Filipino Adoptees Network

The Filipino Adoptees Network (FAN) cyber community was conceptualized by two Filipinas because of the lack of supportive websites for adoptees. Thanks to the internet, Lorial Crowder and Sharon Cuartero were reunited in 2003 after a decade of no communication. By happenstance, both wanted to develop a website for fellow adoptees from the Philippines – to speak out and share our experiences, network with other adoptees, and provide a one-stop resource portal to learn about the rich culture of the Philippines and Filipino communities in the United States and elsewhere. The FAN website was created to provide the online community that was not available to older adoptees as we were growing up; and to be a support network to adoptees as they venture to cope, understand, share and celebrate their adoption.

FAN was launched in January 2005 as the first web-based organization to provide support, resources, and a networking system for Filipino adoptees, their families, and the international adoption community. The organization was conceived in response to the lack of post-adoption resources for children and adults adopted from the Philippines and with Filipino heritage. In January 2005, FAN was successfully launched, which contains news articles, adoptee stories, and resource links. In addition to being a vital, internationally accessible resource and networking portal, FAN is a community of advocates.


The Filipino Adoptees Network (F.A.N) is a global organization dedicated to supporting, educating and promoting cultural awareness on adoption issues and preserving Filipino heritage.

We will accomplish the mission and initiatives by:

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FAN in the News:

New York Daily News – January 2005 – A Place to Call Home: A Generation of Adopted has Paved the Road for the Next by Rebecca Luie. Filipinas Magazine – November 2005 - Unfinished Lives by Lisa Macasco. Post Adoption Center for Education and Research Newsletter – Spring 2006 – Adoptees Contribute their Stories at International Adoptee Conference in the Philippines by Lorial Crowder and Mark Kunkel. New Haven Register (CT) – April 2007 - After the Adoption, support group helps with adaption. By Ann DiMatteo. Adoptive Families Magazine April 2009 bringingheritageHome by Rebecca Klein. Thank you to Kenny for redesigning the FAN site! and to our sponsor :


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Search and Reunion

As adoptees we ask questions about our heritage; our identity before we joined our other families. The Back to Our Roots section encourages adoptees to explore the fascinating (and often tragic) history and rich culture of the Philippines, to educate oneself about the heritage that runs in your blood; something that is never too late for any adoptee to begin. This section will offer media articles, web links and resources to start you off or even continue your journey to learn about the Philippines.

It is equally important for adoptive parents to have an awareness and comprehension about the country that the children they brought into their families is from.

“Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa nakaraan, ay hindi makakarating sa patutunguhan” is loosely translated as, “He who does not look back at his past will not be able to reach his destination.” This quote originates from the motherland and resonates with many of us of the importance to educate ourselves of our roots.

Post Adoption Services

FAN has assisted dozens of adoptees and families who have inquired about search and reunion. Through the Network we’ve connected with adult adoptees who have begun their search and a handful who have successfully reunited with their birth family. Our close partnership with the Intercountry Adoption Board has also provided needed assistance.

Feel free mail info@filipino-adoptees-network if you have an inquiries.

Before you decide to contact ICAB, the following information will be very helpful. It can be found on your birth certificate or the case study conducted before your adoption.

The Intercountry Adoption Board oversees all international (and domestic) adoptions and also has a team that provides post adoption services to assist you in your search. You can request for your original birth certificate and adoption records although if you were privately adopted prior to the 1980′s there is no guarantee of such records.



A. Search process: The intent to search may be allowed only upon the personal request made by either the adult adoptee, adopter or the biological parent/s. Minors who are interested to search for his/her biological parent/s shall be represented by his/her adoptive parents. The request must be made in writing by whoever intends to trace his/her roots to the Executive Director of the Inter-Country Adoption Board. Assess and determine the motivations and preparedness of the individual to pursue the search. Identifying information e.g., names, address, personal background etc. may be shared only between and among the adult adoptee, adoptive parents and his/her birth parents and only of they give their written consent. Non-identifying information e.g., medical records circumstances which lead to the adoption of child but not necessarily divulging the identity of concerned individual etc. may be made available to both adoptive parents/s and birth parents and the adoptee under 18 years old. The use of tri-media. B. Meeting/Reunion:

Approval/Consent from the birth parents, adoptive parents and the adoptee must be secured before contact and/or reunion with each other can be arranged.] When reunion is decided, preparations of all concerned must be carefully planned to avoid any possible negative experience. The social worker must also consider the decision and the readiness of the adoptee and the biological parent/s on whether to involve the significant person/s in their present lives. The timing of any approach to family members is very critical and incredibly important at this point. The social worker must be aware of the impact on all parties desiring contact. He/She must be able to offer a mediating approach to support people at this time, and to try and negotiate and agreeable outcome for all concerned, while at the same time providing support the process. The birth parent/s and the adoptee must be given time and space to arrive at a decision at how their lives will move on after the reunion.

Excerpts from the petition.

“Joao Herbert was adopted from Brazil at the age of eight by a family in Ohio. A charge for attempting to sell marijuana, although a first offense, landed him in immigration detention, after which he was deported to Brazil in 2000. Joao Herbert was murdered in Brazil in May 2004.”

“Korean adoptee Matthew Scherer learned he lacked citizenship when he applied for a U.S. passport. He subsequently obtained permanent resident status, but upon traveling to Korea was identified by the Korean government by his original Korean name and now is blocked by Korean law from returning to the U.S. and threatened with conscription into the Korean army.”

“Jennifer Haynes was adopted at eight from India and sexually abused by her adoptive father, after which she passed through 50 foster homes on her way to adulthood. Married to a U.S. citizen and mother of two young children, Haynes was nonetheless deported to India in 2008.”

“Adopted as a toddler from Thailand in 1979 by a family in Florida, John Gaul completed a sentence for theft and check fraud in 1996 after the new immigration law went into effect. A judge was prevented under the new law from acknowledging adoption as an extenuating circumstance, and he was deported toThailand in 1999.”

“Tatiana Mitrohina was born in Russia in 1978 with physical deformities that led to her adoption at fourteen to California. She suffered from childhood-related PTSD and postpartum depression. Following a charge of abuse of her son, the court recommended counseling and medication, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement have detained her in preparation for deportation.”