“Adoptees”: We Are Not Who They Think We Are

Did you know that a good amount of adopted people were told they were orphaned as children and therefore processed for intercountry adoption as “orphans,” but truthfully came from destitute families? Devastatingly, some of these families returned to the child-care centers to retrieve back their children, but have been turned away. Others have been waiting for their children’s return for decades now. This is the reason for the title, “Adoptees”: We Are Not Who They Think We Are. Some of us “adoptees” were routinely labeled “orphans,” and as a consequence go on to live permanently deprived of original birth certificates, complete adoption documents, or even citizenship.

“Adoptees”: We Are Not Who They Think We Are


The problem with this system is that, once an adoptee, always an adoptee.  Many of us are treated as perpetuated children by facilitators and authorities in the field—and even by some adopted parents. And when adopted people voice an interest in their origin, they get accused of being ungrateful, mentally-sick, angry or even “anti-adoption.” The truth is that these individuals merely seek for the basic human rights that all other people have rights to–to be treated with fairness and a little consideration and to have access to innate human rights.

This book consists of excerpts from one adoptee’s experience with adoption based on self-reflection, research, and rights by and for the people adopted. This book presents snapshots from someone who has spent the last twenty-plus years in the field.

“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.

Janine Myung Ja
The rEvolutionary “Adoptee” Collective

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“Adoptees” we’re not who they think we are ebook available now.

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