November - National Adoption Month

October is breast cancer, I didn't know it but November is National Adoption Month. Click on the link if you are interested in the report that came out. I have read it a couple times and I agree with it 100%.

Key points..
Adopted persons are the only individuals in the United States who, as a class, are not permitted to routinely obtain their original birth certificates. This prohibition on access to one's personal information raises significant civil rights concerns, particularly given the growing understanding of the need to know one's history, heritage, medical and genealogical data.

THIS is what it is about:
"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning; no matter what our attainments in life, there is the most disquieting loneliness."

-- Alex Haley (Roots)

I agree, at any age we are still treated as children. Missouri has some of the most strict laws. I hope to see changes in my lifetime.


Anonymous said...

My hubby was adopted and although it took a long time we were able to use the internet and other connections to find his BirthMom. It has been tough getting to know her because we feel it disrupts her current family's life and that has never been Hubby's intent.
I have never met my bio-father, Mom has never really been willing to share that part of her life with me.

Pumpkin said...

Having never met my biological father, or my step sister and brother that I know exist, I can definitely attest to the fact that there is always that yearning to 'know' where you came from. I agree with the report too, it's something that needs to be changed absolutely!

R. Sherman said...


Thanks for stopping by my blog. You're welcome any time.

I enjoyed your Mizzou pictures. I'm a proud grad and am still giddy with this year's success. I hope it carries over into basketball season.

As for adoption secrecy, there should be a clearing house for health related information to be maintained for children who are adopted. Surely, a central clearing house could be used to maintain privacy for the birth parents, yet provide needed and perhaps life saving information to their children.

I wish you luck in that endeavor.