The rEvolutionary Orphan Collective represents a journey of discovery into the land of adoption from orphanhood to growing up adopted in the 1970s through the 1990s, to traveling back to motherland and connecting with other adoptees, to listening to the experiences of adoptees from Asia, Africa, America, and Europe which prompted me to research the history of adoption, its inception, its unethical branches, and even the cult-ure of it in extreme cases, to an alternative look at the practice from an innate human rights point of view, to finally appreciating my motherland and all of its free treasures, to the power of oneness and independence founded on the idea that we can align with the true-self based on whoever we decide that to be as individuals and the collective.
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TWINS FOUND IN A BOX
Adapting to Adoption
This book shares Janine and her twin sister’s adoption experience from age twelve to age twenty-five. The top priority in this narrative becomes coping with the separation of good parents—something not uncommon in all families. The challenges begin in 1984 when the twins’ adoptive father falls while hang gliding and sustains a traumatic head injury. The narrative also demonstrates how the wishes and drama of adoptive parents take precedence over the rights of those they adopt. These twins truly believed that they were the real children of their adoptive parents and because of this they wholeheartedly assumed the tale handed to them by the adoption agency—that they had been orphaned—as if total truth. It was not revealed to the twins until much later in life that agencies routinely labeled children as “orphans.” Under false impressions, children are led to believe they have no choice but to honor and obey their adoptive parents and it completely kicks the existence of blood relatives to the curb. The “box” in the context of this book refers to being boxed-in the cluttered house the twins had been raised in where the parents were hoarders and adoption was deemed as all good.
THE SEARCH FOR MOTHER MISSING
A PEEK INSIDE INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION
Come vacation vicariously with the Vance Twins! Ever thought about looking for your birth family? You might be surprised at what you find. (At least the twins were.) Here Janine shares details about her first trip to Seoul South Korea during the 50 year anniversary gathering celebrating and contemplating overseas adoption.
"The Search for Mother Missing: A Peek Inside International Adoption by Janine Vance is a non-fiction memoir written by Janine on international adoption and also her own personal story. Janine and her twin sister were adopted from Korea at a young age by an American couple and were almost oblivious of their birth country or birth parents until in their thirties. This book is about their short trip to Korea as adults in search of their biological parents and the journey it takes them on. The book has a short introduction in the beginning by their father who adopted them while their adopted mother is deceased. The story then dives into how their trip to Korea came about, a little bit about their early background and upbringing in a white American family, their citizenship status in America as a result of international adoption of those times, and an evolving narrative and commentary on the inherent flaws of an adoption system that takes false pride in “protecting information” that would lead to adults and their biological parents reconnecting."
THE "Unknown" Culture Club
Korean Adoptees, Then and Now
This collection serves as a tribute to transracially adopted people sent all over the world. If you were adopted, you are not alone. This book validates the experiences of anyone who has been ridiculed or outright abused, but have found the will to survive, thrive and share their tale. If you were adopted, be the first to read these collections. It’s never too late to walk in awareness!
Korean Translated book coming soon!Interested in a copy?
VOices of AdoptionlandHuffington Post Article
From Orphans to Activists
Ever wondered what it’s like to be adopted? This collection 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. These stories are usually abandoned by the very industry that professes to work for the “best interest of children,” “child protection,” and for families. However, according to adopted people who were scattered across nations as children, these represent typical human rights issues that have been ignored for too long.
Along with adopted people, this collection also includes the voices of mothers and a father from the Baby Scoop Era, a modern-day mother who almost lost her child to adoption, and ends with the experience of an adoption investigator from Against Child Trafficking. 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.
AdoptionlandGlobal Adoption News
Discover More than the professionals
Adoption History 101
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An Orphan's Research
Has the global push for adoption exploited mothers worldwide?
Adoption History 101 summarizes the inception and expansion of the adoption industry, focusing on its roots and consequences kept from public awareness. For years, adoption agencies have denied adult adoptees access to documents that could lead them back to their families.
International and domestic adoptees from all over the world have banded together for “truth and transparency.” This is the first history book to discuss the crisis of adoption trafficking “by the people, of the people, and for the people.”
The History of Child AdoptionHuffington Post Article
A Critique of the Evangelical Orphan Movement
Did you know Reverend Jim Jones was not just the Jonestown cult leader, but also an adoptive father praised as the head of a rainbow family? Did you know Moses was not just a liberator, but also a transcultural adoptee? He not only asked the Pharaoh to free the slaves, he was contending with his adoptive father to free “his people.”
If you are a human rights advocate, an adopted person sent to an evangelical environment but did not get to choose such a situation, you will appreciate this critique of the Evangelical Orphan’s Movement.
What happens when we go along to get along?
History. Never. Changes.
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Master Your Adoption
Claim Your Authentic Power
This book provides a rare perspective on how to master your adoption — not only for the individual, but also as a community. The first thing we need to know is that we have innate human rights. Adopted people are forced to contend with additional burdens no other humans face. We risk coping with the potential of rejection from our families of birth and adoptive families when we decide to search. If this has happened to you, do not blame yourself. It’s more about them and their fears: The expectation to abide by rules can sometimes push fear into the deepest part of humanity.
If your family has fallen victim to such fears, it is likely they do not want to stir society’s waters — especially if they were convinced that the “adoption dream” was best for all involved. It can be difficult to have the audacity to question the acts of adoption facilitator–especially if the entity was religious or political. Do we “sound the alarm,” and be hated for it? Or do we let everyone sleep — and continue to be the loved, adored, and obedient “adoptee”? I say, trust your inner, greater, higher, deeper, wiser self.
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Going Back to Zen
Where to Find Peace So You Can Live Like Mad
We live in a world that glorifies and glamorizes whoever has the most money, and whoever shines the most brightly. But is being top dog synonymous with happiness? The evidence suggests, no. If so, the richest among us would be immune to humiliation, grief, depression, and anxiousness etc.. All of these emotions are significant parts of the human condition regardless of age, economic status, religion, and ethnic background. I have found that comfort, acceptance, and humor prevails like wind beneath gilded wings. Sometimes, the higher we climb on that corporate ladder, the more we fear the potential fall. When we are on the bottom rung, we can appreciate the ground below which houses our roots. When forced to see from the ground up (or the back alley), we are led to a transformational and fulfilling life. For myself, this evolution has led me to my ethnic roots and recoup all that it provides.
Going Back to Zen
The Power of Isolation
Silence is Golden
Have you found yourself feeling lonely and hating it? Why not take advantage of it? Janine reveals various methods she kept her cool and stayed calm during the most isolating experiences from her life meant to keep you uplifted, particularly if you are looking for new methods to connect with the inner self.
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Escape to your sacred selfReiki.VanceTwins.com
I believe information is power. The intention of my writing is to empower you. I believe that you deserve to know more than the politicians in the field so that you can approach the discussion with confidence, knowing to the fullest extent possible, your human rights.
As someone who has researched the industry for two decades, I’ve noticed that adoption facilitators have had the monopoly on the adoption discussion for generations and even formulated “Positive Adoption Language,” (what they call PAL).
The PAL language has disempowered those of us who have been told that we were orphaned as children yet astoundingly come from families. The PAL language has prevented us from finding back what is rightfully ours early on in our lives. This book contains a condensed version of my evolutionary journey into this discovery, depicted in excerpts taken from my research and findings.
This sneak peek into nine books offers a rare, yet universal look at the adoption practice from the inside out. I do not expect anyone to read those books or even believe anything I’ve discovered for myself. I consider myself only to be someone led by curiosity. However, the books might come in handy for the day you find yourself in need of defending your own human rights position. I hope that maybe at least one book will validate your experience. I call the series The rEvolutionary Orphan Collective.
JANINE MYUNG JA co-founded the Adoption Truth & Transparency Worldwide Network with her twin. Her engagement with the adoption community led her to the writing of nine books on the topic.
A FUEL STATION FOR “ADOPTEES”
The rEvolutionary Orphan Collective