Community in adoptive family travel-it is a huge part of a Ties travel experience. Maybe even THE biggest part. There is really no way to overstate the importance of adoptees and their families traveling with other adoptees and their families on this particular journey. It’s not just that we all have this big life experience-international adoption-in common. It’s that when … Read More
Dual Identity: Blending In & Standing Out
Identity is a complicated topic. When traveling in their birth country, many kids are anxious to walk a few steps ahead or a few steps behind whoever they are traveling with to see what it feels like to blend in, to be “like everyone else.” For most, it is the first time in their lives where they have had the … Read More
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 … Read More
Exploring MY Heritage, Discovering US
A Ties Love Story Jeremy and Dhara traveled with India Ties 2011, anxious to explore their heritage. They arrived in India as strangers, two young adult adoptees each on a personal mission of identity. On the trip, “they built a strong friendship based on commonality, and then it developed into stronger feelings,” notes Ian Forber-Pratt, a fellow adoptee and Ties … Read More