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Americanized '72: A Generation-X Coming-of-Age (& Identity) Adoption Story

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Americanized '72: A Generation-X Coming-of-Age (& Identity) Adoption Story (Adoption Books for Adults Book 1)

Americanized '72: A Generation-X Coming-of-Age (& Identity) Adoption Story (Adoption Books for Adults Book 1) By Janine Vance

There comes a time in everyone's life when you are forced to choose between the preachings of your childhood-upbringing or the great unknown. When raised by a religious couple, who do you "honor and obey," when they disagree?

This is an up-close and personal story about adapting to the dynamics of being adopted while facing typical and unusual family challenges, like attempting to win approval from the authorities of the day.

In addition, accidents happen, such as the father's 100-foot hang-gliding fall, resulting in his traumatic brain injury and permanent disability, which add to the burden of the family dynamic.

What would you do if you learned that your Christian parents were holding secrets, which could affect your siblings and your status as an American into the future?

Later into adulthood, when you are nudged by the universe to look at life (and the afterlife) outside of your traditional upbringing, what would you do if the pastor kicked you out of his congregation?

Amazon Review

"As a fellow inter-country adoptee this book means so much to me because it validates the experience I went through growing up in the 70' and 80s. Americanized ' 72 tells of Janine's personal memoir that would typically be kept behind the scenes, or in the dark in real life because it has to do with adoption, and most adoptions start with secrets. Janine is vulnerable, innocent, and this is a coming of age story of trying to figure out her identity, her place within her family, her rocky adoptive mom's relationship, and sickness. Janine not only shares openly her experience but she shares with ironies, sarcasm, and sense-of-humor that really shine through in her memoir. Her voice is revolutionary for those of us who are not yet able to communicate, articulate, and/or scared to share because of our adoptive families. For most of us, we have to keep quiet about how we truly feel about our adoption experience for fear of upsetting our adoptive parents.
Besides bringing out issues about adoption, it also touches on coping with family relationships, abuse, divorce, hoarding, disabilities, mental illness, and well-kept secrets, you know, the 'typical' American life. Janine is brave of 'coming out of the closet' to speak her Truth. She also co-founded Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network with her twin sister (also known as “Vance Twins“). For years she and her sister show compassion and support to the community that includes domestic, inter-country, late-discovery adoptees, AND long lost families. If you are adopted you can identify with the author's adoption experience but if you are not adopted you will get a real taste of how it 'feels' to be adopted with all the extra issues that most people never have to deal with or think about. So don't be shy about picking up this book, you will not regret it."

"This story is the starting point of the Adoption Truth Journey" --James W.

Today the twins are the co-founders of one of the largest adoptee-led groups on social media and are especially known for turning adoption upside-down.

*This is the updated and revised version of Twins Found in a Box: Adapting to Adoption (2003) no longer available.

Have you ever thought about looking for your birth family?
"The Search for Mother Missing answers some question in a very satisfactory, insightful manner that will make you see the world of international adoption differently. Those questions are: what's it like to be a trans-racial international adoptee? Do the benefits of international adoption outweigh the costs, and vice versa? What rights should the child, biological parents and adoptive parents have? What sort of protections are necessary? When is adoption appropriate? These aren't easy questions and Janine Vance doesn't give easy answers either, but they are honest and thoughtful answers nonetheless. I highly recommended this book, if not for its candor, for its uplifting story." Sandy Masia

In this contemporary tale detailing a two-week trip that explores intercountry adoption from South Korea, twin sisters naively travel to their birth city of Seoul in search of their Korean family. Little incidents along the way serve as a catalyst that leads them into a worldwide modern-day adoptee-rights movement seeking truth and transparency

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"This is a powerful and important read for all. The adoptee's voice is all too often silenced, and it can literally be life or death for some to be heard and seen."Amazon Review

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