In Their Own Words: Korean adoptees talk about finding their birthparents.
October 24, 2007
Since the end of World War II, over 100,000 Korean infants and children—approximately one out of twelve Korean Americans—have been adopted into American families. While there are no statistics documenting what percentage of them have been reunited with their birth families, it’s clear that the number is growing steadily. As the oldest and largest population of transnationally adopted people in the United States, their experiences of search and reunion shed light on what the future may hold for younger generations of adoptees from China, South America, and other parts of the world.
I hope that much more writing on reunions appears in coming years. For myself as an adoptive parent, but more so for my children.
I have also been pondering if there are things we can do now that might facilitate their search. We firmly believe that it is their choice – the boys and their birth family, but I hear enough that these searches are difficult that if there is something I can do to improve their chances, I likely will.
I am also actively seeking a means by which my children – and myself – can learn Korean. I have been studying it for years now. Both to honor their home culture but also to ease their exploration later on. And if I learn with them, we can help each other learn.