Birth Country Travel: Language & Identity

Birth Country Travel: Language & Identity

International adoption

This is part 3 in a series on international adoption and identity.

For most kids on a homeland journey, language and the ability to communicate is an immediate piece of how they see themselves. Very few are able to speak in their birth language. As a result, their first interaction with people in their birth country is usually awkward and unsettling.

Thankfully, for kids traveling with other kids, the moment happens almost simultaneously. Almost in unison, we hear, “I was at this shop, and this lady was talking to me thinking I could understand her and I had NO IDEA what she was saying!”

Identity & Birth Country Travel: Upon Arrival

Identity is a continuum.
Who I am today is not who I will be tomorrow.
For tomorrow I will be a culmination of who I have been
in all my “yesterdays” and who I hope to be in my “tomorrows.”

This is part 2 in a series on identity and international adoption.

Birth Country Travel: Upon Arrival
Creating a New Vision of Self international adoption

As kids step off the airplane and onto “home soil” a universal moment happens. Beneath the airport chaos, it’s like you can hear the thought: “Wow, everyone looks like me.”

Identity: Do Adoptees Need to Know The Past?

About This Article Series

This is the first in a series of articles on identity building and international adoption. Over the past 20 years, we have learned a LOT about what is important to adoptees as they take the giant step of visiting their birth country. 

We hope you enjoy the series from Adoptive Family Travel by The Ties Program Team

Identity Building Do Adoptees Need to Know The Past?identity building for international adoptees

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

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