Element #13 - Carmen Campbell

Carmen Campbell - she/her(s) - Adoptee

Instagram: @carmencampbell_

TikTok: @theadoptedchapina

Special date: May 8th - Adoption Day: It was the day that I came to have a family.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Carmen. I am a transracial adoptee from Guatemala. Currently I’m about to start my third year student at Michigan State University. My major is Human Development and Family Studies and I am minoring in Spanish.

How are you impacted by adoption?

I was adopted from Guatemala at the age of 6 months.

What is the biggest challenge you faced related to adoption?

My sense of identity has definitely been impacted by adoption. As you grow up you have the typical non adopted related issues like figuring out who you’re going to become. However with adoption there is even more you start questioning who you are. For me I started questioning where I belonged in society. I never really understood my culture so I thought I shouldn’t do this because I’m not entirely that. I didn’t know where I felt comfortable in this world. I am Latina but I grew up in white family. Who am I?

What do you wish people knew about adoption?

I wish people were more aware of what adoption can do to the adoptee. In particular ones that are more quiet. Yes we all know the positives but that the negatives were more out in public for adoptive families to be prepared for what my happen. With this adoptive families can look out for any behavior that may be different. In cases the adoptee may not approach the family, but they can be prepared for what to do in a situation.