Outside Announcements

  1. A Message from IAMAdoptee Founder Sung Joo Lee

  2. New Book on Kunming, Yunnan from CCI Adoptive Parent

  3. Seeking Participants for “Adoptees Revisiting China” Study

  4. Introducing Adopted Youth for Abandoned Children

  5. One Last Push for the Two United Chinese Americans (UCA) Letters written to Chinese Birth Parents and the Chinese Government

  6. 2019 KAAN Conference Registration Open

  7. Seeking Chinese Adoptees to take a survey for a Master's Program Study

  8.  AKA Announces Scholarship for Adoptees

  9. Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program looking for Adoptees to take Survey for Dissertation

  1. A message from IAMADOPTEE founder Sung Joo Lee


I Am Adoptee is an organization created by Adoptees for Adoptees. It is a way for Adoptees to connect with other Adoptees locally, nationally, and globally. By creating I AM Adoptee, I am hoping all Adoptees will have easier access in connecting with each other especially area that does not have a large population of Adoptees. In addition I AM Adoptee provides adoption content created by adoptees, resource information about adoption.  

In addition, I AM Adoptees VISION- created by adoptees for adoptees, I AM Adoptee 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 I AM Adoptee; we welcome you, the adoptee, to be the narrator, commentator and contributor through this interactive community. No matter where you are in your discovery of your international adoption identity, I AM Adoptee seeks to provide resources to guide you through your journey by crowdsourcing ideas and inviting your participation in the worldwide conversation of how adoption has impacted millions of people.

All membership is Free. Please help spread the word and get everyone registered for I AM Adoptee. We are one million strong and let our voices and presence be felt within our community and the world

How do I register?

Before you register, please make sure you have access to TWO (2) separate photos.

1) “Referral” adoption photo. If you do not have a “Referral” photo, please use a photo that represents your “adoption beginnings” (I.E infant or toddler picture). Regardless of our stories, all adoptees had a beginning and it is critical that all members share their beginning with the community.

2) “Current” photo. The current photo represents you now. Make sure you select that picture that best defines you who are now!

These two photos will be your profile membership that represents you and I AM Adoptee.

Click on website link here. For easier registration I would suggest registering on a laptop and desktop. You can access I AM Adoptee on a mobile device but for the first time registration, I recommend the above. You will get a list of questions and required to upload two photos as noted above.

It is required to upload your “Referral” and Current Photo for the website to approve your membership. The more information you can share about your adoption the greater chance you will be able to connect with other Adoptees with similar information and interests within your location.

If you are interested in volunteering and/or want to submit any work created by you, please email iamadoptee@gmail.com

Please join US and become part of the I AM Adoptee community!

Dated February 4th, 2019

2. New Book on kunming, Yunnan from CCI adoptive parent

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A message from one of our members: Hi everyone! This post is mainly for adoptive parents. In 2002 my adoptive parents and I moved to China for a year. We spent a year in Kunming, Yunnan Province. My dad has written a book about his experiences there. There are also insights as to what it's like having an adopted Chinese girl living in China with two western parents. This is a great read for anyone interested in visiting or living in China. It's also a great book for anyone adopted from Kunming or Yunnan Province. There are lots of photos too! His book is available on AAmazon as an e-book and also paperback book to order. Any support would be greatly appreciated!

Dated February 4th, 2019

3. Seeking Participants for “Adoptees Revisiting China” Study

My name is Kelly. I am an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at Grand Valley State University. This study, “Adoptees Revisiting China,” will focus on adoptees from China who have returned since their adoption, for any reason, and how that trip has influenced perceptions of identity. You may be a candidate for this study if you meet the following criteria:

1. Adopted from China to the United States
2. Returned to China since your adoption 
3. 18 years old or older
4. Currently live in the United States

The survey will be available from January, 2019 – February 28, 2019. 

If you are eligible and interested in participating in the survey study, please access the following link: https://gvsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1G0dpM6uVaYL71z

The survey will take an estimated 25-30 minutes to complete.

This research could potentially help adoptees from China understand their travels more and their emotions once this research is completed. It could also inform other adoptees who have not yet traveled back to China of what other adoptees have experienced. 

For more information concerning the survey, please contact me via email (hancoxk@mail.gvsu.edu). If you would like to contact my faculty advisor, please contact Dr. Kimberly McKee, Department of Liberal Studies, Grand Valley State University via email (mckeeki@gvsu.edu) or phone (616-331-8196). For information concerning your rights as survey participants, please contact the Grand Valley State University Human Research Review Committee via email (hrrc@gvsu.edu) or phone (616-331-3197). 

Thank you in advance!

Dated January 10, 2019

4. Introducing Adopted Youth for Abandoned Children

Hello CCI Members,

My name is Mia Swanson, and I am a fellow young Chinese adoptee. I am working on an organization, currently called Adopted Youth for Abandoned Children (AYAC)  to join together Chinese adoptees in the USA in order to help orphans still in China. I thought there would be so much we could do and learn from each other, in addition to making a difference. 

My goals are:

1. To get know each other and build a community together.

2. To pen pal with orphans in China and share our cultures. 

3. Work to provide one thing for one Chinese orphanage yearly, that they feel they need to make life easier. 

4. Raise awareness and advocate for these children to also get adopted. 

Thank you for reading. With a youth-led board of caring leaders and adoptees, I believe we can make this happen. 

If this is of interest to you, please contact me at miaswanson@gmail.com. I’m glad to answer any questions or concerns, and hear any ideas you have or discuss any role you’d like to play in this effort. :) Here is a Google Docs with more information, and I will update it weekly based on your questions.

Dated January 10, 2019

5. One Last Push for the Two United Chinese Americans (UCA) Letters written to Chinese Birth Parents and the Chinese Government

The United Chinese Americans (UCA) has collected over 900 signatures on the two letters written to Chinese Birth Parents and the senior leadership of the Chinese government.

Please send the following links out to your networks and ask all those you know to review and consider signing the letters to help UCA reach the goal of 1,000 signatures. At that point in time UCA will schedule a press release and then send the letters to China.

The first letter is designed to bring awareness to Chinese birth parents that many Chinese adoptees desire to connect with members of their birth families.  The second letter is an appeal for support from the top leaders of China to help facilitate these connections.

You can reach these two letters via the following links:



Will you please help us reach this goal and show your support by clicking on the link below and sign a statement indicating you support these letters?


If we all give this effort one more push we should be able to reach the goal of 1,000 signatures soon!

Dated February 4th, 2019

5. 2019 KAAN Conference #KAAN 2019


Registration for #KAAN2019 is NOW open! Register online at www.WeAreKAAN.org.

KAAN (the Korean Adoptee and Adoptive Family Network) is offering some new ticket options this year so please read through the information carefully to ensure you are purchasing all of the tickets you need for your #KAAN2019 experience. Early Bird registration pricing ends on April 15. 

On our home page you'll find our exciting main stage performers and keynotes. More program details will be released in the coming days and weeks. 

We are a looking forward to seeing you in Minneapolis in June! #KAANCommunity

Dated February 14, 2019

6. Seeking chinese adoptees to take survey for a master’s program study

Hi everyone! I'm doing a study for my master's program at Peking University on Chinese adoptees. Would love for you all to take this survey. Should only be 10-15 minutes of your time. (apologize that some things are in Chinese, you should be able to translate it using google translate in Chrome). Find survey here

Dated January 1, 2019

7. AKA Announces Very First Scholarship for Adoptees


Also-Known-As has established a scholarship program to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of young dynamic adoptees attending college.  The Also-Known-As Adoptee Excellence Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for an outstanding graduating high school senior or undergraduate student who was adopted to the United States from another country.  

The Adoptee Excellence Scholarship is open to international adoptees who demonstrate the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and good citizenship. Also-Known-As seeks candidates who have used their formative youth experiences and insight gained through navigating their own adoption story to lead, serve, and pursue a life of purpose and significance, both individually and for their communities.  

International adoptees are invited to apply if they were adopted to the U.S. from another country; age 25 or under as of the application deadline; and plan to enroll full-time in fall 2019 in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college, university, or vocational-technical school. Financial need is not a consideration. The scholarship will be awarded in May 2019.

Application deadline: April 15, 2019!  Please see their website for application materials and send any questions to the Scholarship Committee at scholarship@alsoknownas.org.

Dated February 14th, 2019

8. Chinese adoptees write “Open letter to Chinese birth parents” and “Open letter to top leaders of china”

Please read the attached letters: "Open Letter to Chinese Birth Parents" and "Open Letter to Top Leaders of China." These heartfelt letters were written by adoptees Cassidy Sack and Joey Beyer, who are working with scholars from the UCA (https://ucausa.org/), to bring awareness to birth parents that adoptees desire connection with their Chinese families, and to request support from the top leaders of China. The letter to the Chinese government will hopefully be shared at the Chinese People’s Congress annual meeting in March of 2019. Please show your support by signing the final Google Document form. Thank you. Feel free to message or comment if you have any questions or concerns.

Open Letter to Chinese Birth Parents: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XPk7CCtNoycDB2xdTsGJAns5FsA8TFbDt_LwoltasR4/edit

Open Letter to Top Leaders of China: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx2fP5xV1JdHREstaTFTNXFIUXduTkcteEQxb0NMQ0R4a1dN/view

Please click the link below to support the Adoptee Open Letters to China and Birth Parents: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DOrwvI2t5bRTEzbdP9VqYs6sgNUe2J3qPjQaqNru-k4/viewform?edit_requested=true

Please copy and share with other Chinese adoptees and adoptive parents if you are so inclined.

Dated November 28, 2018

9. Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program looking for Adoptees to take Survey for Dissertation

My name is Kaylee Jensen and I am a doctoral student in the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program at Alliant International University in Sacramento, CA. I am currently conducting a study to examine the relationship contact with biological parents has in the self-concept development of adult adoptees.

If you are:

  • An adult 18 years or older,

  • Live in the United States

  • Able to read/understand English

  • Adopted in a non-stepparent adoption as a child

I hope you will consider participating in a brief (15-20 minutes) survey. Your responses will be anonymous (that is no information that could identify your response will be collected) and all data collected from the survey will be kept confidential. If you have any questions, please contact me at adoptiondissertationAIU@gmail.com

To participate in this study, please click on this link:


Thank you for your consideration and participation in my dissertation research.


Kaylee Jensen

Approved by Alliant International University Institutional Review Board

Dated February 10, 2019