Understanding how being adopted can impact our general sense of wellness and accessing services for our mental health continues to be a unique challenge. IAMAdoptee is working hard to curate resources, articles, thought pieces and interviews by intercountry adoptee professionals for us.
We are not out of the woods yet, so here are some fun ways to cope while being isolated and wanting to connect:
- IAMAdoptee reached out to Astrid Castro, founder of Adoption Mosaic and adoptee from Colombia. She created an “Adoption in the Movies” booklet that will soon be available. Check out her organization and programs at https://www.facebook.com/pg/AdoptionMosaic/services/
We asked Astrid for her top 3 movies where an intercountry adoptee’s story is featured:
Catfish and Blackbean Sauce
A Peck on the Cheek
First Person Plural, documentary
- Intercountry adoptees have been seen in some recent films of note.
- Lana Condor, adoptee from Vietnam, in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy
- Leah Lewis, adoptee from China, in The Half of It
- Kevin Kreider, adoptee from Korea, in Bling Empire
- Kimura Byol, adoptee from Korea, has been a long time archivist of all books and films and creative pieces by intercountry adoptees. Check out her extensive historical website: https://adopteeculturalarchives.wordpress.com/
- Want to join a book club? Join the Adoptee Board of Families with Children From China (FCCNY) at FCCNY.org or contact [email protected]
- Adoptee led organizations offering social interactions or virtual events. To find a group, check out the bottom of this page.
Mental Health, Wellness and Being Adopted
- Seeking Counsel: An Expert Panel in Mental Health Shares Wisdom
- Adoption: Adverse Childhood Experience Explained with Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker
- Attachment Theory Explained by Kacy Ames, LCSW
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy by Kacy Ames, LCSW
- How It May Feel To Be In Consultation With A Therapist
- $6.99 Per Pound – Mental Health in the Face of Hate