#NAAM 2018 ADOPTION STORIES: Julie, born in South Korea, adopted to the United States

FELLOW ADOPTEE JULIE SHARES HER ADOPTION STORY WITH YOU, IN HER OWN WORDS. JUST LIKE MANY OF US, THE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION SHE HAS ABOUT HER LIFE BEFORE ADOPTION IS VERY LIMITED AND SOMEWHAT VAGUE. HOWEVER, SHE IS DETERMINED TO SEARCH FOR THE ANSWERS…
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“I was born November 5, 1985 in a hospital in Incheon South Korea. According to the
paperwork in my file, I was given up for adoption because my mother had left the
province she was raised in and was unable to support her and me. I flew to Minnesota in
May 1986 when I was 6 months old to meet my adoptive parents. I do not have all the
information regarding the length of the process that my adoptive parents went through,
however, I do know that my mom was not able to have children because she had been
diagnosed with breast cancer. I would eventually find out that the day I was picked up
from the airport, my adoptive mother had received cancer treatments that morning. The
information I have regarding my biological parents is rather limited. According to the
paperwork that I have received from Korea, my mother was raised in Yesan province
and lost her mother at a young age. My mother did not get along well with her husband’s
second wife and went to live with extended family. After my mother’s grandmother died,
she left Yesan and went to work in Incheon. After that, the story gets a little lost in
translation and then it was noted that she was pregnant and gave the child, me, up for
adoption. There is no information regarding my biological father and I have two
different birthdays for my biological mother. Growing up as an adoptee was a different
type of experience. I was raised in a predominately white small midwestern town and
there were very few adoptees in the community. My adoptive mother lost her battle to
breast cancer the summer I was seven and several years after that my father remarried.
Now, I am 33 and a transracial adoptee parent and former foster parent, I have flipped
the script. My adoption journey has not always been easy and there have been times that
I have struggled. My first trip back to Korea since my birth was the spring of 2018. It was
life changing. Words cannot describe the experience or the powerful emotions that took
over. I have learned more about myself in the last three years than I knew the majority
of my life. I know my story isn’t over and I will continue to look for my biological
parents.”
Written by
Julie
born in South Korea
adopted to the US
You can find Julie and follow her work on Facebook at
and on Instagram at
Julie is in the process of releasing her memoir.
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