Element #22 - Téa Tamburo

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Téa Tamburo - she/her(s) - Adoptee

Instagram - @teatyt11 @girls.adoption.connect

Special date: Birthday (11/28/04)

Who are you and what do you do?

I was adopted from Hunan, Changsha China in 2005 and moved to Chicago, IL. I founded Girls Adoption Connect to connect adoptees since I have spent most of my life knowing no one else that was also adopted.

How are you impacted by adoption?

I do a lot of work focused around diversity and inclusion. So one of the areas of diversity that I’m focusing on is bringing adoptees into the discussion and thinking about “adoptee” as an identifier.

What is the biggest challenge you faced related to adoption?

I’ve grown up knowing I was adopted, but knowing is different than actually accepting and acknowledging. I spent many years not wanting to think about my adoption and just shut out that side of myself. The hardest part was learning to embrace that identity.

What do you wish people knew about adoption?

I really just wish people knew that adoption is a sensitive topic. Every adoptee feels differently about sharing their story, but just know that it’s a very personal and sensitive topic. Do not pry!

What have you done to support the adoption community?

I founded Girls Adoption Connect, spoke in interviews and panels for other adoption groups, written a journalism column about self identity and advocate for adoptees’ voices and perspectives to be heard in talks about diversity, equity and inclusion.

How has your opinion about adoption changed as you got older?

As I’ve grown, I have been able to better process and understand my adoption and embrace that part of myself. When I was younger, I didn’t really understand what being adopted fully meant, so I didn’t really think much of my adoption journey. When I thought about it, I thought of it as something that made me different, in a bad way. So as I’ve matured, I really started to embrace that part of myself and see it as an opportunity to be part of another community.

What has helped/supported you through learning your adoption story?

Just connecting with other adoptees and being given opportunities to openly share our true thoughts and feelings about our adoption.

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