For many adoptees, it can be difficult to find depictions of themselves in media and art. In this section, you will find a variety of different media resources for and about adoptees including visual media, documentaries, podcasts, and reading recommendations. Resources related to any of the specific categories identified in this guide would be found in that section. Though many of these resources are geared towards transnational/transracial adoptees, they can also be useful resources for adoptees who identify along different lines.
Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)
ISBN: 9780982190906 0982190905
This book serves as a guide for younger adoptees dealing with questions and comments about adoption and foster care. In this book, adoptees find guidance on how to handle questions about their adoption and ways to help them share only what information about themselves they want to share. A great resource for adoptees in all age groups!
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
ISBN: 9781893996908 1893996905
A collection of poetry written about the transnational adoptee experience by a Korean adoptee raised in America. Personal history and issues of identity are explored through colorful prose and heartbreaking command of poetic meter.
ISBN: 9781945572432 1945572434
A collection of poetry written by a transracial adoptee from South Korea. This collection explores the difficult and challenging emotions that surround being an transracial adoptee in the American Midwest. Is life really "better" for an adoptee and what does a "good life" really consist of? These are some of the tough questions this poetry collection explores.
This resource provides a comprehensive index of books and stories written by/for adoptees. Users can search for reading recommendations according to subject or type of adoption (i.e domestic or international, etc.) or by genre or author. Reading recommendation lists are also provided as well as the opportunity for users to submit a book recommendation.
Intercountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV)
This resource provides access to a repository of personal stories and narratives written by intercountry adoptees. These stories provide glimpses into the personal experiences of adoptees at various stages of their lives. Issues explored in these narratives include: racism, identity, reunion, abuse, special needs, and more.
The Adopted Child Does Not Know Which Side Of History He Or She Comes From.
18x24" acrylic/pencil on panel 2016
Heimer, an adoptee herself, creates narrative paintings constructed from the mythologies of herself—what she knows about herself and what she does not—and uses this work to explore her struggles with loneliness and identity. Heimer's adoption records were sealed at birth, restricting her from ever accessing them. Through her art, Heimer attempts to reconnect herself with her world and make a place for her and others who have shared similar experiences. Her 2016 Adopted Child series directly explores her adoption struggles while her more recent work grapples with larger struggles of identity, person-hood, and belonging.
Image from Andrea Joyce Heimer's The Adopted Child Series (2016).
Intercountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV)
ICAV provides a comprehensive index of international adoptee artists who work in various mediums, from fine arts to writing and beyond. Find information about adoptee artists as well as current projects and exhibitions.
Beginning to Explore Adoption Together (B.E.A.T)
The adoptee community is full of artists and creators working through different media to convey their stories and experiences. Explore this collection of current projects by adoptee artists which features documentaries, films, podcasts, personal blogs and vlogs, and more.
Kassaye MacDonald & Pascal Huynh
Made and produced by adoptees, this podcast seeks to de-stigmatize and remove the shame that surrounds adoption for so many people. Family, adoption, and power are explored through frank discussion and honest conversation.
Out of the Fog logo from Out of the Fog official website
In this podcast hosted by Davis, an adoptee himself, adoptees share their adoption journeys as well as their quests to find their biological families. This podcasts hopes to assist adoptees with finding acceptance and closure.
Who Am I Really? logo from Who Am I Really? official website