Professional Rabble Rouser and Online Activist
Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy has been online and involved in the adoption community since early in 2001. She originally began independently researching adoption issues in preparation of the successful search and reunion with her own son, Max, whom was placed for adoption in 1987.
Growing Online as a Birthmother
From humble beginnings on the now defunct Adoption Cafe and MSN Group Adoption Message boards, her knowledge of adoption and the internet grew together. From forums, to blogs, to the rise in social networking, Claudia has continued to see the internet as a powerful tool that allows isolated communities to find each other and, most importantly, find their voices and be heard. She has become a forerunner in the use of social networking for the online adoption community.
Musings of the Lame has become a much needed road map for many mothers who relinquished, adoptees who long to be heard, and adoptive parents who seek understanding.
Adoption to Corporations and Back to Adoption Again
Professionally, her work with the adoption community lead her to a career as a corporate blogger and SEO copywriter. Her writings have been published under many pen names.
She is the former the Director of Social Media at DragonSearch, an internet marketing firm in the Hudson Valley. In July 2012, she left this position to focus full time on the needs of the adoption community and launch her own consulting business with Adopting Social. This life change allows her to practice what she preaches to her clients; follow your passions, be real, and you never know where you might end up.
Indeed, the internet has opened many new doors to adventures for Claudia, both privately and professionally. Hence, why the ROI of social media is not something that can be measured.
The Journey Cannot Be Measured
Since becoming active, Claudia also initiated a search for her son adopted at birth. She later found and contacted Max directly through MySpace in 2005, long before Facebook became the adoption search tool of choice. After almost 2 years of contact, they met for the first time in March ’07. All four of her children were reunited later the same year.
Besides here on Musings of the Lame, her writings on adoption issue have been published in The New York Times, BlogHer, Divine Caroline, Adoption Today Magazine, Adoption Constellation Magazine, Adopt-a-tude.com, Lost Mothers, Grown in my Heart, Adoption Voice Magazine, and many others. She is a member of the Land of a Gazillion Adoptees team and serves on the board of directors of the Adoptee Rights Coalition.
She has been interviewed by Dan Rather, Montel Williams and appeared on Huffington Post regarding adoption as well as presented at various adoption conferences, other radio and print interviews over the years. Most recently, she authored a piece for The New York Times’s parenting blog, becoming the first birthmother published on the Motherlode.
She resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, Rye, children, and various pets.
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Read the latest posts from Claud below:
Imagine finding out that your mother ALMOST placed you for adoption. Almost. But she didn’t read more…
It seems that Santa’ Claus’ birthmother, like many birthmothers, she went for what she perceived as “better”, leaving the child originally on the Burgermeister Meisterburger’s front steps. No home study there and we hope he would not have passed the psychological components as he was holding on to just a little bit of anger. read more…
So when you help Cassi be a more successful author by buy “Playing with Fire”, then you put money in her pocket, which in turn, puts money in my bank account, which then allows me to spend more time sitting in fort of the computer all day doing what I do exposing Adoption Truths! read more…
With 18 million people affected by adoption., 1.7 million families affected by military deployment, 26% of kids raised with a sole caregiver, 500,000 kids in foster care, 2,500,000 families affected by incarceration, 200,000 families affect by deportations.. yet togetherness is an American Family Value? read more…
If children are a gift from God then the Birthmother is a regifter!!! Now I don’t know about you, but when you consider adoption to be regifting what God gives you, then I dare say it’s a bit tacky and, again based on my limited churchgoing self, might annoy him when he finds out ( as is unavoidable) that you went and regifted your baby. read more…
Maybe you or she or even some well meaning friends might suggest that your daughter relinquish this baby to adoption and this will, no matter what you might have been lead to believe or what you might read in most publications, will NOT allow her to continue life as planned. By encouraging or supporting your daughter to relinquish her baby to adoption you are, in a most literally, sense helping to destroy the child you now know as your daughter. read more…
We are the kept children, the siblings of the one that got away. We didn’t experience the trauma. We are not the rock and we are not the water. We are THE RIPPLE EFFECT. We are the ones who grew up with damaged parents and phantom brothers and sisters. read more…
Philomena might enlighten folks about adoption “then” but the same audience thinks adoption is all like “Juno” now. It’s one movie depicting one women’s story to find her son stolen by adoption, not the Holy Grail in AdoptionLand. read more…
Thought I would share the newsletter from Access Connecticut….Important News from ACCESS CT on Adoptee Rights and the fight to free adoption records in CT and OBC access. Meeting this week Dec 7th! read more…
- When: May 29-31, 2014
- Where: New Conference Site: D’Angelo Center, St. John’s Campus Queens, New York
- Who: Adoption Initiative at St. John’s University in Collaboration with Montclair State University
I was alerted yesterday of a group film discussion in the Sarasota, Florida area surrounding the film “Philomena”. It’s at 7pm at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL lead by an adoptive mother. We need VOICES! read more…
Help needing making a running list of the particular bad professionals in adoption; bad adoption agencies, rotten adoption attorneys, pushy adoption facilitators, recruiters, etc read more…
Little did I know when I made up the rainbow vomiting gnome #NAAM2013 shirts the word “barely” survived would be appropriate for me. read more…
I could not stand to see nonstop “Yeah Adoption” posts or images or news articles. And 30 days of adoption activism was NOT scheduled and so it just went quiet. read more…