A Korean Adoptee Has a Compelling Reason to Search for Her Birth Parents

What to Expect When You’re … Adopted

My search for my birth parents began when I got pregnant.

By |Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 9:00 AM

I was born to Korean immigrants in Seattle, and my confidential or “closed” adoption at the age of 2 months severed all ties between my birth family and me—until I set out to restore those ties a few years ago. Though I was always curious about my first parents and their reasons for giving me up, I had been focused on other things—going to school, graduating from college, finding a job, getting married. But after years of wondering, I finally had a compelling, undeniable reason to look for my birthparents, a reason I thought about night and day (and every time I caught a glimpse of my expanding waistline in the mirror): I was expecting my first child.

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