My name is Darrol Hanush and I was adopted out of Foster Care when I was 5 years old (Foster Care Adoptee). I grew up in the SF Bay area – Santa Clara, CA.
My race is Black / Asian (Chinese) or sometimes we would say “Chigra”. I have a brother who is biological to my adoptive parents and two sisters. One of my sisters is also adopted – from Korea. I grew up in a German (White) Mennonite home. I have been reunited, so my birth parents are Black (father) and my mother is Chinese. I have two brothers and a sister on my father’s side and I have a brother and sister on my mother’s side. I also have two grand children.
My current professional/educational background is I went to high school then went into the military and finished out in Bible Seminary College where I currently serve in the hospitality area of my church which includes managing and welcoming guests of all kinds for various speaking and special events that the church plans and organizes.
Probably the most unique thing about me is that I love to serve people and it really just comes natural in giving the best treatment to any guest that may visit wherever I may be. Because I was born premature – I have always fought and have a heart for the under dog.
I currently live in Evergreen, South San Jose, CA. The way I feel about my adoption experience is that it was a good thing and I don’t regret anything about being adopted. I was reunited with my birth parents, so I have the best of both worlds now – Although, it’s kind of surreal, because I have an immediate bond with my birth parents – yet I really don’t know them. I can see my physical traits and some even gestures that I never would see with my foster care or adoptive parents.
What I feel how I am giving back to the community is through my church and I really have a passion for mentoring young people. I would also like to do more with the AIDS community…For some reason, I just have a real heart for that community and I would like to get more involved.
I just Thank God for the families I have been given and I hope that through my involvement with the Mixed Roots Foundation that we can educate people to not adopt just for the money, because in the end – everyone just becomes another number -like I almost did!