Joey is a young twenty-something-millennial who currently lives in San Jose, California USA.
He was recently a behavior coach for elementary students at a public school in an underserved community in San Jose. He also tutored high school students in college preparatory tests like the SAT and ACT. Currently, Joey is focusing on writing and combining various opportunities to be involved in the adoptee community.
Joey took part in an adoptee panel for the California Adoption Conference in March 2018 and is currently a board member of a local bay area grassroots adoptee organization called PACER, an adoption alliance. He also wrote a lengthy piece for the website Dear Adoption, an adoptee and foster care platform. Joey also shared his personal journey here at ICAV in the past.
Joey was born in Xi’an, China and was in both a state run orphanage and a Christian missionary orphanage until about the age of 3 when he was adopted by a Caucasian family from the Midwest state of Wisconsin. He went to a small liberal arts college in Lookout Mountain, Georgia and was awarded a Bachelors of Arts in Community Development. During the summer between his junior and senior year, he completed a research internship in the Philippines working with an organization that focuses on rehabilitative work for the homeless population in Manila.
After college, Joey moved out to San Jose, California where he was a part of an organization called Servant Partners that mentors young adults interested in urban city development by living in underserved communities and building relationships with neighbors. He participated in a program that assists residents of the neighborhood in having access to social capital and resources necessary to pursuing their dreams and goals for themselves. He has also worked as a community training instructor for adults with developmental disabilities, aiding them in applying for jobs, building soft skills necessary for jobs, and developing healthy habits for sustainable living.
Joey is passionate about adoptee advocacy and in creating greater awareness regarding the issues that are pertinent to adoptees from all over the world. He hopes to bring more nuance, complexity and understanding of the issues at hand and expand the possibilities of what adoptee advocacy could be.