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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Those Who Came Before

Jun 9, 2013 by

One of my favorite church celebrations is All Saints Sunday – a service to honor and remember all those who have gone before us. As we sing “For All the Saints” I always get the image in my mind of a large gathering of family and friends – those I knew on earth and those who lived before me. Honoring those who have gone before has always felt important to me.

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