The Search for Mother Missing: A Peek Inside International Adoption

The Search for Mother Missing: A Peek Inside International Adoption

In this contemporary tale detailing a two-week trip that explores intercountry adoption from South Korea, twin sisters travel to their birth city of Seoul in search of their Korean family. Little incidents along the way serve as a catalyst that leads them into a worldwide modern-day adoptee-rights movement seeking truth and transparency.

The Vance Twins’ Search

A Great Example of the Complexity International Adoptees Learn to Live Through.

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 presenting 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 2007

A Gripping Memoir of Adoption and Two Sisters’ Search for Their Roots.

The Search for Mother Missing: A Peek inside International Adoption by Janine Vance is a gripping memoir of adoption and two sisters’ search for their roots…. Janine Vance explores the implications of international adoption in writing that is clear and insightful, allowing readers to understand the journey from the perspective of the adoptees while exploring issues of the rights of the adoptees and how those rights can be abused. The narrative voice is powerful and clear and the prose good. The Search for Mother Missing: A Peek inside International Adoption asks important questions related to the rights of children adopted internationally, explores the challenges they face, and the anguish of being disconnected from one’s true parents. It is poignant, insightful, and gripping, filled with humanity.” ~ Christian Sia

A Strong, Powerful Book on the Present System of Adoption.

The Search for Mother Missing is a strong, powerful book on the present system of adoption. I agreed with Janine on this question of useless, enforced “anonymity” between biological parents and children or any blood relatives for that matter. While not all adopted people would want to learn their roots, it is their right to know them if they wish. Similarly, as much as the biological parents voluntarily gave up the child for adoption, people and circumstances can change and leaving that door open for future contact is the only humane thing to do. Janine’s fresh voice and writing style throw a spotlight on this issue. I hope more people realize the state of the present system and encourage and support “open adoption” where contact between birth relatives is supported if all parties wish it. This is a great book and I am looking forward to reading more from this author.” ~ Gisela Dixon



Rev. Dr. JANINE MYUNG JA Ph.D. has plowed through the painful research and gathered everything you need to know in a published collection of books designed to empower and strengthen you on human rights. She shares a private and personal philosophy intended to secure your natural-born rights to blood relatives -- if you so wish. Janine turns traditional training led by fallible profiteers upside-down. 

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