Taiwan-born Australian woman searches for birth parents, family
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Taiwan-born Australian woman, who was adopted by an Australian couple when she was 6 weeks old, is now searching for her birth parents and family in Taiwan.
January 3, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The woman, named Kimbra Smith, told CNA via email that she is curious about her family and the story of why she was given up.
Since deciding about a year ago to search for her birth family, the 32-year-old described finding her family in Taiwan as her “number one desire” because of her interest in her heritage.
Married with four children, Smith said that she wanted her family to be able to meet her birth family.
“Many of the people around them are not of Asian heritage and I would love to be able to find out more about my culture and share it with them,” she said.
Smith said she was one of the many babies who were put up for adoption illegally by agents in Taiwan in the 1980s and found homes in Australia, Sweden and the United States.
Encouraged by Jade Heffernan, a Taiwan-born woman sent to Australia for adoption who has successfully found her birth mother in Taiwan, Smith said she has also contacted police in Taiwan to look for her Taiwanese family.
Brought up by an Australian couple, Smith said she has not visited Taiwan again since her adoption.
“I am very interested in returning sometime in my life. Of course, it will be much sooner if I find my birth family though,” said Smith, who has lived in South Australia most of her life.
Smith also said her Australian parents have been supportive of her decision to find her birth family.
“They would like to come over to Taiwan with me and meet them if we find them,” she said.
Asked about the issue, Taiwan's National Police Agency said they have been working on the case but have yet to make any progress.