and Trips!
Find out more or let us know what we missed!
At IAMAdoptee, we know we are more than the culture of our adoptive homes. 20 years after the Motherland tours and culture camps were created, we are still seeking ways to connect with our birth culture through food, language, classes and trips.
Organizations that have developed tours for many different countries:
- Your local adoptee organization
- Your adoption agency may organize tours and groups to your birth country, as well as other cultural resources
- Adoptive Family Homeland Journeys – TIES program
- Kate DeLosso, Certified Travel Counselor – 866.361.0535
- Lotus Travel
- Sun Travel USA
- Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families – Colorado
- Adoptive Families Magazine – for listings of state by state resources
If you know of your local group or organization offering classes
workshops, or social opportunities, please let us know so we can post it:
- Chinese Adoptee Links (CAL)
- Chinese Heritage Camp – Colorado
- Global Girls International
- The 100,000 Strong Foundation
- Adopted from Missionaries of Charity (orphanage-specific group): supports and connects individuals adopted from India to the United States from the Missionaries of Charity orphanages in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.
- Children of International Mission of Hope (orphanage-specific group): for children and families who came through International Mission of Hope India and Vietnam to united, share experiences, as well as stay in touch with those affiliated with IMH.
- IMH Babies – Calcutta (orphanage specific groups): for anyone that was adopted from the International Mission of Hope orphanage in Calcutta, India.
- Desi Adoptees United: an Indian adoptee group (ages 18 and older) for those who live in the United States and were adopted from India.
Indian Culture Camps and Organizations:
- Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp – Colorado
- IDesi Generation 1.5: Designed to help Indian Nepalese Heritage campers and other Indian/Nepalese adoptees to keep in contact. Open to siblings of adoptees too.
- Lost Sarees: Uniting Indian adoptees and building bridges of understanding between Indian adoptees and South Asian communities through arts, education and advocacy.
- Minnesota Adopted Desi: Network for adopted Indians living in Minnesota, sharing event information in the Indian community and the adoption community.
- Mudra Dance Studio
Korea Motherland/Birth Country Tours:
- Nest Korea
- Me & Korea – California
- Sejong Cultural Education, Inc. – New Jersey
- ASIA Families – Maryland
- AdopteeBridge – Minnesota
Korea Culture Camps:
- Korean Heritage Camp – Colorado
- IIA Korean Culture Camp – Iowa
- Sejong Cultural Education, Inc. – New Jersey – motherland tour and culture camp
- Camp Friendship – New Jersey
- Korean Culture Camp – Minnesota
- Camp Chingu – New York
- Camp Mujigae – New York
- Camp Mugunghwa – North Carolina
- Sae Jong Camp – Michigan
- Korean Culture Camp of Michigan – Michigan
- Kamp Kimchee – Minnesota
- Destination Korea Camp – Texas
- KIDS: Korean Identity Development Society – Washington
- Camp Choson – Wisconsin
Latin America Camps:
- La Semana – Minnesota – One week day camp for children grades K-7 plus high school ayudantes
- Latin American Heritage Camp – Colorado
Vietnam Culture Camp and Motherland Tours:
HR 2731: Adoptee Citizenship Act
To read on the purpose of this very significant bill:
National Alliance for Adoptee Equality
We are excited to introduce the National Alliance for Adoptee Equality (NAAE), a network of community organizations coming together to strengthen advocacy and advance a legislative solution to citizenship inequalities among international adoptees.
Many intercountry adoptees lack citizenship despite having been adopted as children by American citizens. The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 automated the citizenship process and granted citizenship retroactively to adoptees who were affected—except for those who had reached 18 years before the enactment date. The abrupt transition of responsibility for naturalization placed many adoptees in legal limbo.
Citizenship and nationality are the fundamental human rights of all individuals. Families who come together through adoption deserve the same rights, privileges, and security as biological families. Adoptees should receive equal legal inheritances, including insurance benefits, family name, and other assumed family rights. Adoptees who were not naturalized by their parents deserve citizenship as they legally immigrated to the U.S. as children.
The purpose of the Alliance is to advance awareness and strengthen the voice for international adoptees whose rights are impaired. The alliance establishes a national network of organizations and individuals who are actively supporting the passage of the Adoptee Citizenship Act.
The NAAE is led by the Korean American Grassroots Conference, Adoptee Rights Campaign, and Holt International. KAGC is the largest nationwide network of Korean American voters and has advocated for this matter as part of its annual policy priorities since 2018. ARC is a leading advocate and represents a prominent number of impacted American adoptees. A pioneer in intercountry adoption, Holt International has advocated for adoptee citizenship rights for decades.
As a signatory of NAAE, your name or your organization’s name and profile will be part of our communication to Congress and media. Demonstrating strong national support is critical to achieving a solution to this important public policy. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to strengthening our community. We look forward to your partnership.
Korean American Grassroots Conference
Adoptee Rights Campaign
Adoptees For Justice
We encourage you to please contact your congressional representative if you would like them to support Citizenship for All Adoptees: HR 2731
It’s been 20 years since The First Gathering (™) of Adult Korean Adoptees, held in Washington DC. IAMAdoptee has so much personal love for the first gathering. Founders Tom and Joy were members of Also-Known-As, the only adoptee organization invited to be on the planning committee for that event. This pioneer event was the brainchild of Susan Soon-Keum Cox. With the financial support of Holt International in collaboration with the then Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Also-Known-As and the labor of many adoptees, it was the first time nearly 400 Korean adoptees from all over the world came together to connect, to share their experiences and for many to create a sense of community and family. For the next couple of months, IAMAdoptee will be sharing interviews, photos and memories of participants who attended this pioneer event.
Before we get to the interviews of participants, IAMAdoptee is sharing the first survey completed by adult Korean adoptees of their lived experience of being adopted. As a freshly minted social worker, Joy had the amazing opportunity to work at the EBD Adoption Institute and write this report. To be in and among the words of fellow adoptees continues to be an honor. We hope you will take a few moments and read the full report and share with anyone curious about just what it means to be adopted, Korean and American.
Adoptees’ Perceptions of International Adoption
IAMAdoptee looks to provide the international adoptee community with information on what is going on in the world of adoption advocacy, research, policy and practice.
It has been over 20 years since the first group of international adoptees created organizations around the lived experience of being adopted. Hollee McGinnis, Founder of Also-Known-As, one of the oldest groups established and Joy Lieberthal Rho, one of the creators of IAMAdoptee spoke in 2016 on the already rich history of adoptee led organizations in the United States and Europe. Below is the Powerpoint presentation with notes.
Special Thanks to Susan Soon-Keum Cox, Todd Kwapisz, Sandy McLaughlin, Tim Holm, Mi-Ok Bruining, Kimura Byul, Ami Nafzger, Korean adoptees and pioneers!
History of Korean Adoptee-Led Organizations
Ways to Give Back
IAMAdoptee is so impressed by the thousands of adoptees who serve our community in many different ways. Did you know that every adoptee run organization is run by the energy of volunteers? Have you thought about giving some of your time to younger adoptees?
IAMAdoptee is committed to supporting local adoptee led organizations. Let us know if we are missing any!
Here are some ways you can be a part of it all:
University Mentorship Programs:
Be a Contributing Writer:
In Country Programs:
- > Adoptees Give Back – China
- > Catalyst Foundation – Vietnam
- > KKOOM – Korea
- > KUMFA – Korea
- > TIES Program – Latin America, Asia, Africa
- Out of the Fog
- Thicker Than Water
- Global Adoptee Talk
- Adoptees On
- The Rambler
- Who Am I Really?