Colour of Time Book – VICTORIA ICAV Post Launch Celebrations

VIC ICAV Post Launch Celebration

Colour of Time Book – ICAV Post Launch Celebrations

Hi all .. for those interested in reading about and seeing pics of our Book Launch in Sydney yesterday:
If anyone wants a copy, best to visit ur state ISS office as they have copies.  Alternatively, you can mail me an Express Post mailbag to me at PO Box 6550 Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 and I’ll mail you a copy.
For Post Launch Celebrations for Adult intercountry adoptees, ICAV State Reps are organising Post Launch Celebrations in each major State where adoptees can be given a copy of the book.  RSVPs are essential so we know how many copies of the books to bring to these events for distribution.
Date: Friday, July 7
Time: 7 – 10 PM
Venue: Henrietta’s Chicken Shop, 1 Fulham Place, CBD, Melbourne
Who: Adoptees & Partners welcome.
Please RSVP so we can getting the booking right and so we know how many hardcopy books are needed.
RSVP: Sue Bylund
Date: Friday 14 July
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: Phi Yen, 205 Brisbane Street (Cnr Lake Street), NORTHBRIDGE, 6003
Who: Adoptees & partners welcome.
RSVP: Leanne Tololeski
Date: Sunday 30 July
Time: 9:30am onwards as International Adoption Day 2017
Venue: Citipointe College, 322 Wecker Rd, Carindale
Who: Adoptees, adoptive families, partners, anyone
RSVP: Anna Kopeikin
RSVP: Min Mednis

JD Carter – The Long Way Home

60 Minutes – Link

4th June 2017

Joel de Carteret’s remarkable journey proves the power of love can overcome truly impossible odds. There’s an extraordinary ending to this story, but it begins with heartbreak. As a five year old Joel got hopelessly lost from his mother when he wandered away from the family home and into a bustling city market in the Philippines. He searched and searched but couldn’t find her, and eventually was taken to an orphanage. Imagine his despair as for the next 18 months this little boy contemplated a future with little hope. But Joel is plucky and also lucky. He’s adopted by a caring and loving Australian family. He goes on to lead a happy and successful life here, except something is always missing. Six months ago, 30 years after getting lost, Joel de Carteret couldn’t ignore the pain any longer. He had to find his birth mother. But in a country of one hundred million, where would he even start to look?

Reporter: Liam Bartlett 

Producer: Jo Townsend 


The Perks Of Being An Adoptee

 The Perks Of Being An Adoptee By Mae Claire

Adoption is complex and each adoption is unique. There is something that unites all adoptees though, and it is loss. Many find happiness, joy, understanding, and their birth family while at the same time experiencing great pain. There are also adoptees who have had less ideal experiences. What they do with their life is up to each individual and many choose to write to make light of their lived experience. One of the perks of being an adoptee is realizing that we are powerful beyond all measure and the way we tell our stories is beautiful, thought-provoking, painful, insightful, humorous

Beyond Infantilizing Portraits: South Korean Adoptees Speak Out

Korean Expose – by

Perhaps the world’s best-known Korean adoptee today is Adam Crapser. After living in the U.S. for almost four decades, Crapser was deported to South Korea late last year because his adoptive parents had never filed for his American citizenship.

The twists and turns of Crapser’s story were splashed all over the news: his traumatic childhood and abusive adoptive parents; his criminal history and earnest attempts to turn his life around; his legal battles to stay in the U.S.; and, ultimately, his deportation to South Korea, where his birth mother struggled to learn English as she waited for her son.

Crapser’s tale is certainly dramatic, and it is important to recognize the reality of struggles like his. But the media’s dramatization of such cases can create a one-dimensional narrative of adoptees, often as helpless victims without a clear sense of identity. Others portray adoptees as eternal children, fixating upon grainy black-and-white baby photographs from orphanages or adoption agencies.

More than 200,000 Koreans have been sent overseas for adoption since the 1950s. Because the roots of adoption lie in the post-Korean War humanitarian effort, there is still a common perception of adoptees as orphans who should be rescued, pitied or regarded with guilt.

“When you tell [Koreans] that you’re adopted, they immediately say they’re sorry, speaking collectively for the country,” said adoptee Hojung Audenaerde.

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