Reporting Back – Adopted People

It’s critical that we tell our stories.  If we remain silent, others who think they know our lives, will tell our stories for us.

There are as many adoption stories as there are adopted people.  Yet there are common themes that run like rivers across the adoption landscape.  Themes that unite, nurture, obstruct, challenge and transform us.  Themes that silence and distort our truths.

We must report back to those who made and make the laws, devised and devise the policies, delivered and deliver the practice, guarded and guard the files, protected and protect the practitioners, wrote and write the narrative, and to those who continue to dismiss our truths if they do not match their own assumptions.

Here is a space to tell our stories.

Please send your contributions to adoption@xtra.co.nz

Note:  Contributors’ names are only published with their permission.   We ask that people’s Reporting Back contributions are not reproduced without the specific contributor’s permission. 

Reporting Back … Kim, 2017