January 4, 2011
When a colleague at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute suggested about a year ago that I write a blog, I responded with (how shall I put this gently?) respectful skepticism. Why on earth, I asked, does anyone need yet another voice in the growing chorus of activists, birth and adoptive parents, adopted persons and adoption professionals expressing their views about the array of concerns that affect our lives? What could I possibly add to the mix?
When the publisher of my forthcoming book suggested a few months ago that I write a blog, I replied with the same questions and, at first, I politely declined. Then an answer hit me, which I’ll explain in this initial commentary and will strive to put into practice in subsequent ones.
Here’s the idea: Rather than focusing primarily on my fellow travelers in the adoption world, I’ll use my bit of cyber real estate to explain why everyone – repeat everyone – should care about adult adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates, post-adoption services, birthmother rights, family reunification, older youth aging out of foster care, the nose-dive of adoptions from abroad, gay and lesbian parenting, and a host of other issues that most people assume are too narrow or unimportant for them to think about, or simply are about somebody else. Continue reading