Chembur India (Mumbai) 

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Adoption Blog (Sarah Brandt Talreja) 

Welcome to AdOpt.


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MIn Dag På Adoptionzone.dk 

Kœre Annike, alle som lœser og ikke mindst alle jer som har vœret så søde til at skrive på dette indlœg idag,

Kl er 8:50 pm og i sover nok alle sammen men så har i noget morgen lœsning. Jeg har nu haft nogle timer til at sidde og fordøje hele dette indlœg som faktisk kom helt bag på mig. Da jeg imorges skrev, tœnkte jeg hmmmm gad vide om der er nogen herinde som har børn fra årgang 95 -96 og gad vide om jeg kender dem. Jeg tœnkte ikke så meget over det da jeg klikkede på den lille "udfør" knap. Jeg regnede med at jeg ville få nogle gode resultater ang. hvem der venter på HC og hvem som har fået barn i forslag.

Annike's mail gav paf i mig fordi jeg netop så mange gange har tœnkt på at hun minder mig om en som jeg kender men jeg ved ikke hvem. Det har jo stået på i et år nu men da søde Annike aldrig skrev til mig efter at have lœst min blog hvor jeg skriver at jeg har eskorteret i 96 ... ja så tœnker jeg jo ikke over at det måske er lige der at jeg kender eller rettere sagt har mødt hende og hendes mand. Hele dagen idag har vœret helt utrolig for alle tror jeg. Jeg sidder her og er ved at lave en film og skrive en bog om adoption og pludselig finder jeg ud af alt dette her samt at Annike fortœller mig at hun har video bånd hvor jeg er med. Det er jo helt perfekt tœnker jeg. Tœnk at Annike og hendes familie kommer til at blive et kœmpe led i mit projekt idet at jeg her på det sidste har sagt til mig selv, "hvor er det œrgeligt at jeg ikke har det på film da jeg kom til Dk med de 5 piger" men har helt slået det ud af hoved at det kunne blive aktuelt på nogen måde. Det var ligesom en tanke som fløj gennem mig men ikke en realistisk en. Når men jeg lœser jo Annikes søde ord til og om mig samt mange andres og det vil jeg sige jer alle tusind tak for. Jeg ved ikke hvad jeg skal sige, er helt overvœldet med alle de pœne ord. Tusind tak.

Annike, du er så sød at skrive at jeg er blevet et bindeled og vil så gerne sige tusind tak og i lige måde for du er blevet et kœmpe led i mit projekt uden at vi overhoved har vidst det. Jeg ved godt at det er lidt mœrkeligt at samligne en film/bog med en indisk pige, men det gør jeg for min passion for dette og for at have lœrt så mange dejlige mennesker at kende har vœret en stor drøm og i har hjulpet mig med så mange ting som historier, billeder, tegninger, og hvad ved jeg. Kœmpe hjœlp og så er der dem af jer jeg mødte i Indien og fik lov til at interviewe som Bettina og hendes familie ..samt flere andre. Der er jer som venter på at få jeres barn hjem som jeg nu kender meget til samt jer som venter på barn i forslag. Det er helt utroligt smukt alt sammen.

Som i nok alle kan huske var mit første indlœg i år omkring Februar tror jeg og jeg fik mange klager men også mange positive comments pga. af at jeg var blevet så vred over det med den indiske dreng som fik nej. Jeg fik at vide at jeg ikke kunne skrive sådan fordi der havde vœret for mange klager og jeg kan huske at jeg tœnkte, "nej hvis jeg som adoptiv voksen som laver et projekt netop om adoption ikke kan skrive sandheden..ja så er det jo nok best at jeg sletter min profil her". Men Kœre Tine var meget sød til at sige at hun syntes at jeg skulle omformulere mig og så ville hun støtte mig. Jeg tœnkte over det i 5 min. og så var jeg på igen. Sådan en dag som idag bringer disse minder frem, for tœnk nu hvis jeg ikke havde gjort det, tœnk nu hvis jeg havde forladt denne zone som jeg var meget tœt på... jammen så ville jeg ikke have lœrt jer at kende og i ville nok ikke kende så meget til mig og mit projekt og jeg ville aldrig have vidst at den lille bitte bitte Asta fra dengang er Annike's datter.

Det er bare en vidunderlig dag og jeg ville bare gerne sige tak. Tak for idag, for jeres comments, og fordi i lœser og følger så pœnt med. Tusind Tak.

Kœrlig Hilsen
SARAH
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Adoption article Mumbai India 

http://www.chemburghatkoparplus.com/ful ... ART4232006
Kamiya Mohan Jani, Ghatla Village

An adopted on adoption

With a mission to create streamlined interventions for parents who are in the process of adoption, Sarah who was adopted 28 years ago is making a documentary on adoption. CG Plus traced her visit at Bal Anand Orphanage at Chembur.

A month-old baby was found at Dadar station and was taken to Manav Seva Sangh, an Orphanage at Sion in Mach 1978... Six months later she was adopted by a wonderful family who took her to Denmark. With a Danish mother and an Indian father, Sarah Talreja has known since childhood that she has been adopted. Her curiosity to know her birth place and her biological mother brings her back to India after 28 years… to make a documentary on adoption.

A student of Media Design at the Arts Centre College Of Design, California, Sarah has come to India with her crew, to do her thesis on adoption. “Since I am adopted, I feel very strongly about adoption. I always wanted to know about my birth-country, its people, its heritage and the process of adoption over here. My family has been very supportive,” says Sarah.

She has taken the viewpoints of high court judges in India, some of whom are against, while others, for adoption. Sarah has been visiting Orphanages in Mumbai like Bal Vikas at Malad, Shraddhanand and Manav Seva Sangh at Sion and recently she visited Bal Anand at Chembur. “It feels very nice to talk to the social workers and know about their perspective towards adoption. Even the kids are very nice to talk to. Their drawings will feature in my process-book.”

Inspite of having an Indian father, she knew very little about her birthplace, until she came here. Her mother always wanted her to be in touch with Jaisita Panigrahi, head of Bal Vikas Orphanage, who escorted her to Denmark when she was six months old. “She is like an Indian mother to me. I have grown up talking to her on the phone and she had also visited me in Denmark. She has been a big support in this entire project.”

Initially, her family was a little apprehensive about her project, given that she is adopted and might get emotionally involved, however she has been very professional about it.

Her main mission is to create streamlined interventions for parents who are in the process of adoption. “AdOpt” is an ad campaign which she would use to bring awareness to local and international adoption in India, Denmark and the US (AdOpt = ADOPT as an OPTion). “I also plan to write a book on this and then come up with a trans-media system, if things work out.”

Ever since Sarah’s childhood, she has been quite inquisitive about her birthplace and her biological mother. “I know it is in no way possible to meet her. When I was about 13, I desperately wanted to know about her.

As I grew older, I used to get angry thinking about why she left me, but now I think she might have had her own reasons. However, I must say I am very lucky to have been adopted by a family like mine. I love them very much and they have stood by me in all my decisions,” cheers Sarah.

On being asked about how she feels about adoption, she enthusiastically says, “Adoption is a beautiful gift, even considering that there have been bad cases, I believe that each case has to be looked at individually. But I am all for adoption.” She further says that she too would like to adopt. She is quite upset with the local families who reject children based on their colour or looks. She brings to notice that internationally you need a more valid reason to reject a child, otherwise the agency might not let you adopt.

Having spent three months in India, talking about her experiences, she avers, “I love India and Indian people. I also love pani-puri. I don’t want this trip to get over.”

After returning home, Sarah will be involved with the post-production of the film. “Once I am done with all that, I plan to enter the documentary into all possible film festivals around the world. It is going to be very informative.”

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Møde med Indisk adoptiv par 

Today I met with the nice couple that also hosted the Lonavla BV yearly get together at their resort. Beautiful place as you all saw....out in the country, away from everything, just peace and quietness. I had such a great time speaking to all the parents and meeting their children especially the host. He was kind to invite my crew and myself for dinner to his house in Juhu, which is in the Mumbai area.

He and his wife had both agreed to sit down for an interview, as I was extremely curious once I heard that they actually could have biological children of their own but had chosen to adopt. Wow, I thought, this is out of the norm especially for an Indian family.

They informed me that they considered giving a child born into this world unwanted a chance in life was the greatest gift they could give themselves and the child. Normally I don’t like to think of adoption as a gift however this case is placed with the right heart and mind. Their son was absolutely adorable, and I must say that I enjoyed his company. He was full of life and energy as most children, happy and healthy.

The question of when to tell your child that he/she is adopted came up. I thought, that’s not something I should get involved with, but decided to voice my personal opinion. I strongly feel that it is of out most importance to inform your child about their heritage, past, etc at a young age so that they get the chance to grow up and ask all the questions that he/she may want to know more about. There is nothing like a huge secret especially if it comes from your parents, the ones you love and trust.

The question is, how to go about it. I know for a fact that there are many books out in the world, which deals with adoption and not being a product of your adoptive parents. It makes it all the more special for a child to know why their parents may be of a different ethnic race then them but there is no need to push the issue either. Kids are smart. Once they know, they will ask while growing up whatever it is they want to know. I know that while growing up I would ask about my biological parents especially my bio mom. My mom would tell me that she loved me very much therefore she gave me up so that I could be apart of their family etc. As I grew older more information was shared though it’s not a lot. My parents never believed in keeping anything from me, but at the same time always felt that there is a time and age for everything. I have always known that I was adopted, how could I not. My mom has blonde hair and green eyes and though my father is Indian, it still did not make sense that I only looked like one of them.

I will talk more about this topic in my book, but to end on a good note. To all adoptive parents, I personally feel that it is of most importance to inform your children that they are adopted at an early age. If they want to know more, they’ll ask you. It does not make them love you any less and though some are worried that their kids may say “well you are not my real mom” when they get angry with you or do not get your way, don’t take it to heart one bit. Instead talk to them about how it hurts you if and when they say that.

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