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 an 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 "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
Orphans Ships, Trains, Planes, and Trafficking
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 banned 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 Evagelical 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.
An investigative look into volunteerismThe Guardian
Claim Your Authentic Power
If you were forced into an environment that did not consider your religious freedom, you have a right to say “no” and to develop your own relationship with a higher power, one that allows you the freedom to decide what the higher power is, whether it is the traditional western perception: the patriarchal all-knowing white-bearded God who sits in heaven and dishes out rewards and punishments, or the eastern perspective: an innate sacred energy life force, also referred to as a collective consciousness or what Lao-Tzu referred to as the Mother of the Universe. Furthermore, you get to determine the intensity of your belief or skepticism in either of these two perspectives. Not only do all humans have freedom of religion, we should also have freedom from religion. Children adopted by evangelicals however, are not given a chance to develop their own belief system. They are only given misconstrued and demonized version of their homeland’s philosophies. These children are subjected to corporal punishment for “veering off (the Christian) course.” Should religious entities continue to have the monopoly of the world’s children? Should evangelical entities continue to profit from this practice? Due to adoptive parents special interest groups and fierce lobbying, we are not given a choice in the matter. As a consequence, if you were sent to an authoritative couple who invested much of their time and loyalties enforcing their beliefs about God onto you, give yourself permission to decide whether or not you want to exert the same devotion to their practice. You have a right to lessen the fervor to whatever you decide or even explore new territory if you so choose.
Going Back to Zen
Where I Found Joy So I Could Write 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
How to Stay Calm So You Can Write Like Crazy
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.
Escape to your sacred selfPrescribed Meditations
we're not who they think we are
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 “Adoptee” 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”
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