New Zealand Representative
Alex Kuch was adopted at the age of 2 years old from Romania in 1997 by German parents. Alex currently lives in New Zealand (NZ) and is in the process of finishing his major in International Relations and Politics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He aspires to work in the area of children’s rights.
Alex believes adoption can be a positive experience when done openly and honestly, with current best practices, adhering to The Hague Adoption Convention and The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. He also strongly believes adoptive parents need to be educated on the challenges that adopted individuals are most likely to experience. In addition, his positive adoptive experience has shaped his views and strongly believes everyone’s adoptive experience shapes their views, which he respects.
Alex is an Ambassador and board director for I’m Adopted, a non-profit that helps adopted people find their birth family, provides them with adoption resources and believes adoption can have a positive impact on a person’s life if the right steps and practices are taken, as explained above.
Some of his achievements include attending the Global Changemakers Forum in Switzerland in July 2017 (one of 60 chosen participants out of four thousand applicants); featuring in Toastmasters International Magazine, published in 143 different countries and 7 languages, which also included senior executive members from the FBI; Alex is one of the youngest people globally to have been a nominated and successfully won as New Zealand finalist for the Rotary Peace Fellowship; lastly, Alex had the honour of meeting the President of Ireland and of Germany, Michael D. Higgins and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, respectively.
In 2018, Alex aims to publish his autobiography The Adventures of Alex, a memoir about his life and the focus of his adoption advocacy work. To see more about Alex’s adoption work see www.alexkuch.com and I’m Adopted https://imadopted.org/