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Let your words and actions speak loud and clear & hashtag it #NAdoptAM in November

It’s (the industry declared) “National Adoption Awareness Month” again.
We Bastards and (original) families have little choice but to be “aware” of adoption and our adopted status every day of the year,  but it’s long overdue we bring some of our kind of “awareness” to the industry’s adoption marketing attempts.
Thus for the month of November, those [...]

Rejected under Illinois’ new adoptee birth certificate “access” law? Not allowed to register in the IARMIE?

Now that Illinois’ disastrous HB 5428 has been signed into law, (it’s now known as PA 96-0895) simply by looking at the new law it becomes clear, some untold number of adoptees will have their requests for their original birth certificates, or attempts to register with the registry rejected by the state. Yet the [...]

Maine restores rights, records access, but once again, adds an odious “contact preference” form

LD 1084, An Act To Provide Adult Adoptees Access to Their Original Birth Certificates took effect today in Maine.
In 1953 Maine took away adopted [...]

Announcing SECA- Stop Encouraging Child Abandonment, working to repeal the legalized child abandonment laws

(Please distribute freely, keeping links intact.)
Last Friday, December 5th, 2008, the SECA web-page finally went live. (
SECA, short for “Stop Encouraging Child Abandonment,” is a concept that has been a long time coming.
From the first of the legalized child abandonment laws passed in 1999 until now, efforts to repeal and stop the dump laws have [...]

ARD- Morning after media coverage , Afternoon Photo UPDATE

Well, so I’ve had multiple people tugging my sleeve asking me if I know anything about what happened with the Adoptee Rights Demonstration (ARD) yesterday. (I suppose that’s because ARD itself has left it’s last website update from June 30th on their front page and nothing further.)
These ‘tugs’ are nothing if not ironic as I’m [...]

ARD- Another from the “I hate being right” category- the ‘messaging’ disaster

Mere days ago, two to be exact, I said the following in this post, ARD- This morning’s Adoptee Rights Demonstration webpage update and what the loss of BN means, speaking of the current state of the Adoptee Rights Demonstration with the mostly new set of organizers going forward (I’ll quote at length because it [...]