My Dearest Birth Family,
It has been 24 years since I was last with you. My desire to find and meet you has not always been, but as I have grown into an adult, wife and mother, I have learned that there is nothing more sacred and special in life than family. It is you that gave me life and a chance at all that I have and will experience. To you, I am eternally grateful for the love and sacrifice you showed me as a tiny infant. Your gracious act has led me to a life filled with faith, opportunity and unconditional love.
On October 17th, 1986, you placed me with Holt International where I was soon cared for by a foster mother. On February 12, 1987, I flew to the United States where I was joined with my adoptive parents. I was raised in Portland, Oregon by two loving parents, two brothers and one sister. As a child, my family was very open about my adoption. I always knew of you and that I had other siblings by birth. Although I didn’t have any further information about my birth family, I was always curious as to who you were and what you were like.
At the age of 2 years old, I began training in dance. As I grew older, I trained in all difference styles of dance which led to many achievements and memorable experiences. After graduating from high school, I taught dance for several years, took college courses and worked in multiple fields of interest.
At the age of 21 years old, I met my husband and we were married in Portland, Oregon. A year later, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. My daughter is now 1 ½ years old and such a joy to have in my life. Being her mother is a blessing and I would do anything to provide her with the best care and happiness possible. I hope to introduce you to my family someday.
As I mentioned before, meeting you wasn’t always an interest of mine. My disinterest was not because I had hard feelings toward you, but because I was fearful of the unknown. It was when I had my daughter that I realized how significant family truly is and will always be.
In my family, I am the only one that is adopted and I am the only one that is Korean. At family gatherings, I am used to the fact that no one in the room looks like me. I have often wondered what my birth parents and sisters look like and whether we share any physical attributes or personality traits. I have often wondered what my medical background is like and what history I have in my birth family ancestry. These are all thoughts that have crossed my mind and hope that in finding you, I might be able to know and learn the answers.
You made a decision 24 years ago that changed your lives and mine. I am forever grateful for the blessings and hope that you gave me during what must have been a very difficult time for you. I want you to know that placing me for adoption was an act of love and inspires me every day.