The evolution of Birth Certificates

Biology and Birth Certificates: Our Right to Accuracy Wendy Kramer | Co-Founder and Director of the Donor Sibling Registry Most U.S. citizens raised by their biological parents never question whether the information on their birth certificates is accurate. With the evolution of adoption and alternate means of conceiving a child, “accurate” is an increasingly subjective […]

Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA

By Lara Trace Hentz In 1994, for a whopping $500, Earl Bland and I did a DNA test/blood-draw in Springfield, Illinois.  Within a month, we knew it was 99.9% certain that Earl was my biological father.  Happy? Of course! When it comes to ethical genetics, NOW I am still concerned about the co-opting (and theft) […]

After almost a decade apart, siblings reunite at Rutgers

By Vaishali Gauba | USA TODAY   When he was 12, Keith DuPree was adopted. His 13-year-old sister, Gina Pearson, called their encounter at his adoption party “awkward.” As the years passed, DuPree and Pearson lost touch. Fast forward seven years to 2011. Pearson, who was attending Rutgers University-Camden, was traveling with the Youth Advisory Board to Rutgers’ New Brunswick […]

Understanding why adoptees are at higher risk for suicide

SOURCE By Maureen McCauley Evans, M.A. Most people view adoption as a happy, even blessed, event. A child finds a new family: nothing but joy, right? Adoption can be happy, a blessing, joyful. For some adoptees, though, adoption is complex, and can be filled with as much loss as love. According to the American Academy […]

The Indian Child Welfare Act: What Is It?

The 1970’s was a time that saw great reform in federal Indian policy, initiated by the Nixon administration’s commitment to affirm tribal self-determination. After the passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, Congress passed numerous laws designed to counteract decades and centuries of policies that had devastating effects on Native American […]

threads of feeling

READ ABOUT EXHIBIT here In the mid-18th century thousands of poor women deposited their newborn babies at the Foundling Hospital. The scraps of material left to identify them tell an extraordinary story. By Kathryn Hughes EXCERPT: Whether the mothers’ fierce hope that their babies would be better off at the hospital was justified is hard to […]

Adoptee-Abductee Reunites with Mom 41 Years After He Was Taken as a Baby

Nelly Reyes and Travis Tolliver By Tara Fowler | @waterfowlerta | 05/26/2015 Travis Tolliver burst into tears as he held his biological mother Nelly Reyes for the first time – 41 years after they’d last laid eyes on each other. “I don’t know how I feel,” he told CNN after reuniting with his mom at […]

Ireland: Adoptee Rights NOW!

The history of the Irish Adoption Industry is the last dirty little secret of the darkest depths of the once fabled and glorified holy Catholic Ireland. You doubt that it was an industry? That it was a machine? Don’t.

Adoptees kept prisoners in Ohio

Couple plead not guilty to locking up kids 22 hours a day JEFFERSON, Ohio  — A husband and wife accused of making three of their adopted children virtual prisoners inside their Ohio home pleaded not guilty March 4 in a case that began after prosecutors say two girls crashed the family van while trying to […]

The Imprint of Another Life

The Imprint of Another Life: Adoption Narratives and Human Possibility by Margaret Homans (Author) YALE Professor The Imprint of Another Life: Adoption Narratives and Human Possibility addresses a series of questions about common beliefs about adoption. Underlying these beliefs is the assumption that human qualities are innate and intrinsic, an assumption often held by adoptees […]

Adopting the World: Josephine Baker’s Rainbow Tribe

Further reading: By Merlind Theile SOURCE Long before Angelina Jolie, Mia Farrow and Madonna made headlines with their adoptive families, 1920s star Josephine Baker tried to combat racism by adopting 12 children of various ethnic backgrounds from around the world. Today the members of her “rainbow tribe” are still searching for their identity. He is […]

Part TWO: Social Morays, Community Cultures, and Stockholm Syndrome in the Adoptee and Foster Child

By Cully Ray (continued from yesterday) The feelings of abandonment that are instilled in the adoptee or foster child are in constant conflict with his/her need to be loved by their parents (natural and adoptive), and the world around them is a constant reminder that they are different – somehow less than others – and […]

PART ONE: Social Morays, Community Cultures, and Stockholm Syndrome in the Adoptee and Foster Child

By Cully Ray It has always made we wonder how, out of one side of their mouths the adoption industry promotes their merchandise (children) as “blank slates” and then, when things go wrong, out of the other side of their mouths they say the child is defective… This is an opinion/theory piece and comments are […]

Lost Sparrow solves mystery but leaves wounds exposed

  I think of this important documentary LOST SPARROW all the time and wanted to share the links with you again. The earlier review I wrote is on this blog here and I’ve included it in TWO WORLDS: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects. Review by Lara/Trace On November 16, 2010, the documentary “Lost Sparrow” […]