Janine Myung Ja

Janine is compiler of these books and the co-creator of the social media group “Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network.” Her interests also include Metaphysics, eastern philosophy, freewriting and meditation. You can find Janine at adoptionhistory101.com, Adoptionland.org and on Amazon.

The Huffington Post

“AdoptionLand: From Orphans to Activists, is an indispensable contribution to adoption literature. The essays, poems and letters in this compilation reflect the thoughts, the feelings, the souls of those who inhabit AdoptionLand — a place of truth and acceptance for the casualties of the demand for children.” “…It is imperative for us to as a society, if we are concerned with the lives and care of our most vulnerable children, to hear from adults who were adopted.” –Mirah Riben, author of The Stork Market Voices from Adoptionland


Copy of Americanized

A Generation X Coming-of-Age (& Identity) Family Drama


The Search For Mother Missing

In this contemporary tale detailing a two week trip that explores intercountry adoption from South Korea, the twins naively travel to their birth city of Seoul in search of their Korean family


The "Unknown" Culture Club

This collection, compiled by Korean adoptees, serves as a tribute to transracially adopted people sent all over the world. It has been hailed to be the first book to give Korean adoptees the opportunity to speak freely since the pioneering of intercountry adoption after the Korean War.


Adoptionland

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. 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.


Adoption History 101

Packed with quotes from adoptees of the European Child Migration Schemes, the 1854 Orphan Train Movement, the 1954 Evangelical Baby “Swoop” Era, and an adoptee trafficked from Haiti, this research serves to corroborate with those adoptees who have felt isolated, but did not understand the reason. In addition, a real Ethiopian orphan speaks her mind in defense of the rights of adopted people.

International Bestsellers on Amazon


Structure Your Memoir in one afternoon

Spring 2017, Janine will condense 20 years of experience and thousands of money spent on training to a short one hour teleconference catered for want-to-be-authors. Subscribe for announcements or for a private consultation below.

What People are Saying

“A must read for social workers, therapists, or anyone interested in adoption!”

“Before reading this book [Adoptionland] I never considered what it would be like to be the person adopted and then taken from their country and brought to a foreign land. Adoptionland’s personal stories of people adopted from abroad or within the United States shows clearly the desire for roots, one’s biological family and origins. What struck me was that these writers–whether adopted from China, India, a U.S. Native Tribe, Haiti, Germany, Korea or domestically– all wanted to find their biological families and be reunited with their people, cultures and heritages. This book would be of immense value to all those studying culture, social work or psychology.”Amazon Reader
“I was enthralled from the opening pages. Janine’s story is a deeply revealing look at the innermost thoughts of a younger Janine as her life was beset by tragedy and she was forced to question her most firmly held beliefs. It was both entertaining and enlightening in a way I would have never imagined. I could not help but feel her pain, her love and the profound ironies she encountered.”Kelly Creso
“I got really addicted to reading Janine’s book. It was fascinating and worth my time. It opened up a totally different world for me that I would have never known and made me think about a lot of things.” K. Norton
“The Search for Mother Missing is a great example of the complexity international adoptees learn to live through, with all its many obstacles and challenges, sorting through meager truths, half-truths and lies. Janine has done a wonderful job in presenting so many facets of the adoptee culture and allowing the reader a certain closeness so we may vicariously experience her journey through her eyes.” Thomas Park Clement
“You will be captivated and will discover the true meaning behind ‘family’. The difficulties from Janine are candid and from the heart. Hope and healing permeate this work from the very beginning. In fact, the hope and healing as a result of the trials and tribulations of emotional abuse, unfairness, adoption, and disability have led the Vance family to ever increasing spiritual progress. Their progress is recorded here with love and joy for the future. In the end, their healing transforms this estranged family into a united whole.” LuAnne Harney
“The essays collected here are fierce, even hard to read as a first mother, for I know some of my own daughter’s emotions are buried in them somewhere, though she was not adopted out of country. Adoptionland is a valuable addition to the literature about adoption that portrays it as less than simply a wonderful act that is commemorated with special jewelry. Even the cover art–at first seemingly innocuous–highlights the obvious difference between being raised by your own kind and genetic strangers. The very blonde woman whose image is repeated several times is almost certainly not the original mother of the infant she is holding, an infant with black, spiky hair.

“A note in the book states that some of the names have been changed to remain anonymity, and that the book’s purpose “is to give validation to, and to voice concern for, families who have been separated by adoption.” It succeeds brilliantly. Anyone considering adoption–especially adopting from another country–should read this book. I cannot praise this book enough.”Lorraine Dusky, author of Hole in My Heart

“Wow. Just Wow. I live in adoption land and this book was absolutely and utterly eye-opening. It is amazing to know that there are others who have asked the same questions I have.”Amazon Customer
“Fantastic compilation of voices that need to be heard. Adoption is not what we think it is in America, or throughout the world. A must read!”Drew Nicholas, Producer Blood Memory
“Let us enter a new better world for all of us. Let there be no more tears from forced adoptions. Let us at last see the obvious. Let us do as the Nature intended in the first place. Let us call for Family Preservation, let us put demands onto the child protective services all around the world. It must be upgraded and let us bring back Guardianship where it is needed for the Future.”Khara Nine, author
“Powerful voices and experiences of Korean adoptees world wide. This is an important work not only for adoptees on their journey toward empowerment but also for anyone wishing to glimpse into the diverse and often painful experiences of Korean Adoptees..” Jenny Kelly, Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington
“If you only want to read one book about inter country adoption read this one! Insightful and intelligent from all points of views!”Anne Bo
“This is a beautiful, honest collection of true stories by those who have experienced relinquishment and adoption from the beginning of their lives. I appreciate the openness and integrity presented in these words. Broke my heart, opened my eyes, and made me think deeply.”Amazon Customer
“Adoptionland” is a series of short essays by those who actually live adoption –adoptees and first parents. Their narratives open up the sordid side of intercountry adoption. Anyone considering adopting or giving up a child should read this book.”Jane Edwards
“This is an anthology written by adult adoptees and first/birth mothers about their experiences with adoption. Although each piece is very different in form (included are short non-fiction, articles, interviews, and poetry) and story, they are woven together with the common thread of injustice. Authors include some of today’s well-known adoption thought leaders and writers — this is not “just” a book written about adoption, it’s a lovely kaleidoscope of pieces, each a work of art standing alone. Although the book is organized into sections, one piece might be a short and terse article, while the next is a detail-driven non-fiction. Somehow this worked. As to the specific works, anyone who was adopted will be able to identify with most, if not all pieces. The book is really not as sad as I expected. It’s also very hopeful. The universal truths about adoption are evident. I really enjoyed the personal stories by women who were in Magdalene Laundries, firsthand accounts of how children are stolen, and a man whose child was taken from him. As an adoptee, I’m familiar with adoptee stories (though all of these were refreshing and insightful), so the stories from parents were very interesting.This book is emotionally hard to read, and consequently, I couldn’t put it down. Yes, some pieces were more compelling than others, but overall, it’s a beautiful, sad crash course.”Amazon Customer

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