Stories of adoption are first and foremost stories of people. We read them, hear them and retell them because they strike universal chords about identity, about who we are, how we see ourselves, how others see us or how we wish they would. When we tell our story we never know how something is going to be received when we put ourselves out there.
Mostly, we want to be seen for who we are, or, at the very least, to have our pain noted, acknowledged, counted; our transformation and insights witnessed.
I've come across some links I want to share about stories that use adoption as the vehicle. Each one is intense for a different reason; each one unique.
Raised from infancy by an American family, a girl is sent back to China.
(Nightline, introduced by Terry Moran, reported by Jim Avila)
This seven-minute segment highlights the emotion, heartbreak, loss and love of two families on either side of a seven-year custody case of a little girl that spans across continents halfway around the world.
(link appears midway down page next to title of video "TAKEN")
"Off and Running"
(A Film by Nicole Opper)
The synopsis in part: "With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean-Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she's always known."
Premieres at The TriBeCa Film Festival (ticket on sale April 11), the film has received excellent reviews from more than two dozen media outlets including The New York Times, Variety, Philadelphia Gay News, Washington Jewish Week, The Village Voice and NBC NewYork - Positively Black.
(ABC News) Written by Ron Claiborne and Hanna Siegel
This story is about transracial adoption that starts with a glimpse at an American couple adopting a Haitian baby and turns to address issues covered by Phil Bertelsen in his film, "Outside Looking In" which, according to the story "features three American families brought together-and at times pushed apart-by transracial adoption." According to the ABC News story linked above, "'I didn't feel like I was seen or understood,' said Bertelsen, who was 4 when he was adopted by a white family and then raised in a mostly white New Jersey suburb."
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