CCi’s Quick List of Adoptee blogs, organizations, and articles
Disclaimer: Inclusion of resources does not constitute endorsement of views expressed on the individual sites. These sites are provided as resources ONLY.
NOTE: If you are an adoptee who would like your blog to be added to this list, please contact us! Conversely, if your blog has been included in this list and you would like us to take it down, please let us know, and we would be happy to do so.
A Chinese Adoptee’s Story An unnamed Chinese adoptee shares her story as well as her thoughts on abandonment, birth parent searching, and her relationship with her parents.
Adoption Truth & Transparency Worldwide Information Network This blog is curated by Janine Myung Ja! This website dedicates itself in respecting adoptees’, orphans’, families of adoption-loss’, etc. historical narratives. There’s also a Facebook group based on this blog/organization as well! If you’re interested, please refer to “Adoption Truth & Transparency Worldwide Information Network” in the “Organization” section.
Alex Brennan Productions Alex's youtube channel focusing on being an Adoptee
Chinawistful Hi, my name is Kate! I am passionate about different cultures, make people happy, and adoption. My blog story will always be inspiration and heart warming for adoptees and adoptive parents who adopt their children to help understand the deaf community and how to access communication and American Sign Language (ASL).
China’s Controversy Hi my name is Kira! I am 21 years old and a Chinese adoptee from the Guangdong Province. I was adopted when I was 3-5 months and brought to Toronto, Ontario. My family and I moved and now we live in British Columbia, Canada. I have two brother, who aren't adopted, and am attending college to complete my BBA. I studied one year in Berlin, Germany and have dedicated myself to aiding incoming and outgoing exchange students. I love getting to know new people, especially from other countries and learning about the world around me. I enjoy learning new languages, travelling, reading quotes and socks. I also really love potatoes, soup and eating in general. I am passionate about different cultures, making people happy, body image and adoption!
Chinese Adoptee Links This is a compilation of Chinese adoptee blogs from various writers. The content is pretty diverse. It covers book reviews, film reviews, reflections, essays, articles, etc.
Confessions of an Adoptee A thought-provoking blog that posts some of the innermost thoughts and feelings that adoptees have in relation to their adoption and identities. Submissions are primarily published anonymously.
Dear Adoption A blog made up of letters from adoptees whose motto is give voice to those most affected by adoption: adoptees. The site includes a nice list of resources for adult adoptees that we highly recommend.
Did You Ever? Taylor Shennett is a Chinese adoptee adopted from Hunan, China. She dedicates her blog to unveiling what adoption is realistically like; Taylor argues that adoption is never a straightforward experience to process.
Earim Jing A Chinese Adoptee shares her story as well as her thoughts on a multitude of issues, including mental health, adoption in the media, and the one child policy.
Gazillion Voices To create a platform for adoptees and their allies to bring topics important to the adoption community to life through rich, compelling, and thought-provoking content that will be accessible to the broader community and will ultimately reframe and reshape the conversation about adoption.
Harlow’s Monkey “Harlow’s Monkey” is a blog that focuses on the intercountry and transracial adoption from the adoptee’s perspective. The blogger is a Korean adoptee and an assistant professor in University of Washington, Tacoma in the Social Work program. She’s particularly interested in to subject of adoption, foster care, child welfare, orphans/vulnerable children, race, class, & disability. While the content caters to adoptees, Harlow’s Monkey hopes that the material will also be helpful for open-minded parents and professionals by offering a lot of useful resources for adoptees, parents, and professionals, alike.
The Here and Nao Naomi's personal YouTube channel focusing on making videos about her travels, being an Adoptee and promoting East Asian Voices and Media in Britain. She also has a blog which you can find here.
I am Adopted “I am Adopted” is not only a platform for adoptees to share their experiences, but also acts like a guide for adoptive parents who are trying to understand adoption from their children’s own perspective. This blog’s goal is for all adoptees are born with a purpose, that they matter, and their voices matter.
Kiera McCabe Chinese adoptee shares her thoughts on Hollywood representation, Yellow Fevor, and other topics.
Lost Daughters “Lost Daughters” is an independent collaborative writing project that was created back in 2011 and is edited and authored by adult female adoptees from diverse backgrounds. This blog aims provide stories and point of views of female adoptees, critically analyze the pros and cons of adoption (as an institution) in an empowering manner.
Little Lily Big World Lily shared everyday adoptee thoughts.
Myownrace “In this blog, I am going to focus on my story of adoption. I will try to explain how it has effected me in the past, how it is effecting me now, and what I expect for the future."
On the Periphery “On the Periphery” is dedicated to discussing the problems surrounding the presence of transracial Asian adoption, as well as challenge Western, patriarchal ideologies and any misconceptions of adoptees.
Red Thread Broken "This blog includes personal questions, reflections, upcoming adoptee events, literature reviews and responses to recent adoptee media, as well as the ideas of what it means to be Chinese American. This blog presents a more holistic view of international adoption as opposed to the "Hallmarkization" as portrayed in the media."
Stories from an Adoptee I started my blog in October 2015. I want to create more awareness about adoption. I would like to give people the full impression about being adopted. Not only negative effects but also the positive ones. Adoption is for me a way of living. It made me for who I am. My adoption gave me a second life but gives me also a lot of pain. Therefore these stories are about lost, loss, love and friendship. These themes are universal and I hope other people can relate to my stories too. I am a very creative person and therefore it's an artistic blog I love to paint and write so a lot of items are made by me. If I see something else very inspiring I also put it on my blog. My blog tells stories about how I deal with adoption and how it inspires me in life. Love, the Happy Panda!
The Adopted Life “The Adopted Life” originated as Angela Tucker’s (a Black adoptee) blog that acted as a safe space for her to publically share her struggles as a transracial adoptee, hoping that by doing so would help grow the adoptee community that were raised in closed adoptions. Her blog has received recognition that it turned into a platform miniseries. Angela is an adoption advocate who does keynote speaker, and has released a documentary, called “Closure”, which covers her experience in being reunited with her biological mother.
The Declassified Adoptee Woolston is an adult white adoptee who works as an author, speaker, licensed social worker, and psychotherapist with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in social work. She has been writing about adoption for over 6 years, founded Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights, Lost Daughters, co-facilitate an adoption support group, and contributes to “Gazillion Voices Magazine” and “Social Work Helper.”
The Humanist Adoptee “The Humanist Adoptee” focuses on confronting the realities of adoption/being an adoptee by sharing their personal opinions, poems, facts, etc.
Transracial Eyes “Transracial Eyes” is one of the many outlets for adoptees of all kinds to speak their minds on the subject of adoption without having to worry about being censored or appropriated.
Thoughts of an Adoptee “Hi and welcome. I'm a 21 year old artist who just happens to be adopted from China. When I was little I always wondered who my birth parents where. Where I came from etc. Well I thought I would get myself a blog to record some of these stuff. I am currently on an on and off search for my birth family. I also like to talk about issues in the Asian American and Adoptee community. Follow along as I start to figure out my past and future.”
Through the Eyes of an Adoptee Kid Becky is an adoptee that works as an attorney and a professional leadership consultant. Her blog is targeted for adoptees and for people curious about the adoptee life, alike. She maintains a good relationship with her adoptive and biological families.
We Are Not China Dolls A Blog for Asian Adoptees. "Clearing ignorance and confronting racism, as well as transnationalism: Our purpose is to provide a place for adoptees and people to ask questions concerning adoption in Asia."
Adopteen Adopteen” is an organization that was founded in 2007 by teens and was organized by adoptees for adoptees. “Adopteen” offers various programs, such as “Adoptween” (a program for adoptees in their tweens) and “Adopteen Camp-Conference” (a camp for adoptees to hang out & have fun). Their mission is to provide a safe environment for adoptees in their teens/young adulthood to share and grow without adult intervention, as well as to have effective programs that will benefit the general adoptee community.
I Am Adoptee Created by adoptees for adoptees, IAMadoptee comes from the singular vision that the international adopted person is the heart of the international overseas adoption story. We seek to provide our international adoptee members with a platform to find others like ourselves, to make connections and to share the many ways we can help each other. At IAMadoptee, we welcome you, the adoptee, to be the narrator, commentator and contributor through this interactive online community. No matter where you are in your discovery of your international adoption identity, IAMadoptee seeks to provide resources to guide you through your journey by crowd sourcing ideas and inviting your participation in the worldwide conversation of how adoption has impacted millions of people.
InterCountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV) previously known as ICASN (InterCountry Adoptee Support Network) began in 1998 in Sydney, Australia as a support network created by intercountry adoptees for intercountry adoptees, of any country of origin. ICAV’s informal network has grown to include adoptees and adoptee led groups from around the world. Today, ICAV provides a platform for adoptees to connect in, share, educate, and advocate to the wider public about the issues we face – political, social and emotional, including the not so positive aspects of intercountry adoption.
Korean American Adoptive Family Network (KAAN) is an all-volunteer organization, fiscally-sponsored through The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. It was founded in 1998 to connect and serve the adoption community. The annual KAAN conference moves to locations across the country, engaging the local community as well as our core of repeat attendees. With the primary objective of providing affordable, meaningful resources and information, the conference unites us all in a space of respect and commitment to growth. Their mission is to improve the lives of Korean-born adoptees by connecting the community and providing opportunities for dialogue, education, and support.
One World: Chinese Adoptee Links CAL is the first global group created by Chinese adoptees. Their blog showcases various guest writers' pieces and reflects the global community of Chinese adoptees.
Transracial Eyes "A resource for those exploring the ideas of transracial and/or international adoption, whose primary raison d’etre is to provide a platform for adoptees to speak without censorship. We therefore make no apologies for what we think and feel here, nor do we serve anyone but adoptees."
Adoptees in the News
“An Adoptee is Returning to China” Olivia Wolf, an intern for As Am News, writes about her upcoming trip to visit Shaoyang, Henan province (her birthplace) for the 1st time with her father. She plans to visit the welfare center that she came from in attempts to
search for her foster mother.
“Adopted 11-Year-Old Born In China Wants To Run For President In 2040 – So She’s Working To Change The Law”Alena Mulhern discusses the unfairness of the US’ constitution prevention from non-US-born citizens reaching the
Oval Office, and how that limitation obstructs her (& others’) dream of becoming the US president.
“A ‘Lost’ Daughter Speaks, and All of China Listens” Jenna Cook shares her experience of searching for her birth/biological parents in Wuhan, Hubei province, as well as the responses she has received over the course of her stay by the Chinese public and press.
A post from “Humans of New York” A Chinese adoptee talks about her relationship with her single, adoptive mom.
“Born Chinese, raised American, an adoptee explores her identity” A Chinese adoptee collaborates with her adoptive mother, who works as a journalist, to share her journey of finding her identity, her return to her birthplace, and, lastly, the impact the China’s one-child policy had on the practice of international/transnational adoption.
“Born in Jiangsu, long in the United States, my life experience” Maya Ludtke writes and reflects about her trip back to Xiaxi (her hometown) and shares the reactions people had of her while she was there.
“Chinese Adoptees at Home in America” Meng Han explores the lives and issues of Chinese adoptees living in the US in the midst of her English Fellowship.
“China’s one-child policy led to my adoption — and a more privileged life” Ricki Mudd talks about her reunion with her biological/birth parents, the discoveries she made during her stay in her birthplace, as well as her thoughts about the One-Child Policy.
“I Found My Birth Mother. It Didn't Rock My Life — And That's Ok” Ashley Westerman talks about her reunion with her biological/birth mother from the Philippines, from a realistic perspective.While she was excited about seeing her mother again for the first time, she discusses her emotions of how her life did not seem to dramatically change afterwards, and that she did not have much in common with her mom, other than genetics.
“I Hate Being Judged Because I Look Different Than My Adoptive Family” Emma, an Indonesian adoptee, shares her experiences of people making remarks about how “different” she looks from the rest of her family. She hopes that people will come to realize that her family is just like any other typical family, and that she is not as different as it may appear from her own family.
“On Centering Adoptee Narratives” by Casey Lu Simon-Plumb, Meghan Kelly, & Christopher Malfronti. This article argues that the adoption experience is different for every adoptees, and that their own thoughts about adoption can be different from others. They also share questions for everyone to think about in order to critically analyze the practice of adoption.
“On China’s one-child policy: reflections of an adoptee” Chinese adoptee, Scout Gregorson, responds to an opinion paper written by Sarah Conly (a professor of philosophy) concerning the One-Child Policy.
“The point of return” Three teens make their way back to the orphanage they left in China - this time as volunteers.
“Searching for her Birth Parents, Chinese girl adopted to the United States 22 years ago just wants them to know she is safe and happy” In 1996, Carol Free adopted a girl, who she named Kathryn, and took her to California. This year Kathryn returned to China to seek her biological parents – but, for any number of reasons, they may not want to be found
“Staying connected: Why these nine adoptees from China reunite annually” Nicknamed the Spicy Sisters,” the nine adoptees from China and their parents make an effort to reunite annually.
“The Struggle For Identity As An Asian American Adoptee” Kristin Lauritsch shares her experience of being a Korean adoptee who grew up in a white suburban, as well as her experience of being involved with the Asian Student Union in college.
“The Not-So Perks Of A “Privileged” Life: The Consequences of China’s One-Child Policy” Mary-Claire Colombo reflects on the One-Child Policy and shares her conflicting feelings about the policy’s recent termination.
“Two Asian-American Women Discuss What It Means To Be Transracial Adoptees” Huffington Post interviews two Korean adoptees on the subject of transracial adoption, race, Korean culture, and family.
“You Can Go Home Again” In search of answers, two Chinese American teens return to the rural towns in China where they were abandoned as infants.