DNAConnect.Org is a service
being provided by Research-China.Org,
a well-established organization that has been researching information
about China adoptions since 2001. Its founder, Brian H. Stuy, has
a mission to provide as much information as possible to China-adopted
children about their birth stories and histories. DNAConnect.Org is
his new venture to assist adoptive families, adopted children, and
birth families in finding their DNA matches, whether it happens in
two months or twenty years.
Our Board of Directors
DNAConnect.Org has four board members who serve as a "sounding
board," ensure the transparency of funds, provide outreach assistance,
and assist with policy decisions:
• Dana Cleary
Dana Cleary and her husband adopted their daughter from the Huazhou
orphanage in Guangdong Province, China. Dana believes that children
adopted from China have many gatekeepers standing between them and
their family history, including the orphanages and adoption agencies.
DNA testing will help narrow down the search and circumvent the gatekeepers.
Dana lives in California.
• Ming Foxweldon
Ming Foxweldon is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont.
She majored in Chinese Language and minored in Anthropology. She has
an interest in languages for a variety of reasons, including her desire
to connect with her roots in China and to be able to communicate easier
with others. Adopted from Kunming, Yunnan, in 1994, Ming is considered
one of the first adoptees since the boom of international adoptions
in the USA. In her junior year of college she returned to China and
for six months studied in the city from which she was adopted. She
returned to China a second time this year.
Ming is very active in the Chinese adoptee
community. She moderates a Yahoo Adoptee Search Group which formed
after she sought her biological family in 2011 while abroad. Ming
brings a vital adoptee perspective to DNAConnect.Org.
• Rose Duhaime
Rose and her husband have four children: 2 biological kids in college
and 2 adopted from China: Angelina from Huazhou, Guangdong, and Logan
from Wuhan, Hubei. From the day Rose was matched with her first child,
she knew she would search for her children's birth families. Rose
knows many domestic adult adoptees interested in searching for birth
family, but most fear hurting their adoptive parents. Several said
they would wait until their adoptive parents are deceased to begin
Rose understands that adoptees feel it might
divide loyalties if they found birth parents, but she wanted her children
to feel they could search. She could give them permission in a very
obvious way: She would keep the trail from getting cold. Rose is very
excited about DNAConnect.Org because she has met dozens of Chinese
birth parents in her searching who are searching for their children.
These parents just want to know what happened to their children, and
maybe see a photo. For their great loss and her huge gain, Rose feels
the least she can do is to give them an avenue to search.
• Regina Pollock
Gina is the mother of three children, one adopted internationally
from Lithuania in 2006. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology
and earned her juris doctorate from the Dickinson (PA) School of Law
in 1988. In addition to practicing law, Gina has taught in both public
and private schools. She is a founding member of the Lithuanian Adoptive
Parents Association (LAPAS); was the Internet and Orphanage Support
Chairperson for Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA-PA);
and was a founding member of Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR),
serving its board until she retired in 2013. She also serves as a
moderator for numerous online adoption support groups.
Gina currently owns a used bookstore and
enjoys a quieter life, but she continues to be a strong advocate for
adoption education and reform.