Why I created ‘I’m Adopted’ and why I’m helping adoptees connect

This is more of a personal note rather than a story about my adoption. I was born in Arkhangelsk, Russia and adopted when I was two years old. Many of you know my story already as you might have seen my documentaries from my YouTube here or read some of my Books online.

I was adopted when I was two years old and was raised in the small town of Whangarei. I didn’t know anything about my birth parents. Only their names on paper. Throughout my childhood I was already interested in knowing about my birth parents. It was always an interest to me. I just wanted to make that connection.

In 2013 I decided to search for my birth parents using Social media. I had moved to Auckland by this stage but I was 21 years old and I decided I was ready to search for them. I was able to find information on my birth mother and then my birth father. He in fact didn’t know I was around so when I contacted him for the first time in 2013 he was quite shocked to know that he had a son in New Zealand.

I created I’m Adopted in August 2015. Since I have started the project I have been able to help many around the world connect. Through my own personal searches I have done for people and for the help with the community. People have been able to share their stories and they have been able to find their birth families. It’s incredible to see how the power of social has helped so many people. I run the project myself and it’s not funded. It is all maintained by myself. I have trustees and ambassadors who play a huge role with this project who have done an incredible job with translations and editing stories for the project. Along with the incredible people who have gone out there to help find families. Thank you.

I want to help people connect because I believe it is important. I believe that adopted people around the world should have the right to know who their birth families are. Even just knowing that they are out there is always a first step. Just to make that connection I believe is important. Knowing where you come from and knowing how your life started. Of course there is always other sides to stories and stories that we might wish that we never found out about. I understand this. My birth mother Tatiana who I traced in 2013 is an example of this. I struggle to keep a strong relationship with her, in fact any relationship at all. I have thanked her though many times for her accepting me to make that connection with me in 2013.

This project is important and the stories have been incredible since the organisation has started. We now have this project in English, Spanish, Russian and Romanian with the help of the editors and translators worldwide.

I thank each and everyone of you for making I’m Adopted a reality. – Alex Gilbert