An Invisible Adoption?

May 4th, 2007

In a recent post of Sandra's, she mentions the possibility of a family wanting an "invisible adoption." Her comment triggered some thoughts on the mere concept of an invisible adoption. I wonder how much the adoptions of the past followed this theory? I am aware that in the past some so-called "experts" agreed with the theory of adopting a child who would look like the rest of the family. On the surface, the idea of adopting a child who would feel as though they fit in by looking like everyone else might make some sense. However, I wonder how much of a temptation to carry the invisible adoption theory even further might be. Closed adoptions definitely can make the birth parents invisible. Except… [more]

Colorado Adoption Project

March 25th, 2007

The stated purpose of this project: The purpose of the CAP is to study both nature and nurture, to determine the genetic predispositions as well as the environmental influences that contribute to traits such as intelligence, personality, and behavior. The Colorado Adoption Project ("CAP") is beginning its 31st year, and is therefore one of the longest running such studies in the United States. When I first began to study adoption during reunion, I kept discovering what I perceived to be amazing revelations. My notable discoveries turned out to be not as unknown as they appeared to me at first blush. After awhile,I eventually reached the conclusion that there was a great deal of information available, but I just had not known about… [more]

Abandoned Child in Italy: Part of a Long History

January 3rd, 2007

ItalyMany states in the US have what are called Safe Haven laws where a Mother can take a child to a hospital, fire house or police station within a certain amount of time after delivery and face no charges of abandonment. These laws are widely controversial for many reasons. But I'm not here to talk about the US state of Safe Haven law. Instead, we're going to look at a recent, similar happening in Italy, how they feel about birth parents, and what their laws say about the matter. Here's the story. A child was abandoned, in the cold. The hospital which the child, Giada, was taken, received many calls for inquiries about adoption as well as offerings of clothes. It gets interested when the… [more]

A History Lesson: How the Third Reich Affected Adoption

November 5th, 2006

SadnessI usually try to stick to writing about what I personally understand and/or have experienced. I like to have the first hand frame of reference when sharing information. To me, it makes it seem more genuine. Yet, every so often, a story about adoption pops out of nowhere and into my inbox (thanks go Google alerts) and I am moved to tears. We often hear about the Baby Scoop era here in the United States. (For more on the time frame, read Ann Fessler's book, The Girls Who Went Away.) As Americans, we often think that our own history is the only one that we need to learn. However, so much can be learned when we look to the histories of others and consider their achievements… [more]