I have a history with adoption in my family and am close to both an adopted cousin and my sister who is a birth mother. My cousin is Korean, and I have fond memories of spending summers with her and her siblings. I remember this relationship inspired me to learn about Korean culture and do a report and presentation when I was in elementary school. My sister, actually my step sister, has a daughter that was adopted. Although they went through the adoption process before I knew her, I have witnessed the long term results of placing a child for adoption. I believe these close family members have imparted a better understanding and great respect for both sides of the adoption process and how these relationships develop over the years.