My name is Brooke and my name is Buddhika.
I am a Sri Lankan-Australian intercountry adoptee who recently reunited with her maternal birth family. I spent 6 weeks in Sri Lanka before I was adopted in 1983, spending the majority of my life in Australia.
I am a wife, mother, sister, lawyer and according to various versions of the Myer-Briggs psychology test, I am an ENFJ personality type :-). I am a daughter…to more than two people. I love my adoptive and biological families in no particular order. While I have many good things in my life, I do not like being adopted and I wish I did not know the adoptee experience first-hand. One of my favourite things to do is to sit in the sun and read a good book.
I am also a parent of an Australian-born, half Sri Lankan and half Latino little boy and I am working on opportunities for him to enjoy all three of his cultures.
Before studying to become a lawyer, I completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), with an Honours thesis in social psychology. I also studied the sociology of culture, identity and youth. Aside from law, my work life has included lots of project work and data analysis.
I am for the rights of all kind people* no matter what their race, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, wealth status or choice in music ;-).
About my views
I am also probably the LEAST LIKELY PERSON in the world to start a blog. But I have done it. If you want to know why, see Why I Started This Blog.
There are a lot of great articles out there. Therefore, I don’t see any point in ‘reinventing the wheel’. I will link to these articles and you will probably find it useful to check them out so you can understand why I am saying the things that I am saying.
I am not for or against adoption, but I advocate for the rights of adoptees and I do believe that (excluding any cases of family violence) adoption should be an option of absolute last resort; all efforts should be made to preserve the original biological family.
Connect with me
I love connecting with people. If you are an adoptee, someone interested in the adoptee or reunion experience or a parent of multicultural kids, I’d love to chat with you. You can contact me here.
To me, this blog is about awareness, being authentic and advocacy.
*Kind people = people who treat living beings with kindness.
#Ayubowan is a Sinhala expression which is used as a greeting and means that you wish the other person a ‘long life’.