Anna Grundström – Dancer, Artist, BodyMind Movement Facilitator, Teacher, Healer

IAMAdoptee interviews Anna Grundström, adopted from Indonesia, as she shares her own awakening of her adoption story and how she is now helping intercountry adoptees explore the language of the body, the stories our body tells and finding resilience. What is your name(s)? Anna Grundström How do you identify yourself? Indonesian Adoptee, Transracial Adoptee, BodyMind […]

Reiki Master Heather Schultz Gittens and Her Journey to Healing

IAMAdoptee spoke with Reiki Master Heather Schultz Gittens, adopted from Korea, about her experience in finding meaning and healing through the practice of Reiki. What is your name(s)? My name is Heather Schultz Gittens. My birth name is Huh Mee-Young. My pronouns are she/her. How do you identify yourself? My identity is not limited to […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]