Adopted From Korea is an interactive page created for and with Korean adoptees and those who love them. We’ll be continually adding information, so check back often. We hope you’ll use the comment box below to add your thoughts and suggestions. Among the topics we’ll be covering so far, you’ll find information on:
- Korea gatherings & events
- Korea adoption support groups
- Korea films
- Korea books
- Adoptee loyalty
- Fitting in & standing out
- Korean language
- Korea blogs
- Birth parent search and reunion in Korea
- International adoption resources
- Reflections from Korean adoptees
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Adoptee loyalty tends to play a strong role in an adoptive family, and can strongly influence an adopted person’s response to birth country travel. Yet, quite often at workshops, when we ask for a show of hands as to who understands the concept, only a few hands go up.
Many adoptees feel a loyalty to their adoptive families that effects what they are comfortable sharing. They may feel uneasy acknowledging their true interests about visiting their birth country (or perhaps the interest is not there yet, or maybe it never will be).
For kids who have an interest in their birth country but are conflicted by adoptee loyalty, their inner thoughts may sound like this: “I was always afraid to mention my interest in my birth culture or birth family. If it hurt my Mom and Dad’s feelings, and they didn’t love me anymore, who would love me?” Don’t be fooled—even kids who are “pushing your buttons” frequently acknowledge this inner conflict.
Hello, I was adopted from Korea, the orphanage called Sung Ae Won, in 1981 to the US. I was apparently found abandoned at the orphanage. Somehow they gave me the Korean name is Jee, eun-san. I am desperately trying to find anything else out I can about me, and my birth family. I asked my adoption agency and the above info is all they had. I cannot find a website for my orphanage either. If anyone has any resources or ideas on how to find out more informaion, please let me know.
Kate, the Korean Ties group visits Sung Ae Won regularly, and has for years. We are looking for the website for you.
Kate, we checked, and it appears the website is no longer up, but here is a blog with lots of pictures of Sung Ae Won. It is in Busan. Very nice people who are always very welcoming. http://markim-kimark.blogspot.com/2009/10/sung-ae-won-orphanage.html
Thank you , and if you ever come across any other contact information please keep me in mind.
Please email Pat@AdoptiveFamilyTravel.com and she can email you a flyer with all the contact info as well as the history of Sung Ae Won. Best wishes to you on your life journey.