South Korean Adoption Story

Letter to my birth mother

6th June, 2016

To my birth mother

My name is Maree van Aken and if you are reading this letter, then you must be my birth mother.

It feels strange to introduce myself to you – I am now 29 years old (as of today) and living in London – I have a good job and was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams. I have a very close relationship with my parents who are still lovingly together after 30 years of marriage. My mother is English and my father Dutch – we lived in Australia for 11 years then moved to Japan for 2 years, Holland for 6 years and now we all live in England. I studied Biomedical Science at a good university followed by a Masters in International Business. I love sports, food, and travelling.

I am moving to Seoul in July for a few months to experience South Korea and explore more about my lost culture. Which is why I wanted to reach out to you. It would be wonderful to be able to meet you and say thank you in person although I am aware that your circumstances now may make this difficult. I want to let you know that I am here and willing should you ever wish to meet, or even just to get in touch and write back. I would love to see and have a photo of you. Above all, I would just like to know that you are out there happy and content with life – that would give me great reassurance.

I want to thank you for giving me up for adoption and hope you look back on it as a decision that was best for the both of us. I sincerely hope that you live with no regrets; that you have found peace and happiness as I have. I pray that you are well and hopefully have a happy family of your own. If there is anything that I want you to take from this letter is that I am safe, healthy and above all happy. I hope to hear from you but if not I wish you nothing but love and happiness in life and I want to thank you for what has been an amazing and privileged life.

All my love,

Maree