Colombian adoptee helps adoptees search

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Crossing borders: A family quest

One woman’s search to find her biological parents across an ocean has led to a network to help other foreign-born adopted children.

When international adoptee Marcia Engel set out to find her biological parents, she found that the system wasn’t geared to helping her—and that intermediary bodies were even exploiting her quest.

Her response was to create a network to give families the opportunity to reunite without having to resort to paying for help.

“I wanted to have this free registration system,” said Engel. “It is important that adoptees and their parents have the option to search for one another. Currently, parents and adoptees have little information and they always experience bumps in the road, dead ends.”

Engel’s newly launched Adoption Angels Network ( is part of her initiative, Plan Angel, created after a long and torturous search for her biological parents.

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