I have the pleasure of hosting two Duke Students this summer at Amara within the Post-Adoption Program. They are here through the DukeEngage program - a program where students engage in an immersive service experience to organizations both in the U.S. and abroad. John and Julia are living in the University of Washington dorms and take public transit to our office in M-F 9-5. I am impressed with Julia’s reflections on her time with us thus far, which I’ve copied & linked to below:
My supervisor at Amara, Angela Tucker, the director of the Post-Adoption Program and an adoptee herself, introduced me to the concept of ‘adoptee rights’ on my first day of work. I had never heard of this before, and, honestly, had never considered it…
Every day at work, while reviewing these files, I can’t help but reflect on my own family and identity. Now more than ever I feel so privileged that I know my ancestry, my family history, my cultural background; I feel privileged that I have unrestricted access to my own birth certificate and my own medical records. I have baby pictures of myself; I have a strong sense of place and belonging in a loving family; there is no uncertainty in or redaction of my life’s history; I know who I am and where I come from. These are privileges that millions of adoptees—both children and adults—do not have.
Read her full post HERE.