adoptee

Birthday Blues

This year for my 32nd birthday, I wanted to spend my birthday in a place that I was unfamiliar with. The joy of traveling to somewhere new was pulling at me for some time, but due to my work and school schedule, I could not get away. I waited patiently and developed a plan. I decided to pack up my whole studio apartment and stuff it all into a storage unit so I could become a nomad and to…

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New York Screening of YOU FOLLOW: a search for one’s past   

 If you are in the New York area on July 14th, then please join me in watching my film about my search for my birth mother in Goa, India.

New York Screening of YOU FOLLOW: a search for one’s past

If you are in the New York area on July 14th, then please join me in watching my film about my search for my birth mother in Goa, India.

!!!Washington, DC!!! 🎥 

 Come out for happy hour/dinner and a beautiful film about adventure, friendships, resilience, questions, and the search for birth family. #youfollowthefilm #youfollowscreening #washingtondc #visitwashingtondc #film #moviescreening #travelpics #adoption #adoptee #adotiveparents #birthcertificate #birthfamily #adventure #boats #indianfilms

!!!Washington, DC!!! 🎥

Come out for happy hour/dinner and a beautiful film about adventure, friendships, resilience, questions, and the search for birth family. #youfollowthefilm #youfollowscreening #washingtondc #visitwashingtondc #film #moviescreening #travelpics #adoption #adoptee #adotiveparents #birthcertificate #birthfamily #adventure #boats #indianfilms

SEATTLE, here we come!! We will be screening YOU FOLLOW: A Search For One’s Past on April 25th at the 10th Annual Aaina Festival that celebrates activist and artistic work by South Asian Women. A discussion panel of South Asian Adoptees will follow the film. Please join us at 2pm if you will be in town. #youfollowthefilm #youfollowscreening #filmfestival #aainafestival #southasianwomen #womeninfilms #feminist #femaledirector #femaleproducer #femaleeditor #seattle #washington #passionproject #motorcycle #adoption #adoptionfilm #adoptee #southasianartmuseum #india #indianwomen #indianfilm #adventure #love

SEATTLE, here we come!! We will be screening YOU FOLLOW: A Search For One’s Past on April 25th at the 10th Annual Aaina Festival that celebrates activist and artistic work by South Asian Women. A discussion panel of South Asian Adoptees will follow the film. Please join us at 2pm if you will be in town. #youfollowthefilm #youfollowscreening #filmfestival #aainafestival #southasianwomen #womeninfilms #feminist #femaledirector #femaleproducer #femaleeditor #seattle #washington #passionproject #motorcycle #adoption #adoptionfilm #adoptee #southasianartmuseum #india #indianwomen #indianfilm #adventure #love

Love Is Not Enough

A few weeks ago I was asked by a friend of mine to participate on a panel for an organization that she works for called Sierra Forever Families. She wanted to create a training for the staff from all three locations that focuses on the perspective of adult adoptees and foster care alumni. At first I was thrilled at this opportunity because I didn’t and still don’t quiet get that my voice is what…

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That Was Something New

I was walking through town and I got this sudden flow of energy run through my chest. I immediately identified it as missing someone. That someone was my birth mother. Never have I ever felt that desire in that specific way. What I mean is that I missed her as if I could just call her up and set up a time to meet. Her presence at that moment was different, and like no other time. She felt closer.…

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The best rejection letter we ever received!! #documentary #film #womeninfilm #femaledirector #femaleeditor #femaleproducer #india #indianwomen #films #rejectionletter #grownasswomen #adoption #adoptee #search #transracialadoptee #youfollowthefilm #flipthescript #filmfestivals #dreams #passionproject #goa #travel  (at Los Angeles, CA)

The best rejection letter we ever received!! #documentary #film #womeninfilm #femaledirector #femaleeditor #femaleproducer #india #indianwomen #films #rejectionletter #grownasswomen #adoption #adoptee #search #transracialadoptee #youfollowthefilm #flipthescript #filmfestivals #dreams #passionproject #goa #travel (at Los Angeles, CA)

The Value In My Name

I am not one to put a lot of weight on labels when trying to describe myself to others. In fact, I make an effort to detach myself from labels as much as possible. After much thought, there is one label that I value and am proud to have and that is my name.

My name was given to me by my birth mother, and although my parents had the right to change it during my adoption process, I am so happy that…

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Today is #worldadoptionday . I get the purpose to “celebrate” adoption, but it’s so much more complex than just filling the “want/need” to have kids and/or “saving” children. Adoption has many sides and many perspectives, not just love and happiness. I’m here to #FlipTheScript and represent the often misunderstood and misrepresented perspective of an adoptee; the loss of birth/first mothers and families, birth certificates, medical history, the truth, and also the grief, sadness, confusion, solitude, depression, the lies, racism, adoption as a multimillion dollar industry, and all the other feelings that agencies and adoptive families sometimes either fear or don’t want to listen to. #NationalAdoptionMonth #adoptionstory #adoptionjourney #adoptee #adoptionawareness @confessionsofanadoptee @adopttogether @worldadoptionday @hankfortener @scottharrison @jess_stam @dalepartridge  (at Ocean Beach, San Francisco)

Today is #worldadoptionday . I get the purpose to “celebrate” adoption, but it’s so much more complex than just filling the “want/need” to have kids and/or “saving” children. Adoption has many sides and many perspectives, not just love and happiness. I’m here to #FlipTheScript and represent the often misunderstood and misrepresented perspective of an adoptee; the loss of birth/first mothers and families, birth certificates, medical history, the truth, and also the grief, sadness, confusion, solitude, depression, the lies, racism, adoption as a multimillion dollar industry, and all the other feelings that agencies and adoptive families sometimes either fear or don’t want to listen to. #NationalAdoptionMonth #adoptionstory #adoptionjourney #adoptee #adoptionawareness @confessionsofanadoptee @adopttogether @worldadoptionday @hankfortener @scottharrison @jess_stam @dalepartridge (at Ocean Beach, San Francisco)

It’s National Adoption Month! Us adoptees are taking back our narrative. Only an adoptee can tell you the joys and challenges of being adopted, not the agencies and not the adoptive parents. Please don’t forget that trauma and grief are also involved and are often forgotten along with the birth/first mothers and families. It’s time to #FlipTheScript !! #youfollowthefilm #myindia09 @sluttybuddy @saywhatfoo

It’s National Adoption Month! Us adoptees are taking back our narrative. Only an adoptee can tell you the joys and challenges of being adopted, not the agencies and not the adoptive parents. Please don’t forget that trauma and grief are also involved and are often forgotten along with the birth/first mothers and families. It’s time to #FlipTheScript !! #youfollowthefilm #myindia09 @sluttybuddy @saywhatfoo