The Power of Connection – Ohio Adoptees Continue the Journey...

Jan 23, 2016 by

March 20, 2015 was a cool, rainy day in Columbus, Ohio. Umbrellas in hand, hundreds adoptees and supporters gathered together in a downtown hotel lobby to march several blocks to the Bureau of Vital Statistics office to claim their long-awaited right to request their original birth record. The energy in the crowd during that march to the Vital Statistics office was incredible! Lots of chatter and emotion… everyone in the crowd knew this was a life-changing day. As adoptees waited in line for their turn to hand over a completed request form and $20 in exchange for a piece of paper that had, until today, been sealed —  they bonded. Some continued conversations that had begun the night before at the Opening Day Eve celebration hosted by Adoption Network Cleveland. Others talked with spouses,...

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Celebrate Ohio’s Success with Activism...

Mar 17, 2015 by

On a warm summer day in 1982, I took a day off work. Not to enjoy a day in the sun, but to make the drive to the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Columbus, Ohio to get a copy of my birth certificate. My ORIGINAL birth certificate. Thanks to an article in the local paper, I had learned just days before that I had a right to get a copy of the birth certificate that was issued at the time of my birth. As an adoptee, the only birth certificate I had ever laid eyes on contained the name of my adoptive parents. Until I read that article, I had no idea that all I had to do was make a request and that important piece of paper was mine. Because of that article,...

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Adoption and Truth — Adoptees #flipthescript for National Adoption Month...

Nov 9, 2014 by

I was born and placed for adoption in 1962. Right in the midst of what is known as the Baby Scoop Era. More babies per year were placed for adoption during that era (Post WWII through Roe v. Wade) than during any other time in history.   The sheer numbers of adoptees means that there are millions of adoptee voices that should be listened to now, in the twenty first century. We want to make sure the realities of adoption are understood when setting policy, by those who work in the adoption industry, by those considering placing a child for adoption, and by those considering adopting a child.   I am not anti-adoption. I believe that there will always be a need for adoption, in some circumstances. Not as a first choice. And not...

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For the Love of First Mothers

May 8, 2014 by

A few weeks ago, I packed my bags and headed  cross country to San Francisco to attend the annual conference of the American Adoption Congress.   Yep — four days of adoption-related keynotes, workshops, films and art.  And to beat it all, I shared a room with someone I had only talked with briefly on the phone.  Crazy, right?  Well, actually, no it wasn’t.  It was worth every bit of time, effort and money I spent to get there and back. Of course, I learned from the keynote speakers and from the workshops I attended.  had an opportunity to learn about efforts to open adoptee records in a growing number of states.  And the touching films shown in the evening made me cry.   I loved connecting with other writers.  The experience as a...

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Philomena and Adoption Reform (Yes, they are related)...

Mar 3, 2014 by

The Oscar-nominated movie, Philomena, has created a great deal of buzz. It isn’t often that the effects of adoption practices in the Baby Scoop Era are widely discussed outside of adoption circles. Philomena Lee (the original, not Judi Dench) is in the audience at the Oscars tonight — she even got a shout-out from host Ellen Degeneres!

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Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age: An Interview with Trace A. DeMeyer...

Jan 29, 2014 by

A new book on adoption reunions is available now on Amazon. I am SO honored to be a contributor to Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age, which opens up important conversations on the topic of adoption search and reunion. As part of the launch of this new book, Trace A. DeMeyer (author of One Small Sacrifice and Two Worlds) and I are participating in an interview series with the contributors. Laura asked us to discuss our experiences and share these questions on our blogs. The book was released on January 27, 2014 and is available as an EBook on Amazon (ISBN 978-0985616847). A paperback version will be released soon.

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