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 children and parents. 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.
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.
Yennifer Dallmann Villa was adopted from Colombia by a German couple when she was two years old. She always had a passion to know more about where she’d come from and as an adult discovered a huge online community of adoptees searching for birth families and origin stories. In her 20s, she went to Colombia to photograph and write about First Mothers looking for children who’d been taken and adopted. She was featured on a TV program there which helped her find her birth family, and is currently living in Colombia.
Produced by Jane Thurlow
The Vance Twins
Jenette, a Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant and Life Coach, was trained in Integrated Psychology and Applied Neuroscience. Jenette became a Reiki Master under the direct lineage of Master Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki. She enjoys helping people learn about Reiki and develop personalized meditations catered to their needs.
The Vance twins have each worked in their field of expertise for more than twenty-five years. They recently joined forces to provide personalized guided meditations, Reiki Retreats and to host write-for-your-life mini-sabbaticals for busy entrepreneurs.
Writing your memoir?
Book Development * Amazon Publishing * Book Cover Design * Interior Formatting * Editing * Writing * Private/Personalized Retreats & Event Planners.
The Vance Twins have combined forces to help you finish the memoir you've always wanted to write but never had time to start (or finish) because you've invested so much time for your family, your job, or running a business.
The first step towards leaving a legacy for your family (or worldwide distribution if you wish) is a personalized writing mini-sabbatical in beautiful Washington State with the twins.
Janine, a book doctor, condenses twenty-five years of story development experience into one private session with you. Since tracking in 2016, she has edited almost 16 million words and was awarded the badge "Centenary Superhero."
Jenette, a Reiki Master, attuned by the direct lineage of the founder, Dr. Mikao Usui, has worked in the health care field for twenty-five+ years. She will interview you before the sabbatical to identify your needs to release the stress that comes with writing.
You will receive compassionate care from the Vance Twins as they help you identify any sabotages that prevent you from sharing your story and develop your memoir so you can quickly see it in print.
Email Jenette@vancetwins.com if you are interested. Invite a friend and receive a discount.
Invite a friend to the sabbatical, and the twins will give you a discount! Plus, Janine will tell you her secret on how best to protect yourself legally.
It's never too late to write a new chapter for your life.