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 Due to lack of public support and misinformation based outdated beliefs about the adoption process, year after year, this bills fail to become laws.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

Video Trailers for “Adopted or Abducted?”

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Dan Rather Reports, “Adopted or Abducted?” will devote the entire hour on Tuesday, May 1st to the heartbreaking accounts of women — most of whom were teens at the time — who were forced to hand their babies over for adoption.

In a sweeping and exhaustive six month investigation that spanned from Australia to the United States, producers from Dan Rather Reports conducted nearly one hundred interviews with victims of forced adoptions — some of them speaking for the very first time. What they found was a widespread and shocking practice, even at the height of the sexual revolution in the 1960’s and 70’s when unwed pregnancy was still seen as a disgrace, of babies born out of wedlock forcefully put up for adoption.

Here’s our own KATHY!!!!


After all the housecleaning frenzies, it looks to be that the later stories, aka what I interviewed for, might have been bumped for the opportunity to actually have a reunion on the show.  I will only be disappointed if the end result make it seem like “adoption is different now”.

An investigation into claims by women that they were forced to put their babies up for adoption, many with the knowledge and support of Catholic Charities. It has been a little discussed practice for decades but this special hour-long program will remove the veil of secrecy that has led to emotional trauma for unwed mothers around the world.

Dan Rather Reports airs Tuesdays at 8pm ET on HDNet. “Adopted or Abducted?” airs May 1, 2012.

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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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9 Responses to Video Trailers for “Adopted or Abducted?”

  1. RACHEL says:

    Thanks for telling us about this. It makes this adoptive mama terribly nervous, but we have to be knowledgeable if we’re going to be ethical. I appreciate the resource.

  2. Suz says:

    Kudos to Kathy, you and all you participated. I am anxious to see (but already prepared with many tissues as just reading/watching this post made me cry)

  3. Roni says:

    I’m new here but wanted to put my two cents in…I am SO looking forward to seeing this. I will be outraged if they put the spin of “it isn’t so bad now” at the end!! I have posted these links on my FB to encourage my friends and family to watch and if they DO end it like that all my trying to explain the pain and have understanding will have been not naught Im afraid.

    (just for your info-I am also a first mom of 27 years-in an open adoption)

  4. I certainly hope it doesn’t end that way. I lost my daughter in 1980 and when I did the phone interview with them I was very clear about the tactics used on me – identical to the BSE. Maybe what they’re doing is saving the later stories for a part 2. They did say they wanted to investigate what happens currently. Let’s hope that’s what they’re doing.

  5. Tanya says:

    I saw your story on Yahoo news and clicked on your blog. I am amazed and touched by your story of finding your son. I’m a mom of seven and I can only imagine your experience of not knowing anything about him, but thank you for sharing the story. I’m so glad the two of you were reunited!

  6. Lynn P says:

    I was adopted in 1967 and have always wanted to find my birth parents, but don’t know how. My birth mother was not married and taken to California to have me. Thank you for bringing adoption out of the closet and shining a light. It gives me hope that I might, someday, fins a blood connection on this planet…I feel like I am floating through life alone and incomplete.

  7. Lynn- where are you searching?

  8. I have heard you are not on there- I am so disappointed. I will be trying to get it on i tunes. How are you doing?

  9. LReynolds says:

    I’m a adoptee the adoption process in the USA is barbaric , callous and most of all criminal. I’m a human being who obviously had the misfortune of beind adopted so I am not entitled to obtain information regarding my medical history etc. I’ve spent money countless hours attempting to locate Birthparents. I’m going to petition the courts to open my records considering I must provide good cause to the judge who determines if my cause is worthy . I doubt that my ten year old grandson has duchennes muscular dystrophy be suffient. What a conflict of interest . The judges are a part of this process called closed adoption. I will continue to search despite the hopelessness and pain I endure on a daily basis as a result of being adopted. No one should have to live with this you will never know unless youre adopted.

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