BBC Sounds The Conversation Why was I adopted? Women looking for birth stories.
BBC Sounds host Beatriz de la Pava talks to two women born in Colombia and South Korea about trying to fit in and discovering more about their roots, “What’s it like being adopted into a country far away from your birth and into a family that looks very different to you? International and transracial adoptions both come with challenges for adopted people.
Janine Vance was adopted from Seoul by an American couple along with her twin sister when they were six months old. A trip to South Korea in 2004 to an event marking 50 years of intercountry adoption caused her to think more deeply about her heritage. She found out that while most adoptees had been told they were orphans, this wasn’t the case, and parents were looking for them. She’s written several books about adoption and wants to make the process of international adoption more transparent.
Produced by Jane Thurlow