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jejohnson

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My name is Jenny Ekstedt Johnson and I a Korean adoptee as well as a staff person at Children's Home. Our hope with this adult adoptee forum is to establish a space where adoptees can talk about some of the controversial issues surrounding adoption. I would like to start off by directing people's attention to this website that talks about the documentary "Goodbye Baby" which discusses adoption in Guatemala from the vantage point of the people living in Guatemala. Click on the Guatemalan Adoption Report to listen.

http://www.theworld.org/heardonair/index.shtml#ga

 

So what do you think? Has international adoption been a positive or a negative for Guatemala?

kvollmers

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Hello,

 

My name is Kevin D. Ost-Vollmers.  I am an adopted person and also am a part of the CHSFS staff.  I'm working in the Washington, DC area, helping with the Adoption Service Information Agency(ASIA)/CHSFS partnership.  (See http://www.asia-adopt.org.)

 

I, too, am interested in what adopted persons have to say about the "Goodbye Baby" piece.  I personally think that it does well in capturing the conflict some feel about the question of whether adoption has been a postive or negative for Guatemala.   

 

 

 

 


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MiguelitoMN

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Jenny, Does CHSFS have the "Goodbye Baby" video?


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We actually do have the film Goodbye Baby and hope to have a viewing and discussion at some point soon. If something gets scheduled, I'll post it here. - Jenny

kvollmers

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We're be getting a copy of the video in the east coast as well.  Would any folks be interested in having a viewing?


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Chadwick

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My Name is Chadwick Roberts.

My Birth Mother's name Is Kelli T.M. (I don't know these)

I am a korean adoptee. I am currently eighteen years old, I had in the past looked forward toward this milestone, not only for the freedom that it promised, but also for the oppurtunity to meet the mother whom i never knew. Little did I know that I was still a year short of the required age to even begin a search to try and locate her on my own, Since my adopted parents seemed uninterested in aiding me in my search, I have invested much of my own time, combing through old papers, a large amount of which, including my original birth certificate, having been burned in the same fire that destroyed the chinese lantern in 1994(?). So with almost nothing to start on, with the exception of a first name, middle and last initial, I have spent countless hours on the internet, looking up public records, following leads, some seeming so promising just to ultimately be disappointed again and again leading all the way up to the present day and this web site. I'm not even completely confident that this is the corrct agency through which I was sold, but being as it is the only one that didn;t seem to me like an obvious attempt to shop for, select and purchase a child, I will proceed with this post.

Now i'm sure that their are reasons in place, but as a legally recognized adult, I find it very insulting to be refused help without a "permission slip" from my former legal guardians. So nwo i will finish this writing, to continue my search for a phantom name in the hopes of finding her before locating her becomes an immpossible and forgotten task to be abandonned and cast aside as any hope or desire to meet her disappears.
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Chadwick - I can totally identify with what you are feeling. Since 16, I have made small attempts to search for my birth family - which is a tremendous burden for someone so young - and even at the age I am now (19) to try and search by themselves. When I FINALLY turned 18, I thought I could do a search by myself through CHS or other programs. I, too was offended by the fact that I had to turn 19 in order to legally do a search by myself.

Do you have your file? Or the information from CHS that you are legally allowed to see? I know there is a FEE for opening your folder - but if you can, this is something you should do. The search through CHS is expensive (and I don't know exactly WHERE the money goes - and I am a skeptic) but there are other organizations like InKAS and GOAL (my twin sister and I are going through GOAL) that can help you search for free - if you feel like you cannot afford CHS (they work out payment plans, too - but it is still $300) you can turn to these alternative organizations who work with newspapers, television, private detectives and doctors . . . for free!
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Chadwick,

I just wanted to say "Welcome" and that my thoughts are with you as you continue your journey to be reunited with your birthmother. May peace, safety and many blessings surround you. As a Holt adoptee who is embarking upon a search myself, I look forward to hearing what you find out from CHSFS, GOAL or other resources who are able to assist your search.

Best,

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