Posts

Showing posts from March, 2017

WHIO Reports on Adoption in the Miami Valley

Image
I was really excited to be included in the WHIO Reports segment called Adoption in the Miami Valley (Go here to see it).  Senator Bill Beagle, Adoptee Becky Drinnen and myself were all chosen for our involvement with Adoption Network Cleveland and their efforts to change a law that disallowed a group of adopted people access to their own records. The show was in response to the new law and to acknowledge the two-year anniversary of the opening of birth certificates and adoption files on March 20, 2017.  I am so pleased to have this story in the media and even more pleased that it was local to where I live and grew up.




The video  you see during the show is (above) from the documentary called An Adoptee Roared in Ohio by Jean Strauss that tells the story of Betsie Norris, Executive Director of Adoption Network Cleveland.  I urge you to watch the whole thing.  There is a twist in the story that we didn't have time to get into in the show; however, Betsie's dad, an attorney, was …

Advice to Adoptees Receiving Their Original Birth Certificates

Image
Senator Bill Beagle, Adoptee Becky Drinnen and myself visited the studio of WHIO yesterday  for a taping of the show, "Adoption in the Miami Valley" which will air March 26, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
I hope you will watch!


Adopted Son Wants to Live with Biological Mother

Image
Question:  Our 14-year old son, who was adopted by open adoption, now wants to go live with his biological mother.  She was completely out of the picture until a couple of years ago when she suddenly showed up, telling us that she'd completely changed her life and wanted to re-establish contact with "her" son.  At first, it was just phone calls. Then she asked for daytime visits, then overnights.  Then he wanted to go on vacation with her last summer.  In the meantime, he's become more and more difficult to live with -- moody and disrespectful, mostly and his grades have taken a nose dive.  He's told us he doesn't want to live with us anymore.  I think he believes there will be no rules with her and he'll be able to eat ice cream all day long, figuratively speaking. What should we do?  (2.27.17 Triblive.com)
Read John Rosemond's reply here
My reply below:









My book recommendation to both John Rosemond and this adoptive family.


Read about the editor and …