Information is Power. Read this short book and gain the knowledge you need to generate the right questions for your own situation. Even though the adoption agencies hope we stay complacent and satisfied with where they placed us, we have the right to ask questions—even if it makes them uncomfortable. We should have the right to know if we have blood-related sisters and brothers, aunts, or uncles. Our own children should have the right to know who their grandparents are. None of us should have to go to our graves without having the opportunity to develop friendships with our next-of-kin—if we so wish.
“The admittedly concise collection of short articles compiled by Janine Myung Ja in the booklet ADOPTION: STORIES FOR ADULTS, while meant to introduce readers to the often-volatile subject of Adoptee Rights, actually delivers a huge and revealing punch way beyond its modestly stated agenda of presenting the alternative point-of-view to the more commonly accepted wisdom stated by professional adoptive institutions. The author is an active, compassionate voice for adoptees in general, asserting their basic and essential human rights – especially the right to be heard. One such revealing counterpoint of view: “Wisdom gained from experiences like hers provide evidence that poverty-stricken children do not have to be taken out of their dire situation, or nation of birth, to be happy.Including personal background information as well as story excerpts from other interested parties, Janine Myung Ja does not resort to an angry diatribe in Adoptees. Rather, she presents a compelling, rational, highly-researched foundation for advocating an evolutionary appraisal of the adoption world, followed by an equal inclusion of adoptee voices in creating positive change in the system… Prepare to have your comfortable preconceptions challenged. Plan to be grateful for these highly illustrative writings of Janine Myung Ja.” Reviewed by JOEL R. DENNSTEDT