Adoption: What You Should Know

Read ADOPTION: What You Should Know before you write the $30,000 check. (Soon to be released in July 2020)

How would you like to be given a new identity to live by and then removed from your sisters and brothers–never to be permitted to ever contact them again–even upon your death bed? This is just one of many governmental red tape adoptees are forced to contend with because of adoption. Gain a bird’s-eye view on the hidden side of the practice here! The findings have been called mind-blowing by adoptees and non-adoptees alike. Discover the history of adoption in a condensed book meant to help you see the topic in an organized manner. This research book has been divided into four short easy to read sections: revealing the making of the system throughout time starting from Europe, America, Asia, and today finally in Africa. It is a must-read for academics studying the field, and particularly useful for social workers, counselors, anthropologists, human rights advocates, and adoptee allies. Pick up this book today and be one of the rare few who know more than the professionals profiting from the field. This research book summarizes the inception and expansion of the adoption industry, focusing on its roots and consequences kept from public awareness. For years, facilitators have denied adoptees access to documents that could lead them back to their families. In defense of the rights of adopted people, a true Ethiopian orphan briefly speaks her mind about adoption. Then, going back in time, the attention shifts from African adoptions (what’s been trending) to the 1954 Evangelical Baby “Swoop” Era, to the 1854 Orphan Train Movement, and finally to the European Child Migration Schemes. Adoption History 101: An Orphan’s Research supports those who have ever felt isolated due to the industry’s privacy and lack of transparency. Taken children–now adults–are critiquing a global man-made market. This orphan’s perspective is meant to inform vulnerable communities against a fierce industry that professes God is on their side. It is only natural for Mother-Nature to recover itself. This research is motivated by a Haitian adoptee who died of heart failure after learning that he had been trafficked to France for overseas adoption but was never able to acquire justice due to the public’s love affair with the practice. This short book deconstructs the industry and acknowledges the families left behind. Has the global push for adoption exploited mothers worldwide?

Author and researcher, Janine Myung Ja


 Rev. Janine Myung Ja, Ph.D., Philosophy,

Specializing in Conscious-Centered Living

Personal and Philosophy | Adoption Research & Politics

cofounder of Adoption Truth & Transparency Worldwide Network 

 P.S. How do we resolve the adoption trafficking crisis? Education is key. Knowledge plus action equals power. The power is with the people. If you would like to help us spread the word, please consider joining my ARC Street Team. If you are on Facebook, send my sister, Jenette Vance, a “friend” request, and “LIKE” the Vance Twins FB Page for updates on adoptee stories. If you are not on Facebook and willing to get the word out, send a message to

If you would like to know more about my childhood personal experiences, my childhood memories are told in the book Americanize 72 and The Search for Mother Missing, under the name VANCE available on Amazon.

Reviews from Readers Favorite:

Janine Myung Ja’s ADOPTION is an informative and revealing book that deals with the social issue of inter-country adoption. An adoptee herself, the author certainly knows what she’s writing about. This is a book that tries to collect the various stories of adopted children from Korea, Africa, India, and other countries, ending up in cultures and countries that are a world apart from where they originally come from. It also exposes the problematic adoption system that leaves some adoptees deprived of their basic human rights. Designed to inform all adoptees of their emotional and legal rights, this book tackles an issue that is mostly neglected by lawmakers from all over the world. And these are highly interesting and revealing stories that the whole world should know about!” ~ Reviewed by Maria Beltran

Janine advocates for the right of adoptees to retain their own documentation, not to have their previous existence ‘wiped out’ by the stroke of a bureaucratic pen… Janine calls upon adoptees and readers, in fact, to trust themselves and their instincts, to open their minds and to value themselves, not to look to others for validation. …Janine is a staunch and passionately vocal advocate for the rights of adoptees… This book will make you reconsider what you thought you knew about adoption.” ~ Reviewed by Fiona Ingram

“This is a book that looks at an entirely different side of the world of adoption. While many people think that they are saving these children, who would otherwise be entirely unwanted or neglected, there is an epidemic of adoption trafficking and children who have been ripped from the arms of loving and caring parents for a completely new life. The stories of these children and what their lives have become, whether with a healthy and happy home or a traumatic and dangerous one, are stories that need to be told…” ~ Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

“Including personal background information as well as story excerpts from other interested parties, Janine Myung Ja does not resort to an angry diatribe in Adoptees. Rather, she presents a compelling, rational, highly-researched foundation for advocating an evolutionary appraisal of the adoption world, followed by an equal inclusion of adoptee voices in creating positive change in the system… Prepare to have your comfortable preconceptions challenged. Plan to be grateful for these highly illustrative writings of Janine Myung Ja.” ~ Reviewed by Joel R. Dennsted