Russia Adoption Ban Brings to Mind Romania Program

March 22nd, 2013
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A recent feature story from Time Magazine drew some comparisons between the Russian adoption ban and the closure of the Romanian adoption program several years ago. The piece featured stories of parents caught up in the closure of the Romania program. Many had already met their children; their dreams were shattered when the program closed. Some of the families have chosen to continue contact with the child they hoped to adopt. Some still dream of ways to bring that child to the U.S. For others, the journey ended with the program's closure...maintaining contact was simply too logistically difficult and, frankly, too painful. Many of the children were old enough to have  understood they were (hopefully) being adopted. Exactly what message they were told is unclear, but it's easy to see… [more]

International Adoptions with Vietnam Could Soon Resume, Says U.S. Senator

March 11th, 2013
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Categories: International News

Many U.S. families were left wanting and many Vietnamese orphans were left in need when international adoptions between the U.S. and Vietnam were closed in 2008. Now, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu says she is hopeful that intercountry adoptions will resume "in the near future." No timeframe has been issued, but talks between the two countries continue and the tone of the dialogue is more positive than it's been for a few years. The current closure is not the first that the Vietnam program has experienced. The program initially closed in 2003 amid concerns about fraud and corruption. That halt on intercountry adoptions between the U.S. and Vietnam was enforced until 2006, when a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the two… [more]

Nebraska’s Safe Haven Law Finally Changed

November 27th, 2008
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Categories: 2008, Breaking News

The Nebraskan Safe Haven Law that has created much talk and controversy has finally been changed. Safe Haven Laws allow a mother to leave her baby at a pre-determined “safe haven.” It differs a bit from state to state but safe haven locations typically include hospitals, fire departments, or police stations. By dropping off her baby at one of these safe haven locations, a mother avoids prosecution for abandonment. In many states, the baby must be a newborn. Again it differs from state to state but in many states the baby must be under three days old. The big problem with the Nebraska Safe Haven Law was that they failed to set an age limit when the law was written. It was intended to be for infants but since there… [more]

Tribute to Tom Burnett

September 11th, 2008
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Categories: Profiles

Ever since I found out that Tom Burnett, considered to be one of the heroes from the September 11th tragedies that struck the United States in 2001 was a birthfather, I find myself thinking of him and his birth daughter each and every September 11th. I am sure that there were other people lost on September 11th who had some sort of personal connection such as adoptees, birth parents or birth family members, and adoptive parents but those stories aren’t as well known as the one of Tom Burnett. On September 11, 2001 Tom Burnett was flying home from New York to California on United Flight 93. He is one of the passengers who led and helped the attack on the terrorists aboard Flight 93 causing… [more]

MySpace Aids in Reunion

August 25th, 2008
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Categories: 2008

I came across an article recently about a man who found his birth parents via MySpace. It’s kind of interesting that MySpace has become more than just a social networking website. It’s such a large and widely used website that it makes sense that you could potentially locate birthparents or adoptees. This is not the first MySpace reunion that I have heard about, just the first article about one. In the article we are introduced to Leon Bailey, an adoptee who born in 1982 in England to an unwed teen. She struggled to make it and eventually Leon was placed for adoption with an American military family stationed at a British airbase. His adoption papers did reveal his birthmother’s name but he had never… [more]

Opening Records Bill Pending in New York

March 31st, 2008
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Categories: Announcements, March

Lately there have been many articles in various news publications about pending legislation to open adoption records so that adoptees would have access to their birth records. This would allow adoptees to have a greater chance of obtaining medical information and reuniting with their birth parents. The state of New York is no different. If the pending legislation is passed in New York, adoptees born in that state will soon have the same right to their birth records like any other U.S. citizen. Do you ever wonder why records were sealed in the first place? I have and this article attempts to address that. New York began sealing adoption records in the mid-1930s to protect adoptive parents from possible interference from biological parents. Contrary to popular assumption, however, there has… [more]

Best Friends Turn out to be Sisters

March 24th, 2008
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Categories: March

While half paying attention to television Friday night, I heard this unique adoption/reunion story and was intrigued by the details I did hear, so I got online to search for more. I must preface this story by saying it is one of those stories that is so rare and unique. Brandy Hersh, now 27 and Heidi Wickware, now 25 met about five years ago and instantly felt a connection towards one another and became best friends. Brandy reminisces about how their friendship started: "When we first met, it was an automatic connection. I had told her that we were -- that I thought of her as such a good friend, like a better friend than some of the friends that I'd had for years and years and years. And we just… [more]

Illinois Bill Could Give Adoptees Rights to their Orginial Birth Certificate

March 21st, 2008
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Categories: Announcements

Illinois is trying to pass a bill that would make it easier for adult adoptees to get their original birth certificates, very similar to the bill in New Jersey. Republican Sara Feigenholtz is sponsoring the bill that would give many adoptees twenty one years old or older access to their original birth certificates. Birth Certificates have been sealed in Illinois since the 1940’s. Feigenholtz herself is an adoptee. In the article out of the Chicago Tribune she talked about how adoptees have been denied their beginning, their “chapter one” as she puts it. "Chapter 1 of everyone else's lives begins with a birth certificate, a document I and everyone behind me are prohibited from having." Testifying before the committee with Ms. Feigenholtz was former Denver Broncos fullback Howard… [more]

An Example of why Open Records are Needed

February 15th, 2008
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Categories: February 2008

This story out of The Clarion Ledger in Mississippi provides an example of why open records are needed and why adoptees need and deserve easier access to their medical records. In the article, we are introduced to Lauren McCrary, an adult adoptee. Lauren and her twin brother were adopted together after their birth in 1969. Raised partially in Mississippi and then partially in Texas, Lauren remembers being told that she was adopted around eight or nine. She says she never had any problems being or knowing that she was adopted, but as she grew up she found herself thinking of her birth family, wondering why she had blue eyes, if she had other siblings, etc. But she ran into many dead ends whenever she tried to… [more]

Texas Adoption Registry

February 7th, 2008
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Categories: February 2008

A recent article out of the Mid County Chronicle discusses the registry that is through The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Vital Statistics Central Adoption Registry. Through this registry adult adoptees can be reunited with birth parents or birth siblings who sign up looking for one another. The Registry began in 1984 and to date has registered more than 8, 100 people who were searching for one another including adult adoptees, birthmothers, birth fathers, and adult siblings. According to Patricia Molina, the DSHS program administrator the registry is unique because they have the authority to view sealed and confidential records and files without obtaining a court order first. "This ability allows us to match two biologically related people. A match… [more]