She did it all, she explained, because of the guilt. Chae had told her many times that she felt no anger, no sense of abandonment. But Moon Ja said she had one motivation: "I keep asking myself since arriving, What can I do for Chae to make this time here worthwhile?"

Moon Ja went home in mid-February. Chae and Greg plan to travel to Korea every couple of years, and Chae still talks to her sisters almost daily on video chat. She's gotten good at cooking Korean, especially bulgogi, and the sisters are trying to teach each other their languages.

Greg, Chae, baby Hadley, and Moon Ja in their Miami Shores home.
George Martinez
Greg, Chae, baby Hadley, and Moon Ja in their Miami Shores home.
Chae never figured on finding her family, so she and husband Greg took in the sights, including a traditional wedding service at Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Courtesy of Chae Haile
Chae never figured on finding her family, so she and husband Greg took in the sights, including a traditional wedding service at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Greg says Chae has changed. He isn't sure what exactly is different, perhaps a sense of security. Maybe that's what comes when you find out who you are.

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draven512
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I am looking for information regarding the charity that flies adoptees back to Korea to find their birth families, or see their birth home. Can anyone help me??? My mother in law was in an orphanage in Seoul, Korea in 1958 and has no information at all regarding her birth family. I would like to know if the charity organization is still around!

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The writer of this story sadly misses a wonderful opportunity to point out what an amazing mother the "white woman from South Dakota" must have been. She raised Chae as a single mother and saw to it that her daughter obtained a Master's Degree from NYU. If I were the "white woman from South Dakota" I couldn't help but be saddened by the passing reference.

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The last line of this article is what i would like to comment on.... This is a wonderful story but many Americans do not know that Adopted people in America do not have access to who they are... Our original(yes we have two ) birth certificates are sealed and we are denied access to them... We pay taxes, we vote, we have children, we participate in his society an yet we are treated like perpetual children without rights. I am a mother of four and would like to "know who i am" and have my medical history but the state of Florida denies me that access daily.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

This story will make you cry

home is where you make it

Holly LaClair-Bogedain
Holly LaClair-Bogedain

Love this article! My three children were adopted through KSS. I sat in that very nursery pictured in the article playing with my son. I hope my children can go back as adults someday. I hope that KSS is still there - they closed their adoption program in 2011 shortly after we came home.

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@draven512 Look me up on LinkedIn and send me a message through there. I can give you information about the organization I went with in the article. Chae Haile

 
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