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Finding Home: Fifty Years of International Adoption
posted by Amy

I'm the oldest of ten kids: I have two biological brothers, two sisters and one brother whom my parents adopted from Korea, two brothers and one sister who are biological siblings and who came to our family from Brazil, and one sister who was adopted from Guatemala. I can't imagine life without my siblings, but I've often wished to be better able to understand their experiences as they grew up with white parents and siblings in a society that just isn't color-blind, no matter how much we might wish it is. So when I came across the American Radio Works program Finding Home: Fifty Years of International Adoption through the MMO website, I clicked on it right away.

According to the introduction to the story on the APR site, "In the past decade, the number of foreign children adopted by Americans has nearly tripled to more than 20,000 a year. Most come from poor and troubled parts of the world, and a life in America offers new hope. But it also means separation from their birth culture." The interviews and stories are far from the sentimental mush usually written about adoption, and thank god for that. Adoption, like childbirth, is a messy, painful, and joyful process. It's different for everyone, and there are no right answers about how to adopt or be adopted. But documentaries like this one give us a much-needed look into the experiences of the adoptees and their families.