TRA’s with their adoptive “twin” siblings

This was definitely one of those "huh?" moments for me.

I was adopted a few months before my sister was born to my adoptive parents, and our birthdays are the same month. So, although we are not the same age (I had almost a 3-year head start on her), my sister and I both came to my parents about the same time. We are definitely not "virtual" twins, as this article below describes, but given that I was very small for my age and my language and developmental delays, we were often treated as if we were the same age.

Adoption’s ‘virtual’ twins changing look of some American families
Different backgrounds didn’t prevent bonding for Sam, 7, and Jenna, 8.

By Nara Schoenberg
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Monday, June 26, 2006

Jenna and Sam Goering are in the same grade in school, play with the same younger brother and sisters, and live in the same spacious farmhouse-style home in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Seven years ago, they entered their parents’ lives on the same day.

And yet, Jenna and Sam aren’t twins.

He was born in the United States, the biological son of computer consultants Jody and Addison Goering. She was abandoned six months earlier in rural China, and first introduced to the Goerings through a string of urgent phone calls that started coming from their adoption agency just an hour after Sam’s birth.

Together, Jenna, who is Asian, and Sam, who is white, are part of a phenomenon that would have been almost inconceivable a generation ago: the emergence of interracial adoptive "twins."

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Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

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