Sunday, November 30, 2014

It took the #flipthescript village …

Dread and a defeated outlook prompted me to write my post at the beginning of the month. What began as a simple way for me to distract from my birthday ambiguity, became the campaign sensation of #flipthescript on #NationalAdoptionMonth. The hashtag was used close to 18,000 times this month.

The Lost Daughters have spoken before, but we were often marginalized in the adoption conversation and our message, overlooked. A person gets weary with the repeated belittling.

How powerful words are.

Ours began with a Google+ chat, late in the evening with Bryan Tucker recording. No one really realized what kind of magic a well-designed video presence would make.

What happened next?

During National Adoption Month 2013, the word “adoptee” made only 3675 mentions but this year? 5940! Last year, the words came via blogs; this year, we moved to Twitter and the mainstream news!

Much thanks has been expressed to me, but the thanks really goes to those who bravely put their voices forward. Many were bloggers, but other adoptees soon felt safe enough to emerge. I am so happy they did. Our voices amplified and this wave of narratives washed over me and comforted me.

Welcome to the Adoptee Village. We are so happy you joined us, but we are not finished. November may be coming to an end, but adoptees will no longer be silent. Continue to amplify the #validvoices of #adoption … the voices of adoptees.

Additionally, check out this news coverage with Dr. Kimberly McKee that continues the movement … because, we are just getting started!

Fox 2 News Headlines

Feminist columnist, Rosita is a transracial, Korean-American adoptee. She is married to a Brit who refers to himself as an Anglo-American and is a mother to two multiracial children. Rosita was adopted in 1968 at the age of one through Holt International. Her road has been speckled with Puerto Rican and Appalachian relatives and her multiracial sister, the natural child of her adoptive parents. While quite content with her role as a “Tennerican,” her curiosity has grown recently as her children explore their own ethnic identities. She considers herself a lost daughter, not only because of the loss of her birth family, but also because of the loss of her adopted mother, who died in 2001 as she became a first time mother. Rosita has recently started her search for her natural family. With the help of G.O.A.’L., she visited Korea in August 2014. When she is not supporting her children on their individual paths, Rosita spends her time as an art educator, ceramicist and an art photographer. She also shares her adventures as an adoptee and parent on her blog, mothermade.