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Adoption Yesterday, Today, and Around the World


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International multi-award-winning recipient and gold-medalist author Rev. Dr. Janine Myung Ja, Philosophy, has written numerous books in the genres of memoir, anthology, history, politics, and self-help. Janine has been interviewed in newspapers, television, and radio from Seattle, Washington in the United States to Seoul, South Korea, including BBC Radio, Huffington Post, Northwest Afternoon, Northwest Asian Weekly, Dong-A Ilbo, and Chosun.

Janine is the pioneering curator of an anthology titled Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists, spotlighting the experiences of adult adoptees from Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. She then researched and wrote an investigational book on the history of adoption, unveiling the tactics used to obtain children for adoption. She shares personal experiences in two memoirs, one focusing on her childhood experience and the other on her search for her birth family with her twin titled The Search for Mother Missing.

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Meet Janine, the passionate curator behind this captivating history exhibition. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a natural optimism, Janine has devoted 25 years of her life to exploring the fascinating realms of world religions and intercountry adoption. But what truly sets her apart is her unwavering belief in the ethics and morals of the human spirit. She firmly trusts in our ability to not only survive but thrive and correct ourselves when faced with challenges.

Janine's worldview is rooted in the idea that all humans are entitled to equal treatment, in accordance with the divine laws of nature and the principles outlined in universal and constitutional human rights treaties. Her commitment to this belief leads her to stand firmly against the commodification of children and the abhorrent practice of child trafficking, even when masked as a deceptive "service" for children.

Throughout the past half-century, Janine has followed her curiosity fearlessly, unearthing truths that some might prefer to keep hidden. She knows that knowledge is power, and despite the risk of being misunderstood or labeled as "negative" or "anti-this or that," she believes that shedding light on these crucial matters is essential.

Through her virtual exhibitions, Janine shares her profound learnings with the world. Her content is centered around adoptees, seeking to inform them and the wider public about the concealed aspects of domestic, transracial, and overseas adoption. Her hope is that, by gathering and simplifying this complex and often obscured information, humanity will be empowered to take a united stand against the exploitative practices against children.

So join us as we explore history and discover the profound impact that knowledge, compassion, and collective action can have in shaping a better future for all. Together, we can make a difference and safeguard the well-being and rights of every child today and for generations to come.

Adoption: What You Should Know

The Works of Rev. Janine Myung Ja, Ph.D. Philosophy

1. How did adoption evolve throughout history and become what it is today?

2. What is the intersection between international adoption and child trafficking?

3. How have children been obtained from mothers, fathers, and communities?

4. Why are those who voice concerns about adoption immediately called anti-adoption or labeled as bad? 

5. What do adoption agencies pray you do not know about adoption?

6. What are adopted people saying about the practice today?

7. What needs to be done to stop the commodification and other concerns voiced by the people?

8. From what perspective should we look at adoption in order to protect local and global families from exploitation?

9. What human rights did the adoption pioneers ignore yesterday? Are rights respected today?

*NOTE: If you missed the symposium, you will find answers in the books Adoption History: An Adoptee's Research into Child Trafficking and Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists. The curator's memoir, The Search for Mother Missing by Janine Vance, reveals how the author discovered the hidden side of international adoption.

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