Twins Found in a Box: Adapting to Adoption is based on the twins’ coming-of-age (& identity) story, revealing life in the Pacific Northwest during the 1980s and 90s. Their childhood is unique, but it also has a universal component that could be interesting for anyone looking for an unusual story.
In 1984, the Vance Twins’ adoptive father sustained a permanent brain injury while hang gliding off of Dog Mountain. Before his seventh high altitude flight, he had forgotten to install the glider’s wing bolts and it collapsed in midair resulting in a one hundred foot drop into and through a mountain-side fir tree. As a result, he lost his career as a Boeing Engineer of 30+ years and many possessions including fourteen cars, properties, and the 4000 square foot family home he had built with his own two hands.
Starting at the age of twelve and upon entering junior high, the twins physically cared for their father, assisting him through physical, occupational, speech therapy and his daily living activities. The care given to the twins adoptive father has long surpassed high school and college years. As of today, Janine has given attentive daily care for more than thirty years. To read about their journey, click here.
The twins adoptive mother passed away from cancer in 1997. Soon after they discovered immigration cards and learned they were considered “illegal aliens.” This came as a shock to the twins and, for decades, many other people adopted who are now adults, including those adopted as early as the 1950s, are still stateless.
In this contemporary tale detailing a two week trip that explores intercountry adoption from South Korea, twin sisters naively travel to their birth city of Seoul in search of their Korean family. Little incidents along the way serve as a catalyst which lead them into a worldwide modern-day adoptee-rights movement seeking truth and transparency. For the Search for Mother Missing, visit here.
The “Unknown” Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now is a collection, compiled by Korean adoptees, and serves as a tribute to transracially adopted people sent all over the world.
As a consequence, the Vance Twins volunteered years of time collecting, editing, promoting, and publishing the narratives of adopted people for their anthologies.
Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists 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.
Discover Adoptionland for Global Adoption News here.
Orphan Ships, Trains, Planes, And Trafficking
An unusual historical perspective on adoption retold from the mother’s point of view aka herstory. This is unlike the average history book. An unconventional and alternative historical perspective.
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This book gives you an alternative portrayal of the history of adoption from South Korea motivated by individuals separated from their families and cultures. Also provides an examination into the life of Reverend Jim Jones, an adoptive father most notoriously known for spearheading the Jonestown Massacre on November 18, 1978. What happened to the three children he adopted from South Korea? What are the dangers of staying positive? PREORDER
What Happens When We Go Along to Get Along? History. Never. Changes
Written for adoptee rights activists and the families who support us. Got the itch to become an activist? It starts like an itch. Then something happens that causes us to question what we know. We seek the truth and as we unveil more, we seek the bigger picture. We discover a man-made system and become face to face with truth and pain. But with this pain, we enter a portal which introduces us to innate human rights aligned with the law of nature. PREORDER
How 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. PREORDER
What if life isn’t all roses? What to do if we go from riches to rags? For those of us (and people-a.k.a. anyone and everyone who love us) looking for an alternative perspective that has a little bit to do with eastern philosophy, complementary healing modalities, and even past lives. Ready to go back to Zen?
Janine is an ordained Metaphysical Minister since 2002. She also holds a Metaphysical Science Master’s Degree in accordance with the Ministerial Religious Educational status of the International Metaphysical Ministry, Inc. She has completed first degree training by Reiki Master in the direct lineage of Usui Shiki Ryoho. She is a certified Thought Field Therapist since 2004. Her training as a clinical hypnotherapist from the Association for Integrative Psychology will help you focus on achieving your writing goals. She has further training on writing from Stanford University.
Snapshots from the rEvolutionary “Adoptee” Collective,
By Janine Vance
*The current covers are temporary. The winning designs will be utilized as the covers for the books on Barnes and Noble and other booksellers and given attribution. Upon entry, the submitter grants reprint permission of the design to be used for the book cover.
We are seeking designs for the following books:
- THE “UNKNOWN’ CULTURE CLUB: KOREAN ADOPTEES, THEN AND NOW — The Korean translated version
- LOGO CONTEST FOR ADOPTION TRUTH FORUM
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Jenette is trained by The Association for Integrative Psychology from Kona University and is Achology Certified. Integrative Psychology is a branch of study and practice that seeks to unite traditional medicine and psychology with alternative and complementary approaches. If you are interested in life coach services Jenette will help set up a series of small steps that will lead you to reach your goals, build better relationships, and help kick ‘old habits’. The aim is to overcome hardships, decrease stress and anxiety, and build self-esteem and empowerment. Throughout her career in the health care field, she has worked with thousands of patients to reach their long-term goals in a practical matter. Through her personal time she has studied alternative and complementary medicine. She uses one or both approaches depending on what is the best for the person. Her expertise is adoptee issues. Book a session here.
In 2007, Jenette noticed energy naturally flows through her hands and she could sense energy from others. She learned that working with this energy is called Reiki. She was then attuned by a practitioner from the direct lineage of Master Mikao Usui, the founder of the spiritual and complementary healing practice. The purpose is to clear away energy blockages in our Chakra system. Clients have reported feeling more balanced, relaxed and their quality of life. This treatment is a non-invasive stress relieving method to manage pain, and improve clarity. Jenette personalizes treatments. Client report a decrease in stress and anxiety. A Reiki treatment is like being enveloped in a “soul massage”. Too book a session visit here.
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Everyone has a story to tell and we are here to coach you through it. Janine has almost twenty years of writing and publishing experience. She condenses what she has learned throughout the years into a shortcut pathway for you. This way, with no trouble at all, you can write and publish quickly and reap the rewards sooner. She can also help you set your book up on Amazon for potential worldwide sales, or keep the book available for family only.
Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network is a discussion forum on Facebook created November 5th, 2011 that is specifically devoted to the needs of progressive activists and adopted people and built around purposeful discussion. Join here with more than 7,300+ members strong.
The AdoptionTruth.org site is a fuel station for you because you are an important part of this global community.
Adoption Truth Worldwide Network is a new coalition devoted explicitly to the needs of adopted people, progressive activists, artists, educators, and grassroots human rights organizations who want to know the history of the adoption institution and is built around progressive discussion. Our combined experiences along with the more information we gather along the way can (and has) shifted the paradigm from the “old adoption script” built on shame, myths, and assumptions, to an equal and rational rights-based standpoint. Collectively, we, “adoptees,” are taking control of what adoption means. Follow Twitter Adoption @InfoAdoption
In the endeavor to protect local and global families from the crisis of adoption trafficking through education and support, the Vance Twins have donated much of their time and book profits to lay the foundation for Against Child Trafficking USA. They advocate for the investigative work of Against Child Trafficking based in Brussels Belgium. Gift of Hope supports the most vulnerable families targeted by adoption traffickers. Your Gift of Hope helps us address the specific vital needs of families whose children were taken for adoption-trafficking purposes— needs that have been ignored by the self-regulated adoption industry.
If you would like to volunteer please email the twins at firstname.lastname@example.org