• 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 Due to lack of public support and misinformation based outdated beliefs about the adoption process, year after year, this bills fail to become laws.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.

Join me in the New York  Screening of “Breeders: A Subclass of Women?” on June 18th

Adoption and Surrogacy; Asking the Hard Questions

New Documentary Bravely Probes Surrogacy’s Complexities and Dangers As I have long said that there is a strong correlation between what happens in surrogacy and what happens in adoption, so  a film like Breeders is very important. It is an  honest look at the risks of surrogate mothers and the commoditization of fertility and pregnancy, egg donations, and assisted reproductive technology in regard to human rights violations and women’s empowerment. Surrogacy is making all the same mistakes that have been made in adoption and have not yet learned from the past decades of education and awareness because the two have been seen as separate, but it’s really not very different.

About Breeders: A Subclass of Women?

Breeders Trailer (30 Sec) from CBC Network on Vimeo.

Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. We KNOW that many adoption attorneys are reporting that most of their income is shifting to surrogacy representation. But, like adoption, the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. The film asks the hard questions: What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one?

Announcing New York and Washington DC Screenings of “Breeders”

The Manhattan screening of “Breeders: A Subclass of Women?” will be at the BowTie Chelsea Cinema at 260 West 23rd Street, New York, NY at 7:00 p.m. To Purchase Tickets please go to:  http://bit.ly/1kQ17MP

I do hope that you will consider joining me in NYC for the film screening! The film is at 7:00 pm and it would be great to meet up before hand. I have already seen it as I reviews/ endorsed early on so I can tell you that it is VERY well done, though expect to be triggered.

Please RSVP on the FB event!

The Washington, D.C., screening of “Breeders: A Subclass of Women?” will be at the Landmark Theater‘s Theater #4 at 555 11th St. NW in Washington, D.C. at 7:00 p.m.  To Purchase Tickets, please go to http://bit.ly/RhV6hR. And RSVP on the FB Event!

Tickets are only  $10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee).

If you can’t make it to NYC or DC, there are other screenings across the US of Breeders and you could also host one! In addition, the DVD of Breeders is also available and can be purchased. Or you can get it on demand on Vimeo too! 

Order Breeders Below! Tell them Claud Sent you!

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The Third-Party Reproduction Trilogy includes all three of our films on third-party reproduction: Eggsploitation, Anonymous Father’s Day, and Breeders


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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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4 Responses to Join me in the New York  Screening of “Breeders: A Subclass of Women?” on June 18th

  1. Poll says:

    Follow the $$. Where does the money come from to fund the institute? Who pays the salaries?

    Look at the funders. Look for connections with Opus Dei.

    Of course the funders are opposed to all ART and birth control that is not the rhythm method.

    This is what our allies want:

    One mama, one papa, no birth control–esp. the pill or IUDs, no abortion (they think it’s murder), no ART , no gay couples.

  2. Poll says:

    well, not my allies – meant to say Your Allies.

    I’m not someone who’d ally with Opus Dei types.

  3. Poll says:

    You know the anti-abortion people who picket clinics? Who yell names? Who bully? Who swarm women entering clinics? Because they morally disagree. And they justify their behaviour by claiming they are “saving the children?”

    Congrats! Guess who is Just Like Them.

    (Only they’re more politically saavy.)

    Do they stop abortions through bulling tactics? Nope. Do they polarize the discussion and discredit themselves? Yep.

    “Wow, these people are insane and terrible. Wow, just wow”
    Master Luke

    Gotta be a more effective way to block people instead of doing it one at a time.
    Master Luke

    People are the worst.
    Bandit @banditref

    It’s so sad that people think that a keyboard allows them to personally attack others.

    What’s worse the only thing they have done is convince people that their whole cause as a group is horrible.

    Anyway, no more fundraisers for cancer research or any other cause from me or the LB, it’s not worth putting up with the awful people.

  4. Poll says:

    All right. I’m outta here now.

    Final thoughts:

    You all need to figure something out.

    Do you want to do effective activism? Or do you want to process your rage on the internet.

    You can’t do both.

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