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Tracing Roots Difficult for Foreign-Born Adoptees

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Tracing Roots Difficult for Foreign-Born Adoptees

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A recent report argues that adults who were adopted as children should have access to their birth records. But for adoptees born outside the U.S., finding information about their birth parents can be difficult — if not impossible. Guests discuss the challenges foreign-born adoptees face when searching for their past.

Guests:

Peter Catapano, staff editor for The New York Times Editorial/Op-Ed page

Katy Robinson, author of A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee's Search for Her Roots; blogger for The New York Times adoption blog Relative Choices

Jeff Gammage, staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer; author of China Ghosts: My Daughter's Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood; blogs on Relative Choices

Sumeia Williams, adoptee who is searching for her birth mother in Vietnam; blogs on Relative Choices and on her own blog, Ethnically Incorrect Daughter