Adoption Stories from Adopted the Movie - A Feature Film by Barb Lee

July 31, 2007

The End of a Journey

Filed under: Adoption,Chinese Adoption,Film News — Catherine @ 11:13 am

For the past year, we have followed John and Jacqui on their journey to adopt a daughter from China. We watched as they waited for their referral, traveled to China, and eventually brought home little Roma. A few weeks ago, we wrapped up shooting their part of the story. Below, Jacqui discusses saying goodbye to the producers and the film crew in her blog.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

An end of an era within our journey to Roma

This past weekend was the tearful goodbyes to the producers and the film crew that have been following us on our journey to Roma. We responded to a request they posted on the FCC newsletter at about this time last year from:

They were looking for a couple that was close to picking up their child from China. Well, last year we really thought we were within months of getting our referral. This journey lasted longer than anyone anticipated. They are done filming us and plan to release the film this fall.

It has been a blessing that they have been involved in our journey. During the interviews, they asked some very difficult questions which then got us learning more on the myriad issues surrounding international and interracial adoption.

I have to thank you, Barb and Nancy, for opening my eyes and I hope to be a better mom because of your passion for this documentary.

If anyone would like to see more on the documentary, go on and visit their blog over at:




July 27, 2007

NPR Series on Adoption in America

Don’t miss NPR’s four-part series, Adoption in America, that looks at the way adoption has affected four different families:

An adopted child changes a family forever.

That’s what we’ll hear from conversations this week on Morning Edition
about adoption in America. Four families and adoptees have learned that
it’s not just family photos that change — but entire family trees,
family traditions and family stories that are altered by an adopted
child’s own story. We’ve asked them to reflect on their experiences
with adoption, and share the stories that define who they have become.

The series looks at transracial, international and domestic adoption, addressing the complications that can arise in terms of race and identity, and what happens when adolescent adoptees feel as if they’ve been abducted from their birth families and countries.


July 9, 2007

Changes in Korea

Filed under: Adoption,adoption news,Korean Adoption — Catherine @ 2:53 pm

There has recently been a huge development in Korean family law, with the potential to change some of the social aspects of Korean society. Read this article from The Korea Herald and tell us what you think:

The Korea Herald

June 6, 2007

Since monarchical rule centuries ago, Koreans have lived under the patriarchal "hoju" or family head system. Family registers have been compiled on the basis of the father-to-first son lineage and daughters and younger sons are separated from the family line upon marriage.

These documents, called "hojeok," which record marriages, births, deaths, adoptions and divorces taking place in the family have defined every citizen’s origin and status in this homogenous, male-dominated society. Beginning on Jan.1, 2008, hojeok will no longer be in public use, replaced by "individual family records."

By the end of the year, government computers will rearrange hojeok data under individual entries so each item will contain the names of the nuclear family plus those of the couple’s parents only. A more important change will be that a new couple can decide to give their future offspring the mother’s family name and specify so upon their marriage registration. A woman can change the name of her children from her previous marriage to that of her present husband. Adopted children are to be given exactly the same rights as children from the marriage.

All these changes mean a departure from the tradition of the rigid family head system and also reflect a significant rise in the legal status of women under a new family law enacted in accordance with a Constitutional Court decision in 2005. The top court nullified the Civil Code provision that children should take their father’s family name in response to a petition from a coalition of some 130 feminist organizations.

For decades, women’s rights advocates had fought for the abolition of the "hoju" system which they determined as the fundamental device being used to keep women under male dominance. First, they attaned the goal of equal rights between male and female children in property inheritance, and then they campaigned against the male family head system. Protests from traditionalists, including Confucian scholars, were strong, but they could not resist the changes in social concepts for too long.

A full 50 years have passed since the Legal Aid Center for Women started the campaign for family law revision, and the women’s movement in Korea has arrived at a milestone with the establishment of the new family registration system, including flexibility in naming children. Feminist endeavors to remove discriminatory legal provisions and public systems can be encouraged in the days ahead with the voices of women rising in various walks of life, particularly in the legal professions and political arena.

Yet, now is also time for the leaders of women’s groups to take a fresh look at the goals of their movements. The peculiar situation in Korea requires women to exert their social improvement efforts in two directions: they need to continue to fight against disadvantages in the workplace, in pay, promotions, and assignments on one hand, while, on the other, they should play a more active role in protecting family values in our homes, which are being threatened by steep changes in social trends as seen in a low birthrate, a high divorce rate and even the rising incidence of suicide, all registering record numbers by global standards.

Women still are definitely the weaker side in society, but mothers are also the strongest members of families. As changes in laws and systems reduce impediments to their activities, they are entrusted with better care for their families through the right education of children and good management of homes.


July 2, 2007

Talking About Race

Dr. Joseph Crumbley, a therapist specializing in adoptive families, discusses the importance of talking about race with your internationally adopted child.