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An older Japanese Adoptee.


Hello, as you can tell from the title, I’m an older Japanese adoptee. I’m 21, adopted just a few days old to an American Caucasian missionary family (I lived there many years and speak Japanese and know Japanese culture). I feel there is no resources for people like me, are there any websites or anything? I’d love to chat to people like me. I know there are lots of resources for “Asian” adoptees, but when ever I look around there are no “Japanese Adoptees” or what I’m aware of. If anyone knows anything I’d love to know. I feel that the adoption rate of Japan isn’t very high and wanted to ban together like other races do (Korean, China, Vietnam, Philippines). When I looked up other countries adoptees, I found so many different organizations and so many options, but when it comes to Japanese adoptee info, it’s not much of anything. I’m pretty sure this is in the general Adoption talk and it’s okay that I post here? Thanks from,
Japanese Adoptee.

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I have never met a person adopted from Japan. I am thinking these adoptions were rare but I do not know.. Maybe your parents could do it because they lived in Japan.

Anyway all are welcome here so feel free to post.

Posted by Regina on Jan 28, 2017 at 1:43pm

Hi!

We are Caucasian parents to the most awesome 2 kids adopted from Japan.  We live and have always lived in the US.  When we going through the process, we were told that only 30 kids a year were adopted from Japan into the US. They did say that there were adoptions from Japan to other countries and within Japan itself. We are members of 2 Facebook Japan adoption groups. I know that my daughter has a older 1/2 brother that was adopted 10 years earlier to parents from California. My daughter is 8 and this would make him 18.  I am always interested in finding groups you are looking for, as well.  I would like for my daughter to one day find her biological 1/2 brother if she wants to. Look at the facebook groups with Japan adoption in the title.  Maybe this could help!

Posted by Carroll7887 on Jan 28, 2017 at 2:05pm

My son is 11 1/2 and was adopted from Japan. We were living there at the time of his adoption. We have not found any group in Houston TX for Japanese adopted people. You are correct that there are not very many adoptions from Japan. Hope you find something. If so let us know.

Posted by Mary Kay on Jan 28, 2017 at 10:51pm

It’s very rare. It’s very sad because there are lots of orphans, but Japan limits adoptions so much. Carroll7887 what are the names of the pages or the links? If it’s not personal of course. I’m really looking for people around my age that could understand me on the culture side (not being quite Japanese enough but not American enough). Mary Kay I’ve always wondered if I have half siblings. My birthmother was so young. If it’s not too personal, how much info do you have on the birthmother of your children? All I know is her name when she was a teenager (she’s probably married by now). I’m wondering if they have changed the policies since I was adopted because your kids look more on the younger side.

Posted by Jenzy Reiko on Jan 30, 2017 at 7:01am

Jenzy, here is one called Adopted from Japan: https://www.facebook.com/groups/691233300971467/

It is not terribly active, but perhaps posting in this group could connect you to other Japanese American adult adoptees.

I think many of the members of the group, however, are like me—parents of young kids adopted from Japan. We joined in hopes of learning from adoptee posts.

Good luck!

Posted by fambly on Feb 16, 2018 at 3:56pm

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