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 […]

This Song Is About Mental Health – IAMAdoptee’s Moment with DanAKADan

In continuing our efforts to address wellness in the intercountry adoptee community, IAMAdoptee connects with Dan Matthews, musician, rapper, documentarian and creative. Dan Matthews, DANakaDAN, is an alternative rap artist from Los Angeles, CA. As a Korean adoptee he’s produced several documentaries about the adoptee experience, as well as his very personal journey reuniting with his […]

IAMAdoptee and Korean American Story: United in Sharing Resilience and Strength

It began again with the death of a young 14 year old Korean adoptee by suicide.  Her death and the stories of death by suicide of adoptees from Korea, Ethiopia, India, Vietnam and more emerged louder and clearer.  For those of us serving and supporting the well-being of intercountry adoptees from academics to clinicians, this […]

How It May Feel To Be in Consultation With a Therapist

Jessica Kim Gruber, LMFT speaks with Jaeki and JoJo on the podcast “$6.99 Per Pound” about what it may feel like to be in consultation with a therapist. While the episode addresses issues facing the hosts under the current COVID-19 epidemic, IAMAdoptee is shining a light on Jessica, adopted from Korea, who gives a little […]

$6.99 Per Pound: Mental Health in the Face of Hate

IAMAdoptee Co-Founder, Joy Lieberthal Rho, LCSW speaks with Jaeki and Jojo of $6.99 Per Pound podcast about the ways Asian Americans and Asian adoptees can take care of their mental health. To listen to the episode, go to your favorite podcast platform or visit https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-health-in-face-hate-joy-lieberthal-rho-lcsw/id1374927391?i=1000473521693

How COVID-19 May Be Provoking Old Wounds, Part III

Part 3 with Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker and IAMAdoptee contributing editor, Emma Click to read Parts I & II Q: Can you lend your expertise on a few scenarios that might be particular to the international adoptee community as it pertains to attachment and family? Scenario 1: There are a lot of college students, young adult adoptees, […]

How COVID-19 May Be Provoking Old Wounds, Part II

Part 2 with Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker and IAMAdoptee contributing editor, Emma Click here to read Part I Q: How does this current health pandemic have the potential to exacerbate a lack of or strengthen our sense of community and belonging? Chaitra: I feel like this is kind of the same as all of the other […]

How COVID-19 May Be Provoking Old Wounds

Q&A with Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker and IAMAdoptee contributing editor, Emma    Q: COVID-19 might trigger some latent issues for adoptees in particular, for example with challenges surrounding food and food scarcity. People are posting all over social media about grocery shopping, being stocked, or having anxiety of not having enough. Some are making grand elaborate meals. Others […]