To the Parents I don’t Know
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by lynellelong
5d ago
I’ve known Meredith for many years now, she’s a fellow intercountry adoptee, born in China and adopted to the UK. She’s also a law graduate and a talented musician whose music features in the ICAV Video for Professionals released in 2021. I met up with her face to face at the recent INEA Congress in the Netherlands and it was such a delight to give her a huge hug and spend some time together. She has since sent me her latest song which she would like to share. After listening to her newest song, I told her I thought it was very courageous to share what I’m sure many adoptees like me will say ..read more
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The Pain is Bearable
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by Guest Blogger
2w ago
by Soorien Zeldenrust (김수연), adopted from Sth Korea to the Netherlands, originally published at LinkedIn in Dutch. English translation Recently, I found myself on the bottom step of the stairs, surrounded by two crying children. Their tears, more intense than ever before, touched my soul. In that moment, I felt a deep connection: they cried my tears, they shared my pain and grief. Together, we sat there, momentarily still. Returning to daily life, I felt strange. My body no longer seemed to be mine; I was wearing an invisible armour to survive. This was not only my Korean identity but also the ..read more
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Romania from the lens of a returning adoptee
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by lynellelong
3w ago
I had the honour of meeting a very talented person (amongst some other wonderful adoptees) whilst I visited Belgium recently. Her name is Céline Lăcrămioara and she was born in Romania and adopted to Belgium. She speaks French and I do not, so I was very honoured that through the short conversations we did have, she trusted me enough afterwards to want to share with me her incredible portfolios. Her words and photos say it all! What an incredible way to share the power of lived experience, the complexities we grapple with, the journey of exploring our other half – our birth country and p ..read more
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I don’t know
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by lynellelong
1M ago
I recently met Xanne-Li at the INEA Congress and Festival in the Netherlands, Xanne-Li is born in China and adopted to the Netherlands. Afterwards, we enjoyed connecting further during an adoptee dinner I organised with other intercountry adoptees in Amsterdam. What I didn’t realise until I returned home to Australia, was that Xanne-Li is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter. They posted in my ICAV FB group and I was deeply touched by their music and ability to express what so many adoptees struggle with – the constancy of unknowing, the endless questions we live with, the challenge to fi ..read more
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Monologue performances showcasing the complex lived experience of adoption from Colombia
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by lynellelong
1M ago
I’ve recently returned from an incredible trip to the Netherlands for the INEA Congress and Festival. While at the Congress, I had the privilege of meeting Colombian intercountry adoptee, José Montoya who performed his monologue live, entitled Grief. It was an excellent performance exploring a topic in adoption that many fail to grasp or understand, unless they’ve also lost their entire kin, culture, country and identity. I hope you will watch Grief to gain some understanding from lived experience and a very talented person, José Montoya. After the Congress, I reached out to Jose and he share ..read more
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Our separation bears down on both of us
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by Guest Blogger
1M ago
by Jillian Kurovski, adopted from Sth Korea to the USA. I was talking to my birth mother today for Lunar New Year. She always wants me to know how much she loves me and that she is sorry. I always tell her there is no need to be sorry. Our conversations remind me that my mother and I share much pain and trauma over the same separation. Knowing that she shares this grief too and that is is likely she feels alone in her sorry is a unique feeling that I find hard to describe. I think we both wish we could cry in each other’s arms to lighten the other’s load. Our separation bears down on both of u ..read more
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Adopted to Norway
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by Guest Blogger
3M ago
Vår Benum 임숙희 is born in South Korea, adopted to Norway When upon a time did the Great Sorrow come? Suddenly under vibrant verdant skies an indelible day in May? Or an excruciating, crisp, and harrowing hour in September where it all became too late and every thing vanished? Why did it not go away when the world was reborn? Maybe to remind me that I exist? Maybe as a testament to one I could have become? The images Vår shares below are her artwork illustrations made for some of the poems and songs she created such as what you’ve read above. She has published two poetry books in Norwegian as an ..read more
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Afrocentric
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by Guest Blogger
3M ago
Ebony Hickey is a proud Haitian Australian intercountry adoptee artist who has just finished performing at the National Gallery of Victoria with Afrocentric. Instagram ebony.hickey.7 Have a listen to Ebony’s recorded spoken word performance: Resources Ebony’s artwork and presentation at the K-Box Adoptee Take-Over night Ebony’s I Am Me artwork Ebony’s Born both Ways artwork Ebony’s artwork features in Australia’s Adoption and Suicide literature review (p1) A compilation of intercountry adoptee artwork as shown at ICAVs website The post Afrocentric first appeared on InterCountry Adoptee Vo ..read more
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Adoptees as experts and influencing international standards through advocacy
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by lynellelong
4M ago
This was written upon request of ISS-IRC for their No.269 Nov – Dec 2023 newsletter, published on 16 Jan 2024. This is a Special Edition celebrating 30 years! The ISS-IRC provides technical assistance to the Central Authorities of the 1993 Hague Convention for Intercountry Adoption and their newsletter is distributed to the Central Authorities. In this latest newsletter, the ISS-IRC has kindly provided the 2022 intercountry adoption statistics and analysis. See their published report here. I’m an intercountry transracial adoptee born in Vietnam in 1973, of Chinese origins, and questionably tak ..read more
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Reflecting on 25 Years of ICAV
InterCountry Adoptee Voices
by lynellelong
5M ago
by Lynelle Long, Founder of ICAV This year has marked 25 years since I began ICAV and as we near the end of the year, I reflect on the achievements and milestones made during these years. It has been my life mission to create a space for intercountry adoptees by intercountry adoptees. The changes over these years in our community have been massive and impressive. I can’t wait to see what is coming in the next 25 years as adoptees not only continue to find their voices, but turn it into purposeful action like we have seen published in the media recently. In Belgium, they have become the first ..read more
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