Iowa, China and Ethiopia: How One Couple Built Their Family through Birth, Adoption and Love

The following is reprinted on this blog with permission by AsiaTrend Magazine. It originally appeared in AsiaTrend Magazine’s August 2015 issue which can now be accessed online by following this link.

Iowa, China and Ethiopia: How One Couple Built Their Family through Birth, Adoption and Love

By Jodi Katherine Kiely

When I first set out to interview Jane and Dave Jensen of Decorah, Iowa, I envisioned walking away from our interview with a story about how the international adoption process has changed over the years for adoptive parents like the Jensens. I thought I would hear how adoptive parents now travel to the birth country of their child to meet him or her prior to bringing them home to the United States. (This is in comparison to earlier days when adoptive parents would hold their child for the first time at a U.S. airport after waiting hours for their new son or daughter’s international flight to hit U.S. soil.) Or a how the actual adoption process is now carried out in U.S. and local government offices in the child’s birth country, an approach much different from earlier times when such formalities were conducted in a U.S. courtroom. Continue reading “Iowa, China and Ethiopia: How One Couple Built Their Family through Birth, Adoption and Love”

Lessons Learned So Far

So I’ve been writing my column for a few months now, and I’ve learned so much more about the many complex layers of international adoption from both an adoptees’s point of view and, as you will see in my next article (soon to be posted), the adoptive parents’ perspective.

While it would be easy and dangerous to make generalizations, there have been some commonalities among my interviewees (so far) that I cannot deny: Continue reading “Lessons Learned So Far”