We each have a story of who we are and where we came from. For thirty-something Mattea Dibble it’s been more of a choose-your-own-adventure. Mattea was adopted from a South Korean orphanage at around 6 months of age and grew up in a small town in Washington State that was the next best thing to Mayberry. A recent trip to South Korea helped Mattea in coming to terms with her ethnicity and “her people”, but it’s also cemented her identity as Korean American.
Korean American Adoptees (KAD) – Very active closed group for Korean American Adoptees 18+:
- Main topics: social/culture experiences, DNA testing, birth family Searches, Korea reunion trips/tours, travel buddy spreadsheet, adoptee-related legislation in Korea/America, local chapters of groups.
- NOTE: Adoptees are not “automatically” U.S. citizens. Some adoptees have been deported, so naturalization paperwork must be submitted.
Koreans Reunited and Empowered Speak (KORES) – Closed group for KADs who have met biological family (or are going to shortly)