The identity quest reflects the need to know our true story. Why did this separation take place ? How did I land in my adoptive country ? Do my biologic siblings know I exist ? What are the possible ways to get closer to my story ?
Adopted through a nursery, a convent, a hospital, an association or a private network, the access to our origins is very limited. Indeed, our pre- and post-adoption records often include borrowed biological parents names, approximate birth dates, inaccessible archiving places and intermediaries still hesitant to disclose information.
This reality is the mirror of the adoptions that took place in Lebanon from the 1960s until today. It is why we have decided to offer several ways of support : soothe the unspoken, recognize the separation from the biological family and from the homeland culture, share our different journeys, advise and support extensive research if desired.
All born and adopted from Lebanon, we live in countries that had special relations with our country before and after the "Great War." From France, Switzerland United States, Holland and beyond, we met in Beirut. The idea of gathering and uniting those of us who have been scattered throughout the world through international adoption becomes a priority.
"Children of the Cedars" motivates and allows exchanges between adopted people. The association also organizes trips to the home country.
"Les adoptes du Liban" exchanges contacts and facilitates research of biological families as part of a closed circle respecting the biological mother and the person concerned.
Daniel Drennan, adopted from Lebanon, is a key speaker on intercountry adoption.
"Badael-alternatives" is an NGO which campaigns for the right to know one's origin and the reform of the child policy care system.
Since we met, we exchange. Which nursery ? Which hospital ? Which lawyer ? Which year? Sharing our stories is fundamental because it encourages us to finally speak out: Let us be neither weary nor ashamed.
Keyword: mutual aid.
Lebanon's system of adoption is monolithic. There is, then, no legal and organized system to access to our origins.
Mutual aid and discretion are the angles where we naturally act in our specific context. It is essential to share information between us and for us, without focusing on the media, without wearing an accusing judgment on institutions, remaining vigilant about associations, organizations or individuals with their own agendas.
An identity quest can take a lifetime. Some people prefer not to talk about it. Others need to speak out. Whatever the stage and the desire of your quest, we propose a specific complementary private welcome and listening to your own passway. Undertaking a search for identity can be as interesting as it is emotionally tiring. Our team can help with needs and potential accompaniments, but also with the outside outside: specialists, psychiatrists, lawyers, translators ... A specific partnership with Espace-Adoption allows us to benefit from an official service already referenced and specialized.