Tag Archives: transnational adoption

under pressure – reconnecting with birth relatives

I met my oldest biological cousin in person, for the first time, several weeks ago. He’s a doctor and for the last few months has been a visiting resident at one of the most prestigious medical institutes in the United … Continue reading

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the politics of adoption

The politics of adoption are inevitable. Particularly across race and nationality. An individual decides they want to adopt across racial lines or the borders of the country where they live, and it says something: that a parent thinks they can … Continue reading

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return

I returned to Bulgaria for the first time as an adult when I was twenty. I’d visited once before – on a family vacation to the Black Sea with my mom, dad, and brother when I was ten. This time, … Continue reading

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Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption – Part III

I am slowly making my way through “Outsiders Within,” reading a chapter every so often, and thinking about it in relation to my own and other transnational adoptee perspectives. Most recently I read the chapter about “Shopping for Children in … Continue reading

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reunification – part II

A year ago today, I reconnected with my birth family. I’d been looking through an old phone book that I had stashed away in a box full of things I received while on my first trip back to Bulgaria as … Continue reading

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delivery

It’s not easy coming to a new country. If you’re old enough to be aware of what’s happening the change feels abrupt. New people, new surroundings. Sometimes a new language. You may know where you’re going, but you may not … Continue reading

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intercountry adoption fraud – a mashup

I’m in the throes of it: the last week of graduate school, the beginning of a new job, and the end of a yearlong internship. So to bide my time this week, I’m double dipping. Don’t worry though, I don’t … Continue reading

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