“I was in a basket with a blanket on the porch of the adoption agency,” said Maya Messinger, a sophomore at Ann Richards. Maya was born in China, and at fourteen months was adopted by her now parents.
“I was fourteen months old, but it takes forever to fill out adoption papers, so I think they’d been applying since before I was born, and I just happened to be the person they got assigned.”
When Maya found out that she was adopted, it wasn’t really a surprise. “It was never really a secret. I’m Chinese and they’re white, so it’s kind of hard to think ‘Why don’t I look like you?'” They even have an adoption binder that the orphanage gave them. It has the letter that was left with me when I was left on the porch door step.”
Leah Sherman has a similar story as to what it’s like being adopted.
When asked if she would try to find her biological parents, she responded with, “I’ve thought about it, but I mean it’s really impossible.”
Leah was most likely adopted because of China’s one-child policy. “It was illegal to abandon kids. If you have a kid, you have to take care of it,” she said, “The thing is, if you had a girl, it’s so hard to have the girl be successful. The thing about a Chinese families structure is that the guy supports the family. So if you have a girl you let it go so you can try again for a boy. People even with the one child policy would have more kids, because they were trying for the boy.”
Sai Hunsucker-Pollack, an eighth grader at Ann Richards, was adopted at the ripe age of twenty hours old. Unlike Maya or Leah, Sai’s parents told her she was adopted at the age of six.
“It was probably six, five or six. I kind of figured it out, because I realized, so my dad’s Asian, and my mom’s white, so there is no way a black baby would have happened. It was awkward at first. Really I didn’t know what to think at first, since I was really young, and I didn’t really know how to process it.”
Sai is living with her adopted parents, and has another younger biological brother that lives with her. Even though she has another biological brother that is living with her, she has six other biological siblings that she knows of living with her biological parents.
“Yeah, he’s my biological brother. With my biological parents I have six other siblings. The six other siblings live in Arkansas with my biological parents, but it’s just me and my little brother who live here.”
“My parents decided they had too many kids, and they didn’t have a lot of money, so they decided they couldn’t take care of any more kids.”
Sai is eager to meet her other biological parents. “I’m supposed to be much older when I can officially get to meet them. I’ve never really meet them, I’ve only talked to them via email.”
“I haven’t talked to my siblings, only my parents. But I’ve seen pictures. It’s really cool,” answered Sai, referring to her biological siblings.
Sai has strange encounters when she goes out with her parents. “Whenever I go somewhere with my mom, people think that I’m biracial, and that maybe my dad is black. But whenever I go out with my dad, people think well maybe she’s Asian, but my dad is from Thailand.”
When I asked the girls if they would ever consider adopting almost all of them replied with they didn’t know, or they would be open to the idea of adoption. Leah responded with “I don’t know about you, but after that birth video, it was kind of gross before, it’s really gross now, but that’s okay I’m obviously pro adoption,” referring to a biology birth video.