This is My Story by Cassie Zahller

Cassie Zahller Adoptive Family Travel Contest

My older brother and I were both adopted from South Korea as infants. We aren’t blood related, but sharing the bond of adoption as we grew up made us close. Chris and I both came from Korea Social Service; he was adopted at 6 months old and I was adopted at 4 months old. We always had desired to travel … Read More

Podcast: Impact of Travel by Filipino Adoptee and Mom

Impact of Heritage Travel

Sally Ankerfelt and her son Elias, born in the Philippines, traveled to Elias’ birth country when he was 13, and again when he was 18 years old. Their first trip was with Filipino Ties. On the second trip, they worked with The Ties Program on an independent journey. In this podcast, Sally and Elias share amazing insight regarding homeland travel … Read More

GUATEMALAN TIES UPDATE

Families from all over the United States and Canada have traveled with Guatemalan Ties since 2001. We were also delighted to have a family from Belgium join a group a few years ago, and may see more international travelers in the future. During that time “kids” as young as 4 and as old as 26 have traveled with their families. … Read More

Birth Country Travel: Language & Identity

Birth Country Travel: Language & Identity This is part 3 in a series on international adoption and identity. For most kids on a homeland journey, language and the ability to communicate is an immediate piece of how they see themselves. Very few are able to speak in their birth language. As a result, their first interaction with people in their … Read More