I don’t consider myself a blogger. In fact, I’m not very good at writing. I’m not good with words. I always hated English class and was never good at it. So you ask, why do I have a blog? Good question. I ask myself this same thing. Who is actually going to read my blog? Who actually cares what I have to say? I’m not a celebrity. I’m not famous. I’m your average person.

Over the years I’ve learned that everyone has a voice and that every voice matters. Wether we agree or disagree, your voice and my voice are important. The beauty of being human is being diverse in our beliefs, journeys, stories, thoughts, and lives. I believe that when we begin to listen to the voices of those around us, we gain a deeper and richer meaning of life. We can begin to get beyond the surface of a person and begin to see the heart of the individual. We can begin to learn from one another. My hope is that you can learn from me, and in return, I can learn from you.

Emma Bykerk


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  1. Hello,

    I hope this message finds you well. My name is Katie Green and am an adoptee (bi-racial, transracial adoption). I was just introduced to your blog and hope you won’t mind me reaching out like this. I am student at Smith College School for Social Work and am conducting a study in partial completion of my master’s in social work (MSW). I am writing with hopes you might be interested in participating in my study, which seeks to answer the question “does the experience of being adopted affect an adoptee’s decision to start a family?”

    I’m looking to interview adult adoptees who are either contemplating parenthood or who are already parents about their personal adoption narratives in order to observe if their experiences are related to their considerations of starting a family.

    Interviews will last approximately 60 minutes. Participation criteria includes: 1) Adopted as an infant (age 0-1), 2) Be 18 or older and 3) Thinking of starting a family (or not) or be a parent already.

    If you might be interested – that’s great – thank you! Please touch base with me via email or phone and we can talk about the next steps. My email address is kgreen@smith.edu and my telephone number is (484) 800-1569.

    Or, if you personally aren’t interested but you know of someone who fits the bill, pretty please share this message.

    Katie Green, Graduate Student

    This study protocol has been reviewed and approved by the Smith College School for Social Work Human Subjects Review Committee (HSRC).

    1. I just read your message on my blog. Sadly, I was not adopted as an infant. I was adopted when I was 2.5 years old. I may know some people that I can ask if you still need people. I’m not sure if they will be able to do it though. I can give them your info if you are interested and copy the message above to them.

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