This is My Story by Jack Kurth

On Christmas morning of 2013, my mom surprised me with one of the best gifts ever. She had secretly hired a private investigator in Russia, and he had found my biological family. There were pictures, stories, and even videos. We decided we needed to meet them and began planning our trip that day. Six months later, we made a return … Read More

Plan Ahead: Here’s Why


Making a Plan Changes Things Are you thinking about traveling to your birth country? Or traveling as a family to your child’s country of birth? It’s time to make plans. Here’s why: This is so much more than a vacation–it is an exploration of identity. With that exploration, there will likely be special visits that must be arranged, people you … Read More

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