• A Must Read List for Adoption Truths

    • In many states across the USA including New York, Adoptee Rights bills are introduced to state legislators year after year. Due to lack of public support and misinformation based outdated beliefs about the adoption process, year after year, this bills fail to become laws.

    • I am a product of this experiment. I was born on December 24th, 1988 and I was soon transferred from one mother to another because my first mother, known throughout my life as my birth mother, wasn’t married to my birth father. She was 16 years old and still in high school.

    • I was 14 when I learned I was pregnant and my life changed forever. Once I’d gotten that fateful news, I tried to imagine what it would be like to have a baby; I wondered if I’d be able to finish school, would I be able to give my baby the life she deserved?

    • So How Do We Fix Adoption in the USA? Domestic Voluntary Infant Adoption is what we are discussing here. Women facing and unplanned pregnancy and “choose” adoption rather than parenting. If you aren’t aware of adoption facts, then you might not be aware of the need for reform.

    • There are some facts about adoption that, really, you cannot dispute unless you are just trying to purposely to stay ignorant regarding the facts of infant adoption in this country. Adoption is, in its perfect form, suppose to be about finding homes for children that need them, not about finding children for parents that want them.

    • What Happens to the Numbers of Adoptable Infants in the USA if We Compare to Australia? IF the USA had similar adoption practices to Australia and supported mothers, in the US we would have only 539 Voluntary Domestic Infant relinquishments annually give or take.

    • The relinquishment and subsequent adoption of my son was actually picture perfect. I am a perfect example of exactly what adoption is when it works just as it is suppose to.The adoption of my son was perfect, I did everything the “right” way and still; the adoption of my son caused unnecessary pain and was wrong. This is way I speak out against adoption today.

    • Adoption was almost more like a crack that happened in my soul. A crack that that I thought and was encouraged to believe that would be temporary or always below the surface. Over time, the rest of life worked it’s way in, like water in cement and caused the very foundation of myself to crumble.

    • When I relinquished Max, it was suppose to be something that affected ME. Like so many things in adoption, the professionals were wrong. The “gift of adoption” just keep on giving and giving.. the pain has a huge ripple effect that touches every aspect of a woman’s lives including ALL our children.

    • Secondary adoptee rejection is a very real reality in adoption reunions. We all have a different skill set and experiences to handle a reunion.There are many mothers who were simply told to “never speak of this again” and that has proven to be a real unhealthy bit of advice.

    • The simple fact is that it is less than 1% of all relinquishing mothers desire to never set eyes on their children again. So because these 1% mothers another 6 to 8 million people and their children and their children’s children get denied medical histories, get denied their identity, get denied their truth..

    • Most adoption agencies will offer free “birthmother” counseling as part of their adoption services. A true counselor is supposed to advocate for their client, not the organization for which they work. Often adoption counseling is “in agency” and therefore, not really nonpartisan. There is no guarantee that the “counselor” is neutral and actually has the expectant mothers’ best interests at heart.

    • I figured that I would write a post that makes it easier for women to become birthmothers. Hence, here’s a handy guide on how to become more appealing to adoption agencies and ways to ensure that you will place your baby.

Brooklyn New York Adoptee Rights Protest at Helene Weinstein’s Office

Demonstrations in New York Demand Civil Rights and Justice

On Sunday September 29, 2013 members and supporters of New York’s Statewide Adoption Reform Unsealed Initiative gathered at the Brooklyn New York Office of New York State Legislative Representative, Helene E. Weinstein.  Helene Weinstein represents District 41 in the New York State Assembly, which comprises Sheepshead Bay, Flatlands, East Flatbush, Midwood and Canarsie and is the LONE reason why New York state adult  adoptees are continually denied their civil and human rights to access their original birth certificates.

Year after year, Brooklyn Assemblymember Helene Weinstein, Chair of Judiciary Committee, has stepped in to hold A909 from advancing to the assembly floor for a vote. She has stymied New York’s widely supported legislation and continues to say the birth parents were promised confidentiality which is a LIE.

It was time to send a message directly into the home district of Helene Weinstein. Much thanks to Miss Joanie who transported both my dear activist daughter and myself there! Plus as always, a wonderful way to spend a fine Sunday afternoon in NY seeing old friends and meeting others finally offline!! I failed on picture taking, but I did manage a few, poorly composed, shots:

 It’s Time  for New York to Treat Adoptees Equally!

Lead by New York’s  Joyce Bahr, President  of Unsealed Initiative, we met at Marine Park in Brooklyn an marched down to the offices of Helene Weinstein where many hours were spent telling self proclaimed false feminsit, Ms. Weinstein, exactly what she can do with her erroneous opinions!

Oh, we yelled! (though I managed to keep my mouth shut to get this video to be less annoying than my normal horrible taping!)

Weinstein has hers; we want OURS!

What do we want? Our Birth Certificates!  When do we want them? NOW!

Adoptees have the rights to know; Sealed records have got to go!

“Helene Weinstein is a Violator of Human Rights!”

I particularly like what the choice words that Joyce used!

“Helene Weinstein is a violator of Human Rights, Helene Weinstein alone has the power in Albany  to stop our legislation from going to the floor for a vote. Helene Weinstein is a violator of Human Rights”

And of course, the favorite Adoptee Rights Coalition chant:

Born, Adopted, Sealed, Denied!

The History of Sealed Adoption Records

Long time rabble rouser and adoption activist legend Family Preservation Advocate’s own Mirah Riben, gave this wonderful, factual and moving talk which I got on video:

“I’d like to tell the public and Helene Weinstein a little bit about the history of why adoption records were sealed to begin with all across the country and here in New York State.

And the fact of the matter is, if you read the history of adoption which is available easily online and in several good books that were written about it; records were sealed to protect baby brokers.
It started with Georgia Tann in Tennessee. (boooos) It spread to Betsy Bernard right here in the Northeast.   These were Baby Brokers who were twisted arms to get babies as it is still done today. And Baby Brokers and facilitators in the entire Adoption Industry work better under the seal of secrecy. And transparency is their enemy.

And that’s all we are asking for here today is truth and transparency and an end to these antiquated laws that were put into place not to protect mothers, not to protect adoptees, but to protect the Baby Brokers. We need to end this discrimination. And end this despicable practice of protecting those who profit from turning the human beings into commodities to met a demand.”

Help Us Bring the Truth to New York Despite Helene Weinstein!

If you are a New Yorker and do not know the name of James Lane, then you should!  I’ll be writing more about him as he deserves his own post, but he was filming all day yesterday, in Brooklyn, so be sure to check it out!


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Claudia Corrigan DArcy

About Claudia Corrigan DArcy

Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy has been online and involved in the adoption community since early in 2001. Blogging since 2005, her website 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. She is also an activist and avid supporter of Adoptee Rights and fights for nationwide birth certificate access for all adoptees with the Adoptee Rights Coalition. 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 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. She resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, Rye, children, and various pets.
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