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National Adoption Month Draws to a Close

Today is the last day of November, also known as National Adoption Month, and I feel like pouring myself a glass of champagne and then maybe crying into the bubbles. Originally created to call attention to plight of children in foster care, National Adoption month is a particularly harrowing time for birthmothers who are bombarded by media accounts of adoption that don’t reflect the birthmother reality or perspective. National Adoption Month was never meant as a platform for touting infant adoption or foreign adoption or crowd funding for adoption, and I dare say that anyone involved in the foster care system is unlikely to be so delusional as to promote adoption as one big happiness fest. Yet, all of that has somehow elbowed its way onto the stage of National Adoption Month.

And now it’s over. Of course as the media spotlight dims, all of adoption’s worst practices will carry on behind the curtain and the fight against them must continue. Education is key. I’ve only recently found my voice as a birthmother, and in the coming year, I hope for the courage  to speak out when the opportunity arises. I’m most grateful to Carrie Goldman and her series 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days as a venue to tell my personal story.  “Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series featured guest posts by people with widely varying experiences,” and there’s an awful lot of good reading to be found. My essay, in case you missed it, can be found here.

Oh, and did you know that tomorrow is National Pie Day? I think I can get behind that pretty wholeheartedly.


Another Essay Published

Today is the release date for the anthology Saying Goodbye. I have an essay in it called “Holding Him Softly”–it’s about handing my son over to the adoption agency when I was 17 and he was was just a few days old.

The book is a satisfying mix of essays that are sad and funny.  It would be a great gift for someone who is moving, retiring, graduating, grieving–saying goodbye to people, places, or things.

Holding Cory

I got another essay published last week. And to make it even sweeter, my friend Elizabeth Aquino has a piece in the same issue.
Elizabeth’s piece is titled, Thoughts on a Picture of Sophie in a Silver Frame. She’s a wonderful writer with a fabulous blog–
My piece is called Holding Cory.