Six out of 10 people in the U.S. have had personal experience with adoption, according to the Adoption Network.
Members of UNC’s AdoptEd organization have felt firsthand and now discuss the impact of adoption. In order to share their story and the story of other adoptees, AdoptEd will premiere a video montage they produced in partnership with N.C. State University’s Adopted Students Union this Thursday in Dey Hall at 6:30 p.m.
AdoptEd President Liana Kostak, who is a member of the adoptee community herself, said she was impressed with how her fellow adoptees and adoptive parents were able to share such personal pieces of their stories.
“It made me feel proud of adoptees for speaking out and sharing who they are,” Kostak said. “I’m really excited to show the video series.”
AdoptEd accepted submissions from their own organization, ASU, a larger UNC Facebook group and a national Facebook group in which only adoptees are members. Kostak said they ended up using 15 submissions, with the majority of these contributed by adoptees from Asia.
AdoptEd Educational Outreach Chairperson Lily Gergle said the large size of the group provided a range of responses that opened her eyes to similarities and differences in adoptees’ lives.
“Being a part of AdoptEd for a while, I thought I had a pretty firm grasp on the adoptee experience, but I learned so much more,” Gergle said. “People were really generous and incredibly frank about their opinions and their experiences. I think that’s something you don’t often see. It was really enlightening for me, personally.”
Kostak said she also saw the value in the national scale of submissions and felt that the project provided a strong platform for adoptees that they may not find on their own.
“There are adopted people all over the campus and the country and the world,” Kostak said. “A lot of times adoptees don’t have much of a voice for whatever reason — maybe they choose not to because adoption is a really personal story — but of course that doesn’t mean that their voice should be diminished.”