THE EVOLUTIONARY ORPHAN SERIES
Adoptionland from orphans to activists
Ever wondered what it’s like to be adopted? This anthology begins with personal accounts and then shifts to a bird’s eye view on adoption from domestic, intercountry and transracial adoptees who are now adoptee rights activists. For many years, adopted people have just dealt with such matters alone, not knowing that all of us—as a community—have a great deal in common.
the unknown culture club
This collection serves as a tribute to adopted people sent all over the world. It has been hailed as the first book to give Korean adoptees the opportunity to speak freely since the pioneering of intercountry adoption after the Korean War. If you were adopted, you are not alone. These stories validate the experiences of everyone who has been ridiculed or outright abused, but have found the will to survive, thrive and share their tale.
THE SEARCH FOR MOTHER MISSING
At the age of thirty-two, the Vance twins leave American suburbia for a gathering of adult intercountry adopted people located in the heart of Seoul, South Korea. The twins use this opportunity to search for their Korean mother in a quest for answers about their origin, but they find out more than they ever wanted to know. Fill out the “Get In Touch” form below for your limited edition copy.
Adoption History 101
Has the global push for adoption, abandoned mothers worldwide? This book offers a summary of the inception and growth of the adoption industry, focusing on its roots and its never-ending, life-altering consequences (which has purposefully been kept from public awareness). For years, survivors of adoption-profiteering have been refused access to personal adoption documents which could lead them back to their families.
our story, coming soon
A month into seventh grade, my twin and I tiptoed into the hospital room to see Dad for the first time after his hang gliding accident. He was leaning against a sterile white pillow in a raised hospital bed facing us as we came in, appearing suddenly broken. The first thing I noticed were the bruises the colors of fallen autumn leaves which garnished his once healthy face. A black patch over his left eye hid the recent brain damage and part of his face smashed caused from the 100 foot descent through Dog Mountain’s towering fir trees, even forcing one of his eyeballs to rotate inward. He smiled when he saw us, but it was frail, and he looked like a foreigner. Prior to the injury, he worked as a systems engineer for thirty-plus years, and the job required him to be organized, demanding, and precise, ensuring that all the components involved would work together in confidential military projects. Here, the bedside chart documented his fragmented state, marking a permanent disability which would force the family into a new dimension: "Post-head-injury, altered mental state, verbal speech is present, however incomprehensible, upper torso tremor, and immobilized left arm." Trauma, which couldn’t be seen on the surface, included, "reduced ability to smell, some hearing loss, affected balance, reduced strength and short-term memory loss.” The doctor mentioned Dad’s upcoming hospital discharge scheduled for some time shortly after the New Year causing naive excitement to permeate the air. It would take a miracle to recover from this hard fall back to earth.
"You will be captured by the story from the beginning... .The difficulties and struggles described by Vance are candid and from the heart. Hope and healing permeate this work despite the family issues of emotional abuse, multi-cultural adoption, challenging family relationships and disabilities. Their progress is recorded here with love and joy for the future." Lu Ann Harney
THE EVOLUTIONARY ORPHAN SERIES
Voices From Adoptionland
the vance twins blog
Why is this a big deal? Because the front door is typically reserved for their customers—paying people applying for a child—checkbook in hand. Adopted people are expected to enter through the back, asking questions in a hushed tone, so as not to make a scene. For years (decades, really), there’s been talk in certain adoption[…]
August 2016, my sister and I visited Holt Post Adoption Services Department again in Seoul, South Korea along with the support of each of our oldest daughters and the guidance of a new friend from the adoption conference. On our first attempt to the office, we were told to come back later because they were[…]
It has been said that “If you build an orphanage they will come.” The definition of the word “orphan” has been altered to include children of single or poor parents. This means any child is at risk of being exploited. Child trafficking for the purpose of inter-country adoption and the business of orphanages networking with[…]
When most of us think about adoption, we see adoring images of lonely children commonly referred to as “orphans” in the glossy pages of adoption magazines and websites, proud words of wisdom given by devoted adoptive parents, and stories of gratitude. For the past sixty years, the public can’t help but assume there is only[…]
Devastatingly, many vulnerable parents around the world have been exploited by the adoption industry. Their children have been taken and are still missing because of the “permanency” involved with overseas adoption. Some vulnerable parents are tricked into signing away their rights to their children to go to an orphanage (for food, education or health check[…]
Staying Neutral While educating myself about adoption history, I remained on-the-fence and kept my mouth shut like a good little adoptee, eternally “grateful” and always “happy.” I assumed that I had no right to voice an opinion on the issue, let alone to be openly critical of the thing itself. I remained a hermit, living[…]
As of this writing, it’s been twelve years since my twin sister and I traveled to Seoul, South Korea, for the first time to attend the 2004 Korean Adoptee Conference. From the more than 160,000 children flown overseas by agency facilitators, 400 of us arrived in our motherland intending to celebrate, and contemplate, fifty years[…]
During the 2004 Korean Adoptee Conference, intercountry adoptees could finally speak freely. Other situations occurred, but I didn’t grasp their significance until much later (due to my own self-doubt about my right to question the established industry). Fellow adult Korean adoptees, from their early twenties into their late fifties, confided in private sessions that they[…]