What’s up Land of Gazillion Adoptees?! We recently had a lovely conversation with Kacy Ames-Heron, who is now running the adult adoptee column for Adoption Today. She’s great, and we encourage adoptees who have been reunited with their first families to take a look at Kacy’s call for submissions and consider sending something over.
My name is Kacy Ames-Heron. I am a Social Worker in NYC and I am adopted from Korea. I write a bimonthly column for Adoption Today which is a national magazine that is aimed at educating adoptive families and professionals about themes of adoption. I write a column from an adult adoptee perspective and invite other adoptees to write pieces on the same theme. The next theme is about relationships with birth families. If you have a relationship with your birth family and would be willing to write a piece about it, I would love to hear from you. I know it takes thought and effort to write a piece and unfortunately I will not be able to monetarily reimburse for contributions. You will, however, be able to contribute your voice to educating families and adoption professionals about important issues that face adopted people. If you write a piece, it would be about 250 words and would run with your bio and a picture of yourself. You can email or call me to let me know if you are interested and I can answer any more questions you might have. I would need to submit your contribution by the end of October to my editor. Below is the question that you would be responding to for the column:
“Each birth family reunion and relationship is unique. Openness and reunion can mean many things and can range from an exchange of a letter to ongoing relationships that develop over years. In some reunions, ongoing connection and contact is not maintained. What has enabled your relationship with your birth family to grow over time? What has been most meaningful for you in your ongoing relationship with your birth family and what have been the biggest challenges in maintaining this relationship?”
Also, I am always thinking about important and relevant topics to include in the column to educate and inform adoptive parents and professionals. If you have any thoughts about what would be a good topic, please let me know.
Thank you so much!