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 Due to lack of public support and misinformation based outdated beliefs about the adoption process, year after year, this bills fail to become laws.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

Richard Hill – “Finding Family with DNA Testing” & Book Signing

 Adoption & DNA

WHO: The Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society DNA Interest Group with Richard Hill

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 6:30 p.m

WHERE: Columbus Main Library Auditorium – 96 S. Grant St., Columbus OH

WEBSITE:  Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society website!


Richard Hill – “Finding Family with DNA Testing” & Book Signing

Speaker Richard Hill discovered genetic genealogy in the course of his long search for his biological ancestors. He will introduce us to several forms of DNA testing as he shares the fascinating story of his personal odyssey.
His presentation, complete with many photos and illustrations, has been well received by genealogy associations, civic groups, and the 7th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy sponsored by Family Tree DNA.
Come for an enjoyable and educational evening-

Learn How to Use DNA to Complete an Adoption Search

Richard helps  adoptees (and genealogists) understand their DNA testing options through his web site: DNA-Testing-Adviser.com All his information and advice are free. People interested in DNA testing order directly from the labs.

He also has a book: Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA

DNA is also helping adoptees reunite with birth families. The Wall Street Journal reported  Richard’s successful adoption search in a front page article. Hetells the entire story, including a new ending based on the latest genetic genealogy tests, in his book.

Lost Daughter’s blogger Lynn Grubb wrote a wonderful review of it on the Lost Daughters blog.

There’s an entire section about his book with blogger reviews etc. that can be reached directly through this link: http://FindingFamilyBook.com

A Great Free Opportunity for Ohio Adoptees  Searching

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Musings of the Lame was started in 2005 primarily as a simple blog recording the feelings of a birthmother as she struggled to understand how the act of relinquishing her first newborn so to adoption in 1987 continued to be a major force in her life. Built from the knowledge gained in the adoption community, it records the search for her son and the adoption reunion as it happened. Since then, it has grown as an adoption forum encompassing the complexity of the adoption industry, the fight to free her sons adoption records and the need for Adoptee Rights, and a growing community of other birthmothers, adoptive parents and adopted persons who are able to see that so much what we want to believe about adoption is wrong.
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4 Responses to Richard Hill – “Finding Family with DNA Testing” & Book Signing

  1. Richard Hill says:

    Thank you so much for posting about my presentation in Columbus. I look forward to meeting adoptees and anyone else interesting in finding lost family through DNA testing.

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