Vietnamese adoptee reunited with his birth family

Thanh Campbell, was one of 57 orphans rescued by Canadian aid workers from Vietnam in 1975 as Siagon fell to the communists. In 2006 after a reunion for the orphans was held in Canada and reported on in Vietnam press, a man claiming to be Thanh's biological father contacted him through an email. DNA testing confirmed that Thanh was not an orphan and that he was mistakenly airlifted to Canada. On June first Thanh and his wife, Karina, children, from left, Aaron, 10, Rachel, 2, Matthew, 8, Joshua 4 and his adoptive father William are making the trip to Vietnam to reunite with his father and siblings.

'Mistaken' Vietnamese orphan to meet lost dad after 34 years

Bruce Ward, Ottawa Citizen

Published: Friday, May 29, 2009

– Thirty-four years after he was mistakenly whisked away from a Saigon
orphanage, Thanh Campbell – Orphan 32 – is returning to his homeland.

one of 57 children spirited from a Saigon orphanage to Canada in April
1975, is returning Saturday to be reunited with his biological father
and the brothers who never stopped searching for him after losing him
in the chaotic fall of Saigon.

Read the entire article here.


From Time: Why Fewer Americans are Adopting Chinese Kids

With fewer children being put up for adoption but the foreign demand
going strong, China can afford to be more selective. "I think they are
saying, you know what, we have fewer children now and so we are looking
for better parents," Zhong says. His organization has experienced a
drop from 1,152 China adoptions in 2005 to 422 in 2008. And while Beijing's
new standards may sound harsh to Americans with their hearts set on a
baby, they have little influence in the matter. "These are China's
children and they can set the requirement to what they deem is best,"
says Barron.

Fulbright scholar reunites with Korean birth family

Derek Hommel never imagined he'd someday speak to his birth mother face to face.

During a trip to South Korea in 2008, he decided to search for her.
Within two months, he reunited with his mother and met the brother he
didn't know he had. But the language barrier made it hard to

Hommel will have another chance to reconnect with them when he returns to South Korea in July to teach English as a Fulbright Scholar. He said the possibility of holding a conversation with his family is his motivation to become proficient in Korean.

Read the rest here.

Local Korean adoptee reunited with birth mother after 37 years

I can't help it. Everytime I see a reunion story it makes me cry. That this story involves someone from my own community (I'm not friends with Mr. Huston but I am friends of friends – in my state there's about a 2-degree of separation with Korean adoptees) makes it even more interesting to me.
Local Korean adoptee reunited with birth mother after 37 years

search for his birth mother took a Minnesota man more than 6,000 miles
away from home to Korea, where he was given up for adoption 37 years

Jon Huston never imagined he'd find his way back to Korea.

"I was very nervous. I didn't know what was going to happen. It was
the most nerve wrecking thing, to know if I would be accepted or
rejected," said Huston.

Watch the video of the reunion at KSTP-TV.

“Through the Looking Glass: Caitlin Brackett Meets Her Indentical Twin”

Through the Looking Glass: Caitlin Brackett Meets Her Indentical Twin

From the Boothbay Register

Caitlin Brackett of Boothbay, adopted as an infant from Korea,
used to dream she saw her twin coming toward her through a
mirror.  And she used to wonder what it would be like to share
life with someone identical to herself.

But her musings didn’t go far, as she knew her twin sister had
died at birth; that’s what it said on the records in her
adoption file.

It was not until March of 2003 that she and her parents learned
her twin sister was very much alive.

“An Adoption Nightmare”

From ABC News, an article about Fleas Biting blog author Desiree Smolin and her family

An Adoption Nightmare
– An American Couple Adopted Indian Sisters, Only to Learn They’d Been Stolen

One of the things I’m always looking for are the sound-bites from "experts" and how these statements continue the typical rhetoric and justification for the continuation of the status quo. For example, this following bit from Adam Pertman, Executive Director for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

"The truth is there are problems with the international adoption system. But American parents are often saving children from poverty, pestilence and war and we should not let the bad guys taint the good work many agencies are doing," he said. "If there is one child kidnapped and adopted, that is one too many. I can’t speak about every adoption and bad stuff does occur, but the majority are above board."

"Parents need to be careful. They need to be good consumers — not consumers of children, but of services. Too many people get caught up in getting a child that they miss the red flags," he said.

“Adoptees say local adoption system not free from irregularities “

An interesting article about Korean adoption. With the recent news about Vietnam, some adoptees in South Korea respond.

Adoptees say local adoption system not free from irregularities

I have often wondered about the numbers of adoptees who find birth family when they search. This is just from 2005. I am so curious about the total number of reunited adoptees.

According to government statistics, 13,068 overseas adoptees made
efforts to locate their biological families in 2005, but only 316 —
about 2 percent — were reunited.
Some of the foreign adoptees claim that they found out in the process
of searching for their biological parents that their adoption documents
were switched.

Molly Holt, head of South Korea’s largest adoption agency Holt
Children’s Services, admitted last week that some child placement
agencies in the past used fraudulent documents in order to get children
adopted overseas.

   "Though people would sign their parents were dead, but they were
not. We didn’t know that," she said. "Some of their adoptees had their
names changed."

Read the whole article here.

Adopted Maine Senator Finds Birth Parents

Paula Benoit
Maine State Senator Paula Benoit was adopted as an infant but obtained her birth records last year.  (AP)
Feb. 29, 2008

Paula Benoit lives a full life, balancing motherhood with a career as a state senator in Maine. Yet ever since she can remember, there was something gnawing inside her, something she wanted to know.

"I really had always wondered about my identity, who I looked like, my medical history," Benoit said.

Benoit was adopted as an infant. At age 52, she decided it was finally time to find out the identity of her natural parents. She went to court to obtain her birth certificate.

Her request was denied. In Maine, as in most states, adoption records are sealed.