Also known as: Some good, some bad, some down right horrible things (in no particular order) to consider reading about.
1. A beautiful heart wrenching story about a mother from the era I was born into – written by her daughter. On My Mom, The Sex She Had, and The Adoption She Didn’t Plan
2. An adoption plea for a senior dog to find a home to anyone in Ontario, specifically in the Toronto area. This one truly breaks my heart. A Homeless Man’s Plea
3. I have no words for this that I would write on this blog, except to note that it is about adoption: Tucson couple indicted on federal kidnapping charges
4. Inter-country Adoptee Voices (ICAV) on In Who’s Interest are Australia’s Adoption Reforms being Promoted and Acted upon?, well done and interesting on how they are standing up and having their say. It’s a tad long but worth it.
5. I had to chuckle on a May 7th post that starts off talking about a newborn lamb on Scoopy’s Scooping it Up Blog Facebook page about friends going to their adoption agencies to get their children’s files, and magically, they don’t exist anymore, other’s chimed in with their stories too. Oh the irony, seeing as adoptees have been dealing with this very thing for decades, and talking openly about all those mysterious floods and fires in adoption agencies record rooms. I can’t tell you how many adoptees have dealt with this. Now, apparently, this is happening to adoptive parents too.
6. Review: Ghost of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation the author of this book, Soojung Jo, has the most amazing gifts of putting her feelings into words that just sink into your soul, so you almost feel them, if that makes sense. I followed her blog Faith and Illusions years ago, and can imagine how compelling her book will be to read.
7. Listening to adult adoptees and delving into the use of the term Orphan. Christians, are we being wise with the words orphans and fatherless?
8. Another good post on listening to adult adoptees from ABM and how being open to listening is a good thing. From Closed to Open
9. They were told their babies had died. Now, these black women wonder: Was it a lie? A follow-up to an article about the mother who’d been told her baby died. Yesterday, I read some of the comments on the Washington Post article (shakes head) but I wanted to specifically note – adoption agencies typically didn’t (and still don’t) advertise for, prospect too, or look for adoptive black parents like they did for white adoptive parents. There are some agencies like Spence Chapin, who do now.
10. To end this post – please go to Gazillion Strong and support the goal of getting retroactive citizenship for the international adoptees whose parents failed them, by failing to get them their US Citizenship. This needs to be fixed before yet another adoptee gets deported back to their home country they haven’t lived in since they were little ones, leaving behind; family, spouses and children. My reaction still is WTH was Congress thinking, and why hasn’t this been fixed in the last 15 years. It just has to stop. Amendment to the Child Citizen Act of 2000
Feel free to add in the comments what you’re reading. Have a good weekend, be kind to yourself.