What do snow and adoption have in common?...

Mar 24, 2013 by

Snow It is Spring in Ohio.  Temperatures on the official first day of Spring were around freezing.  Weather forecasters reminded us that one year ago, the temperature on the first day of Spring was in the 70’s. Yesterday, I enjoyed walking in the sunshine with only a light jacket.  Spring was in the air.  Today?  Today it snows.  We’re told to expect up to ten inches of the fluffy white stuff before this storm passes through. I’ve seen a lot of moaning and complaining about this late winter storm on Facebook.  I haven’t joined in.  Why?  It’s NOT because I love Winter. I am more than ready to walk barefoot in the grass and to soak up the warmth of the sun.  I’m ready to see the Spring flowers bloom.  And I’m definitely ready...

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Book Review: And Then I Found You...

Mar 12, 2013 by

Over the past several months, I’ve been lost in a world of time travel, 18th century Scotland and America, romance, drama, action and sex.  All thanks to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.   I recently discovered this series of seven very long books and I’ve been obsessed.  While I’m waiting on book eight to be released later this year, my reading list is looking a little more varied.   The Outlander series has an adoption story line, 18th century style.  Though adoptees are a minority, adoption is a theme that seems to come up a lot in fiction.  Or maybe I’m just drawn to adoption-related books…    And Then I Found You is a novel centered on adoption.   I recently received an advance reading copy of this book from Goodreads.  (The book is scheduled to...

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Why is an original birth certificate such a big deal?...

Feb 24, 2013 by

Do you have a copy of your birth certificate? If you are not adopted, you probably take for granted your ability to walk in to the Vital Statistics office and request a copy of the document that proves you were born.   Adoptees have two birth certificates, the original document and an amended document issued when an adoption is finalized.  In many states, adopted adults do not have the right to a copy of the original birth certificate. Ohio congress is currently considering bills that would give all Ohio adopted adults the right to access their original birth certificates (I’m just going to call it an OBC).  Writing letters in support of this legislation has pushed me to be very clear about why I feel so strongly about an adopted person’s right to access this...

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The Power of a Story: Through the Lens of Adoption...

Feb 10, 2013 by

Growing up adopted meant that what I knew about the first three months of my life was confined to sterile details from a typewritten booklet prepared by adoption agency social workers.

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