Adopted 20 years ago in China, girls continue to bond at annual reunion

The China 7: Seven Chinese orphans were adopted by parents who live within a three-hour drive of one another. They’ve had reunions for the last 20 years. This was their first in 1997. From left: Hannah Stern, Hannah Chapman, Madison Parry, Clara Currie, Rosie Levinson, Kayla Steele and Nell Weaver. by Catherine Laughlin, FOR THE […]

French politician finds connection with Korean culture

Korea was never on the travel wish list of French politician Jean-Vincent Place, President of the French Ecologist Party. As a Korean adoptee, who was raised by a French couple in France since the age of seven, he intentionally did not have any interest in Korea, the country that he used to believe had abandoned […]

The Romanian boy who overcame the dark side of an international adoption

Nicolae Burcea got smallpox immediately after arriving in the US in 2002. He was sick in bed, looking out the window in a nice neighborhood. The 8-year old boy felt uncertain where the future was gonna lay, but it was the best feeling of being uncertain- to go to bed and not to worry about […]

Dear Adoption, You Are a Paradox

This is my story of the mind and heart’s fragmented journey and process through loss, love, and the light ahead. I am a book without the first few chapters; a movie without the first few scenes; a painting without a background; a house without a foundation. I was: Abandoned but loved Unwanted but chosen Hurting […]

What It’s Like to Be Adopted by White Parents

NBC’s Emmy-nominated “This is Us,” and the Oscar-nominated film “Lion” have put a pop culture spotlight on interracial adoption. As the United States is becomes more diverse, interracial adoption, also known as transracial adoption, has become an increasingly important topic. Despite its increased visibility, interracial adoption and the race-based challenges that can arise are still a […]

Mounds View’s Mark Braun: From abandoned baby to athlete, advocate

“I want to be the voice for these kids. I want to help them be successful in life.” Mark Braun, on helping disabled kids Born in Jamaica with spina bifida, Mark Braun was abandoned in a trash bin as an infant. After a police officer heard his cries, he was placed in a crowded orphanage […]

IAMADOPTEE Interviews Dr. Judy Eckerle of the Adoption Medical Clinic

IAMADOPTEE is about shining a light on the way adoptees contribute to the adoption community at large. IAMADOPTEE speaks to Dr. Judy Eckerle, pediatrician and Korean adoptee, as she prepares for the second annual gala for the Adoption Medicine Clinic at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.   Hey Judy, can you give us […]