RESEARCH OF ORIGINS

Overall Presentation

Preamble

Every adopted child has a very particular story, because it is composed of two periods of life : the pre-adoptive and post-adoptive period.
For the most part, adopted children do not know about their story before they were adopted and may, consciously or unconsciously, ask legitimate questions.

  • Who am I ?
  • Where do I come from ?
  • Why was I adopted ?
  • Who are my biological parents ?
  • How do they look ?
  • Do I have brothers and sisters ?

Not being able to answer these questions can result in discomfort, embarrassment or even angst that an adoptee may feel at any time in their life, and the need to know their story may appear.

United States

Spain

Italy

France

Other countries

Number of children adopted in Russia by host country between 2003 and 2021

Data from the Ministry of Education of Russia and from Usynovite

“I was born in Nizhny Novgorod, 400 km east of Moscow, and I lived in this city before being adopted by my French family at the age of 5. Today, I live in Paris, but I regularly return to Russia. I write and speak fluently French, English and of course Russian, which allows me to maintain a strong link with my homeland.

In 2021, I started a search for my origins and, even if it was not always easy, I could find members of my biological family. They have shown me photos of my mother and have told me more about my birth family; I was able to find my biological father too. Now, I feel peaceful and fulfilled because I finally could fill a gap in my story.

Fortified by this experience and contacts, now I would like to help other adoptees from Russia in the quest for their origins.”

Pavel Closson