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DNA Tests for Ethnicity & Genealogical DNA testing

Fri, Jul 4, 2014

FindMyFamily.org has partnered with AncestryDNA. AncestryDNA generates an estimate of your ethnicity as part of your personalized DNA results page. Explore your DNA results on a colorful, interactive map. Read Full Article...

Why choosing adoption was best choice for my baby

Sun, May 25, 2014

Finding myself pregnant at the young age of 18 was certainly not what I had planned for, and it most definitely was not where I wanted to see myself just weeks after graduating high school. Read Full Article...

FDA halts 23andMe Genome Sequencing DNA Kit

Sat, Nov 23, 2013

On Friday, November 22nd, 2013, the Health and Human Services Department of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered 23andMe to stop selling its Saliva Kit and Personal Genome Service. Read Full Article...

Driver's license renewal foiled by 40-year-old adoption

Sat, Oct 19, 2013

In Jacksonville, Florida Michelle Dalton would love to drive her Volvo to the store and back, but she doesn't have a new driver's license. "I take medication, I can't go pick it up myself," said Dalton. Read Full Article...

Man Legally Adopted at Age 32

Sat, Mar 16, 2013

After years of separation from foster mom, 32-year-old man finally adopted San Diego, California (CNN) -- A boyhood wish finally came true. But Maurice Griffin had to wait until he was a man for it to happen. Read Full Article...

Illinois accepts adoptee requests for original birth certificates

Tue, Nov 15, 2011

Springfield, Ill. -- Beginning today, Tuesday November 15th, adopted or surrendered adults can submit a request for a non-certified copy of their original Illinois birth certificate. Read Full Article...

Teresa's Story

Mon, Feb 21, 2011

My life story, I was taken away from my birth mother at age one in a half and put into foster care, my birth mother had 3 sets of kids taken away at three different times, in other words she kept having kids after the first 2 sets of kids were taken, I was the last set taken with a total of 4 kids in my group. Read Full Article...

Oprah's Reunites with Her Biological Half-Sister

Mon, Jan 24, 2011

For the most part, Oprah's life has been an open book. "I think I've seen just about everything and heard every story," she says. "I thought nothing could surprise me anymore. But let me tell you, I was wrong." Just before Thanksgiving 2010, Oprah received some news about her family that she says shook her to her core. Read Full Article...

A Search Angel Among Us

Wed, Dec 1, 2010

San Diegan Judy Sheinbein works tirelessly to reunite families separated by adoption Mother-son team Judy and Aaron Sheinbein of San Diego launched FindMyFamily.org in 2008 to unite families throughout the United States separated by adoption. Read Full Article...

At age 61 actor Alan Stanford learns he's adopted

Tue, Nov 23, 2010

Alan Stanford, Director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin Ireland, discovered by mistake that he was adopted. The eminent actor and director, who is originally from Liverpool, accidentally found out that his parents were not his birth mother and father when he was applying for a 'long form' birth certificate. Read Full Article...

Finding out as an adult that I was adopted

Sat, Nov 20, 2010

Most people I know are told as soon as they can understand that they are adopted. I wasn't told until I was nearly 18 years old. But I knew something about me was different. I was born in the early 1960's. Read Full Article...

Sparkling's Adoption Story

Fri, Nov 19, 2010

I was adopted when I was 5 months old. This is a fact I was always aware of and never allowed to forget. Being adopted in my family meant that I was extra special as I was planned for and waited for and my parents had to jump through hoops to get me and I came with directions. Read Full Article...

Pennsylvania Adoption Act Takes Step Forward

Thu, Nov 18, 2010

For many years, I have received requests from adoptees to help them find their biological parents and from birth parents who want to find a child they placed for adoption years ago. Read Full Article...

Blackmarket adoptees searching for their identity

Fri, Nov 12, 2010

Cyn Bird grabbed a torn piece of notebook paper to scribble the secrets spilling from her mother's mouth as she neared death: The mysterious Miami doctor named Katherine Cole who delivered and supposedly sold babies to couples. Read Full Article...

Being adopted at birth

Wed, Nov 10, 2010

My name is Lindsay, and I was adopted at birth to the most wonderful, loving parents I could have ever wished for! My birth mother was very young when she and her boyfriend had me, and she made a very mature decision to give me up for adoption. Read Full Article...

Family together again after 3 decades

Tue, Nov 9, 2010

For more than 30 years, Doug Ralson felt a void in his life. Ralson knew from an early age that he and his sister were adopted. However, recently Ralson, 36, and his sister, Stephanie Ralson, 38, had that hole filled - when they met their birth parents. Read Full Article...

Looking for you

Sun, Nov 7, 2010

Aarti would like to meet her birth mother. It can be a secret meeting without the birth mother's family involved, if that is what the†birth mother†wishes. Aarti only wants to meet her birth mother -- no obligation..." These three short sentences say it all. Read Full Article...

Myths, misconceptions, and facts about adoption

Sun, Nov 7, 2010

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. As you already know, adoption is very near and dear to my heart, as it is through adoption that Bill and I chose to create our family. Read Full Article...

Adoption can help curb abuse

Sun, Nov 7, 2010

Unintended and unplanned pregnancies have many adverse consequences and certainly one of the most destructive is the increase in the number of unwanted children. All too often, these children end up abused and/or in the foster care system. Read Full Article...

Terminally ill adoptee reunited with birthmother

Mon, Nov 1, 2010

Recently I was part of an event that I can only relate to you as a miracle. The purpose of this essay is to report the details of an adoptee's search and reunion that defied all odds at success. Read Full Article...

Presidential Proclamation of National Adoption Month

Mon, Nov 1, 2010

President Obama made his official proclamation of November as National Adoption Awareness Month. Here's what he had to say: Giving a child a strong foundation -- a home, a family to love, and a safe place to grow -- is one of life's greatest and most generous gifts. Read Full Article...

I found my daughter, so can you

Mon, Oct 25, 2010

My life as a child came to a sudden stop 29 years ago. Not just because I was crossing the pediatric lines from child to adolescent, but because I was pregnant and my life would never be the same. Read Full Article...

The Road to Adoption Reunion

Sat, Oct 2, 2010

On Christmas nights, after the presents were opened, Debbie would look at the sky from her bedroom window and wonder: Was her birth mother thinking of her? Did Debbie have brothers and sisters? Were they opening gifts, too? "I would think about that from the time I was 8 or 9," says Debbie now.Adopted as an infant, Debbie grew up in a loving home. Read Full Article...

National Adoptee Rights Group Travels To Open Records

Sun, Jul 18, 2010

American Adoptees Denied Civil Rights to Birth Certificate Due to archaic laws that are a legacy of cultural shame stigmatizing infertility, sex, unwed mothers, and adoption, over 90% of all American adoptees will face a life of discrimination unless current laws are changed. Read Full Article...

History of Closed Adoption Records in California

Sun, Jul 11, 2010

California became a state in 1850. State law did not include any reference to adoption until 1870, when a statute for the first time allowed for the legal transfer of a child into the care of unrelated adults, who would promise the state of California to "raise such child as his or their own ... Read Full Article...

Late discovery of being adopted

Wed, Jul 7, 2010

March 28, 2010 marked a rather unorthodox event for me. It's the three-year anniversary of the day in 2007 when I learned I was adopted. I was 41 years old at the time. On that day I became unknown to myself. Read Full Article...

Finding out I'm adopted after 41 years

Tue, Jul 6, 2010

In late 2006 it all started simply enough, as I requested my birth certificate from my mother. I bugged her for weeks to send it to me. She kept saying she'd look for it, and that she was not sure she had it anymore. Read Full Article...

For Want of a Mother

Sat, Jun 5, 2010

One woman's story of how she was adopted and how she found her biological family. a New Vintage Film Directed by Brady Gillman Special Thanks to Cindy Gillman Read Full Article...

New Illinois law to open adoption records

Tue, May 25, 2010

On May 20th, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a measure allowing people who were adopted as children to access their birth records to find out more about their past. The proposal is sponsored by Rep. Read Full Article...

Finding my biological roots after 41 years

Thu, May 20, 2010

I was put up for adoption in 1968. I was born with (mild) cerebral palsy, 2 months premature and weighed 2 pounds at birth. The cerebral palsy diagnosis would not come until later when I was about 2 years old. After birth, I spent a good deal of time in the ICU, then went into the foster care system and lived with a foster family until I was 18 months old when I actually was adopted by my parents. Read Full Article...

Dear Birthmother: Thoughts from an Adoptive Mother

Mon, May 10, 2010

Dear Birthmother. Almost twelve years ago, I sat down to my computer to pen the most important letter of my life. Dear Birthmother, I paused, wondering: What should I say to a woman whose name I did not even know? How could I convey to this unknown woman that my husband and I would make the perfect parents for her beloved baby, better than the thousands of other hopeful adoptive parents? Angrily wiping my tears with the sleeve of my blouse, I pondered the words that would not sound like begging to a woman whose "condition" I had desperately desired for myself for the past four years. Read Full Article...

Remembering Birthmother's Day

Sat, May 8, 2010

On Saturday, May 12, as many families prepare for the more "traditional" Mother's Day celebration, families touched by adoption prepare for the lesser known Birthmother's Day. Founded in 1990 by a group of Seattle, WA birthmothers, Birthmother's Day is celebrated the Saturday before Mother's Day and aims to not only educate, but more importantly honor and remember those mothers who created a life plan for their child. Read Full Article...

Birthmother's: How to Survive Mother's Day

Thu, May 6, 2010

Mother's day is all around us at this time of year. There are cards, gifts, television commercials, and other things that are constant reminders as to what holiday is right around the corner. Read Full Article...

Son and birth mother look forward to new beginning

Sat, Apr 10, 2010

Amila Cavazos, 52, stood outside the door of her father's small house in Abernathy, Houston - her hair neatly arranged, lipstick carefully applied, wearing her Sunday best. Waiting. Read Full Article...

The Big Adoption Secret and Finding Family on Facebook

Tue, Apr 6, 2010

I love Facebook. I've been on it for a few years now, and I've found lots of people from my past there. My college roommate, friends from high school, even my very best friend in the whole world from when I was in kindergarten. Read Full Article...

Sarah's Adoption Story

Sun, Apr 4, 2010

I was a freshman in college in the winter of 1967, enjoying my new found freedom, living in a dorm far away from home with a very ample curfew. To say that I was "a child of the 60's" with all the implications that brings is the most I will say about that time. Read Full Article...

Sarah Jessica Parker's Connection to the Salem Witch Trials

Fri, Mar 5, 2010

Tonight, "Who Do You Think You Are?", a new reality TV series premiered on NBC. The show takes seven celebrities on a journey that researches the genealogical roots of their family, giving them a new identity as they find out who they are and how they are related to important events in American history. Read Full Article...

After decades, woman tracks down birth family

Sat, Feb 27, 2010

Prior to several decades ago, a young woman becoming a single mother was a scary and bad thing. Society frowned on such women, who typically left home for several months to have their babies and give them up for adoption. Read Full Article...

To my birth mother...

Wed, Jan 27, 2010

Anglican vicar Peter Owen Jones was adopted and grew up fantasising about his birth mother, but eventually he traced her and they met. Now he has written her a heartfelt letter. Peter Owen Jones: 'I never for one second felt angry about being put up for adoption.' Photograph: Felix Clay Dear Joan, I am not sure that parents should protect their children from pain -- it is as inevitable as morning -- although maybe we should teach our children how to deal with it. Read Full Article...

Why I donít want to find my birth mother

Tue, Jan 26, 2010

She tells me I'm angry. I tell her that I'm not. She insists I'm in denial. She is Betty Jean Lifton, a prominent adoption counselor and author who believes that adoptees can only be fulfilled by reunited with their birth parents. Read Full Article...

Matt Kennon Discovers Shocking Details About His Adoption

Mon, Jan 25, 2010

Matt Kennon identifies with such fellow country singers as Jimmy Wayne, Jeff Bates and Rodney Atkins, who were either adopted or were at some point in the foster care system. Matt Kennon The Georgia native was adopted at birth by two loving parents, who had previously lost three of their four biological children to a house fire. Read Full Article...

NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are" Series Premiere

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

NBC unveiled its new post-Winter Olympics primetime program schedule today. The announcement includes the premiere of "Who Do You Think You Are?", a show that gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities. Read Full Article...

Senate Bill to Open Adoption Files for New York

Wed, Jan 13, 2010

A8410 and S5269 enacts a Bill of Adoptee Rights clarifying language and procedures for obtaining birth certificates and medical histories of New York adoptees; allows adopted adults to learn who their birth parents are when they reach the age of 18, subject to a contact preference filed by the birth parents. Read Full Article...

Internet helps woman connect with mother after 67 years apart

Mon, Jan 11, 2010

When Anita Spencer would go to fill out family medical history forms at the doctor's office, she had to mark "unknown" when it came to questions about her birth mother. The 68-year-old was separated from her mother when she was 11 months old, and was raised by her uncle and aunt on her father's side. Read Full Article...

Adoptee Poetry

Mon, Jan 11, 2010

Dear Birth Mother: I had to write you this letter today I can only imagine in a tearful kind of way How much your heart had to ache on that day When you so unselfishly gave your son away So that he could grow up in a home of love And spread his wings like an innocent dove You gave of your heart sole Read Full Article...

Adoptee seeks stem cells from birth mother

Fri, Jan 8, 2010

Every adoptee has their own personal reason for wanting to locate a member from their birth family. For many, it is to find their biological family members' medical history and genetic predispositions. Read Full Article...

Adopted son seeks mother

Fri, Jan 8, 2010

Tod Pohlmann had always known he was adopted, but it wasn't until he began his own family that he got serious about finding his birth mother. Although his adoption records were sealed, Pohlmann, who manages the Starbucks on Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, California, knew his mother's date of birth and her first and middle name. Read Full Article...

'Karma' plays role in mother and daughter reunion

Sun, Jan 3, 2010

Whatever your belief system, every once in a while something happens that is too perfect to write off to chance. Maybe that is why Susanne Howe named the cat "Karma." This story could have been written in the usual way: the trend story about how families around the world are reuniting on Facebook; the one shown in heart-wrenching airport reunions on the evening news, rehashed on morning TV talk shows. Read Full Article...

Legal twist wrenching family apart

Wed, Dec 30, 2009

Their young daughter completes each of the family portraits that cover the wall. In one, the four have their backs to the camera, showing off their Celtics jerseys - the only team the parents can agree they will all root for. Read Full Article...

Separated siblings reunite for Christmas

Tue, Dec 29, 2009

Missouri twins Kaitlyn and Brittany Gotthardt went right for the big box sitting next to their Christmas tree Friday, not knowing that what was inside had traveled 1,200 miles and would soon have the girls crying tears of joy. Read Full Article...

Christmas with daughter is mom's long-sought blessing

Sun, Dec 27, 2009

Marnette Haynes has a large, boisterous family. But when they gathered for holiday celebrations, they were missing a voice. For all the love and blessings that abounded, there was a small twinge. Read Full Article...

Adopted son meets birth mother on Christmas

Sat, Dec 26, 2009

The T-shirts, socks, boots and scrapbook that Ted Brewer found under the Christmas tree were wonderful, but it was the gift he received that evening that he will remember all his life. Read Full Article...

Colorado pulls curtain back on adoption records

Fri, Dec 25, 2009

When Patricia Dukeman started trying to find her biological parents, Ronald Reagan lived in the White House, Michael Jackson's "Beat It" was record of the year, and the Supreme Court decided it was OK for us to use those new VCR things to tape TV shows. Read Full Article...

Adoptive Mother Reflects on Finding Birth Mom

Wed, Dec 23, 2009

On the way into work, today, my morning radio station had an adoptee call in for "therapy" advice. It's usually about that time, in the show, I switch channels (I have small tolerance for insignificant banter), but I stopped short, as soon as I heard the word adoption. The girl was in her early thirties and wanted to look for her birth mom, but was afraid of hurting her adoptive mom's feelings. Read Full Article...

Siblings Reunite 80 Years After Depression-Era Adoption

Tue, Dec 22, 2009

After Decades of Searching Barbara Miller, 82, Found She Was One of Nine Children The last time the Chrisman siblings saw their baby sister, the family was reeling from the death of their mother, and their father was struggling in the throes of the Great Depression. Read Full Article...

No more lost souls: An Adopted Person's Response

Fri, Dec 18, 2009

What I hate about reality shows is that the stories are often contrived and artificial. You name it, Survivor, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Longest Race, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, reality and the human experience give way to gross-out, gamesmanship, and goofiness. Read Full Article...

Grieving adoptee seeks birth mother after adoptive mother passes away

Tue, Dec 15, 2009

A daughter finds her birth mother after the death of her adoptive mother and a mother is reunited with the son she gave up as a teenager. ABC's "Find My Family" lends a helping hand to a grieving daughter in search of her birth mother after losing her adoptive mother to ovarian cancer, and gives her news she never could have expected. Read Full Article...

Brother cheered on by his newly found sister

Wed, Dec 9, 2009

In Broward County Florida, there's much on the line for high school quarterback Ryan Williams. The senior can lead his team to their first state championship game if they can get past powerhouse Miami Central. Read Full Article...

Families reunited after 40 year search

Mon, Dec 7, 2009

A father searches for the son he lost 30 years ago and a daughter looks for the mother who gave her up at birth more than 40 years ago on ABC's "Find My Family". "Evans & Finn" - First, the "Find My Family" team sets out to help a father find the son he has spent three decades trying to locate. Read Full Article...

Woman enters contest to meet birth mother

Fri, Dec 4, 2009

Mary Kay Rosado is the first to admit she's had a great life. She has two sons, a loving husband and a challenging job at the law firm where the Obamas met. Yet she is haunted by one nagging detail. Read Full Article...

Birth mother and daughter close, but never met

Thu, Dec 3, 2009

It was a mother and child reunion just in time for the holidays. Wednesday at the Oakland International Airport, an East Bay woman met the daughter she gave up for adoption many years ago. Read Full Article...

National Adoption Awareness Month

Mon, Nov 30, 2009

As this year's National Adoption Awareness Month comes to a close, I find it the perfect month to have this cause fall. I am a birth mother and I have been for a very long time. Read Full Article...

Adoptee Healing

Fri, Nov 27, 2009

The door bell rang and my legs turned instantly to noodles. Trying to balance and walk on thick noodles is impossible. Fortunately the door was not far away. I opened the front door and on my porch stood my sister holding a Poinsettia, standing next to her adult daughter. Read Full Article...

Reuniting with birth mother after 56 years

Wed, Nov 25, 2009

David Ekkel has lived in Michigan most of his life, but he's been a Buffalo Bills fan since he was 12. David Ekkel of Grand Haven, Mich., is reunited with his mother, Lillian Watson of Lockport, after having been separated from her since shortly after he was born. Read Full Article...

ABC Find My Family reunites two families

Wed, Nov 25, 2009

"Find My Family" reunites a sister searching for the biological brother she never knew and a daughter searching for the biological mother forced to give her up for adoption. "Find My Family" sets out to help a sister find the brother she never knew and who ends up finding more than she ever expected. Read Full Article...

Reuniting Lost Relations, Leaving Time for Tears

Sun, Nov 22, 2009

In June ABC ordered a new show called "Let's Dance," based on a British reality series, in which celebrities would replicate famous dance routines. A programming executive said, "The tone of this is fun." On Nov. Read Full Article...

The funny thing about adoption

Wed, Nov 18, 2009

455XXTQDG6B2 RJJBPWSYRYQ2 Alison Larkin was 6 years old when she arrived at Sheridan School in Northwest Washington one morning with some news for her classmates. Grinning impishly, the freckled girl with auburn hair announced: "I'm adopted." The night before, Larkin and her mom had had The Talk. Read Full Article...

Adoptee finds solace on basketball court

Thu, Nov 12, 2009

Stephanie Wittman remembers the time she met her birth mother 10 years ago -- her only recollection of a woman whose name now escapes her. "I knew, but I forgot," she said. "It started with an 'S.' I know that." Such is life when bouncing from family to family, city to city while spending your childhood wedged in the ever-fluctuating world of the foster-care system. Read Full Article...

Couple's adopted son brings families full circle

Wed, Nov 11, 2009

It was the most heart-wrenching, agonizing decision Sheri Ocampo ever had to make. More than three decades later, it brought her an unexpected family, a sense of peace, and a love she thought was forever lost. Read Full Article...

Adoptive family raises musical gift

Tue, Nov 10, 2009

Eric Wassenaar (right) has been guided in his musical growth by Augustana College music instructor Monty Barnard (left). Before that, Wassenaar was inspired musically by his adoptive father, Terry Wassenaar, who for years was a music teacher in the Parker school district and at Cathedral Elementary. Read Full Article...

Finding Birth Father Answers Son's Prayers

Thu, Nov 5, 2009

Alta resident Jeff Roland proudly welcomed his birth father, Carlos Sacchetto, to his home last weekend. Roland was given up for adoption 33 years ago.With the approach of Thanksgiving, many residents are beginning to count their blessings. Read Full Article...

Abandoned as a baby, searches for 50 years

Wed, Nov 4, 2009

When just a few days old, David Stevenson was abandoned outside a flat in London. Forty-nine years later, he's trying to piece together what happened on that fateful day in 1960. Read Full Article...

Finding Family on Facebook

Tue, Nov 3, 2009

Matthew Ho found his birth family through Facebook. Matthew Ho had no idea who his birth family was until he found them on Facebook a few weeks ago. After a decade of frustrating deadends, in August the city resident set up a profile on the online social network using his biological surname, birth date and a photo. Within a month he received a message from a woman who turned out to be his sister, and two days later he was speaking for the first time to his birth mother, who lives in Newcastle, NSW. "We sent emails back and forth," Matthew, 32, says. Read Full Article...

A Family Found: Woman discovers client is brother

Mon, Nov 2, 2009

Kim Hinchberger always wondered about the siblings she'd never met. But the Sarnia, Ontario, Canada resident, who was adopted at a young age, never imaged she'd find them right under her nose. Read Full Article...

Mother reunited with child she gave away 26 years earlier

Mon, Nov 2, 2009

Roger Roth, Jessica Roth-Jendrick and Marcie Roth were recently reunited as a family. Marcie Roth gave up her daughter for adoption, but reunited with her after 28 years. She also reunited with the father of her daughter and they married before they located their daughter. She gave up her daughter for adoption in 1978 in a decision fueled by panic and desperation. Read Full Article...

Man seeks son, but records lead to wrong child

Thu, Oct 29, 2009

For more than 30 years, Ron Ryba wondered about the baby boy he and his high school sweetheart had given away. The year was 1975. Ryba played running back on the football team at Shawnee High School in in Medford, N.J., while his girlfriend, Kathy Butler, cheered for him on the sidelines. Read Full Article...

The Un-Angry Adoptee

Thu, Oct 29, 2009

I was relinquished at birth to a local agency and adopted at 6 weeks of age. I was told by my Parents that my birth Parents "gave me up" because they were unmarried college students. Read Full Article...

Birthfathers

Wed, Oct 28, 2009

When most people think of the adoption triad they think of the birth mother, the adoptive family and the child but there is a missing piece to this picture. Birth fathers may be the most overlooked individuals in the adoption process but it is important to remember that they have the same parental rights as the biological mother. Read Full Article...

Meeting My Birth Mother

Tue, Oct 27, 2009

My name is Kathryn but everyone calls me Katie. I was born in Wisconsin when my birth mother was 18. Ever since I was young, m y mom would tell me I was adopted. In third grade I talked to her about meeting my birth mother and family. Read Full Article...

Mother and child reunion

Sat, Oct 24, 2009

Marlene Jones with her daughter, Anne Strong Murphey.Daughter who was given up never gave up at all She didn't even get to see her, much less touch her. With cold efficiency, the newborn was taken from doctor to nurse to adoption worker. Read Full Article...

Troy Dunn reunites North Carolina family

Wed, Oct 21, 2009

Troy Dunn is a man with a mission, and in tonight's episode of "The Locator," that mission to reunite loved ones and heal broken families once again brings him to North Carolina.Dunn has been locating people professionally for going on 20 years, ever since he helped his own mother track down her birth mother. Read Full Article...

The Drama of the Adopted Daughter

Tue, Oct 20, 2009

Between the ages of 14 and 16 girls begin their search for independence. This journey begins with a girl's need to establish an identity that is separate from her mother's. This process is often a source of conflict for the young girl who is often still immature and unsure of just how to separate from her mother. Read Full Article...

Two families come together after surprise adoption discovery

Mon, Oct 19, 2009

Half sisters Kate Spearing (left) and Amy Hakola (right) with their mother, Jacci Williams, at her home last month. BANGOR, Maine -- Despite the chilly autumn night, there's a warm, family feeling in Jacci Williams' Bangor living room. Read Full Article...

Three decades after adoption, DNA test reveals painful truth

Fri, Oct 16, 2009

For four years, Phil Bloete and Ron Ryba formed a bond based on their belief that they were father and son. For Cockeysville businessman Ron Ryba, the long walk from the parking lot to the stadium in Philadelphia was a 29-year trail of memories. Read Full Article...

New York resident discovers he's a part of Italian clan

Fri, Oct 16, 2009

Craig Stern was elated to find out he had a grandmother in Alpharetta. Here the two pause for a photo at Josephine Cole's home off Academy Street. For native New Yorker Craig Stern, his first trip to Alpharetta, Georgia was a whirlwind of emotion. Read Full Article...

Adoptee aims to change rules for birth certificates

Wed, Oct 14, 2009

Eric Roach is working to change a South Dakota law so other adoptees won't have to work as hard, or tell lies, to get their original birth certificates. Roach, of Spearfish, South Dakota, was adopted as a 6-month-old infant in Iowa in 1955. Read Full Article...

Woman is her brother's seeker

Tue, Oct 13, 2009

Cindy Holmes of Lake Holiday Illinois, recently made contact with the brother she didn't know she had until her dad was dying. Her brother, Craig Johnson, was adopted right after he was born. Read Full Article...

Birthmother's decision impacts generations

Mon, Oct 12, 2009

Ann and Juda Myers Late one evening in 1956 after watching the movie "The Ten Commandments" in a theater, a 22-year-old woman walked home alone in the dark Ė but she would not make it to the house before eight young men would brutally beat and rape her in the streets. Read Full Article...

Strangers From Yesterday

Sun, Oct 11, 2009

I haven't written anything in a while. I couldn't say why. It's not for lack of things to say, not at all. Plenty of adoption things have been going on. My birthmother has revealed that she is terminally ill, I fought with her over the new discovery of my half sister, as she feels I went "over her head" and was angry that I didn't ask her permission to contact one of her children. Read Full Article...

The Mother Who Matters

Sat, Oct 10, 2009

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Like Mother, Like Daughter I have eyes that are said to be "cow brown," and my long blond hair is my best feature. My nose is a little too big; my face is oval shaped. Read Full Article...

Adoptee fear of abandonment

Fri, Oct 9, 2009

Fear of abandonment is a a very common issue for adoptees, as is anger over having been abandoned by their birthmother. After all, if their own biological mother didn't care enough to stick around and be a part of their life, why should anyone else? Sadly, many adoptees blame themselves on some deep level that even they don't really understand. Read Full Article...

Celebrity Adoptee: Faith Hill

Fri, Oct 9, 2009

Faith Hill (AP Photo/Marion Curtis, StarPix Creative Commons) Country music superstar is Faith Hill is best known for her hit songs, leading roles in films and her highly publisized marriage with fellow country singer, TIm McGraw. Read Full Article...

Woman finds birth mother

Thu, Oct 8, 2009

ONTARIO, Canada -- Questions Delia Doucette has long asked now have answers. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Doucette was given up for adoption when she was four months old. Her mother, Marion Douglas, was just 16. Doucette's birth name was Nancy Douglas, named after Marion's favourite cousin. Doucette, 53, now works as a health care aide in a nursing home in Chatham. Read Full Article...

Finally getting chance to see birth certificate

Wed, Oct 7, 2009

Shirley O'Grady is a determined person. The fruit of her determination landed in her mailbox on Aug. 27. It was a government letter. She opened it alone in her apartment and began to cry. Read Full Article...

Brother and sister unite after 44 years

Tue, Oct 6, 2009

Biological brother and sister John Mark Eden and Misty De Le Rosa reunite after 44 years. Denver, Colorado - John Eden grew up knowing he'd been adopted, and wondered about his biological parents for years. Read Full Article...

Native American Adoptee Follows Her Dream

Tue, Oct 6, 2009

Mary Youngblood "Aleut Wind," a track by Native American flute player Mary Youngblood off her album, "The Offering," is a solo instrumental that carries the listener through a story. Read Full Article...

Adoption record accessibility varies across Canada

Mon, Oct 5, 2009

From a genealogical perspective, I'm very fortunate.I can research for years, uncovering one relative after another. From personal experience and photographs, I can see that I have my father's crooked upper lip, my mother's thick dark hair, the same eyes as my cousin.The DNA within my cells connects me with all my ancestors. Read Full Article...

Dear Birthmother: Thoughts from an Adoptive Mother

Mon, Oct 5, 2009

An Adoptive Mother Sets the Record Straight About Birthmothers and Adoption Dear Birthmother. Almost twelve years ago, I sat down to my computer to pen the most important letter of my life. Read Full Article...

Flying home to meet birth mother

Sat, Oct 3, 2009

Willie Whitescarver of Harrison looks through a photo album of his childhood, compiled by his adoptive mother, Shirley Childs. Whitescarver and his children will fly to South Korea this month to meet Willie's birth mother for the first time. Read Full Article...

A story of loss and separation

Fri, Oct 2, 2009

Behind the glamour of adoption, new beginnings and happy reunions, there is another, darker side of loss and separation for birth mothers, birth families, and adoptees that is often left out of the discussion. Popular culture mostly fails to take up the issue from the perspective of the birth mother. Read Full Article...