Adoption: The Making of Me. An Oral History of Adoptee Stories

Kate: An International Adoptee Struggles to Bond

May 23, 2023 Louise Browne & Sarah Reinhardt Season 3 Episode 26
Adoption: The Making of Me. An Oral History of Adoptee Stories
Kate: An International Adoptee Struggles to Bond
Show Notes

Kate Betancourt was born in 1978 in Bogotá Colombia. She spent three months in the hospital after her Mother left, after her birth. Kate was transferred to an orphanage where she stayed until her adoption by an American couple at six months old. 

Kate grew up in Michigan with one younger sibling biological to her adoptive parents. Growing up a Transracial adoptee in a mostly white area had its issues.  Kate knew she was adopted and struggled with bonding with her adoptive parents, feeling lonely and flawed. Kate dealt with childhood sexual abuse. As a teen Kate was dealing with depression and self-destructive behavior , identity issues and low self worth and is thankful she made it out of that period alive.

With a need to see and know her mother and origins since she was five, Kate has been tirelessly searching for thirty-one years for her family in Colombia - over that time she has learned the process and now helps others search. Kate has always loved working with children and currently works in Mental Health. Kate has a passion for being there to support other children or adolescences who are where she was and to show them they are not flawed and to have worth, and that what they feel is valid.  She also works as a Certified Adoptee life coach, consultant and mentor.

Katie has made some close connections recently from a DNA test, but the family as of now is hesitant to help. Her search continues.

To contact Kate if you need help with your search:

To learn more about searching in Colombia, click here.

Also in this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Megan Culhane Galbraith’s “The Guild of The Infant Saviour”.

Joe Soll & other adoptee resources

"The Guild of the Infant Saviour" by Megan Culhane Galbraith

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