Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

August 16, 2011

DNA Data Bank Useful in Connecting Adoptees and Bioparents


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

DNA DATA BANK USEFUL IN CONNECTING

ADOPTEES AND BIOPARENTS

     Connecting adoptees and bioparents isn’t really about search and reunions, it’s about knowing who you are.

     Linda Hammer, now 54, is founder of Touched by Adoption advocacy group based in Walton, Kentucky. She believes that sometimes connecting adoptees with their bioparents is a life or death situation.

     Through the thousands of adoptees who have located their birth family by using her Web site, weekly radio show, and newspaper column Hammer has seen the profound impact that such reunions have had on people’s lives.

     Hammer wanted to develop a database containing DNA evidence from thousands of people, based on the theory that DNA could help connect the adoptees and birth parents.

     However, there are numerous cases where a paper trail is missing. This prevents adoptees from locating their birth parents. In these cases the genetic fingerprint could be the only way to reunite adoptees with birth parents.

     I myself know at least two situations where this is true. Both bio-moms are seeking their children whom they released for adoption.

     The DNA bank system is expensive. Some persons question its worth.

     The article I found on this in my files was published in August 2004. According to my Internet search, nothing else on Touched by Adoption advocacy group is posted. It seems like Hammer’s group and the DNA idea were announced and then dropped.

     I wonder what happened. If anyone knows, please type the answer in the comment box at the end of this post. I thank you ahead of time.

     I agree with Hammer’s statement that connecting adoptees and bioparents isn’t really about search and reunions, it’s about knowing who you are. I can attest to this fact from personal experience.

SOURCE

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5774567/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/using-dna-reunite-adoptees-parents/

ADDITIONAL READING:

Five States Allow Adoptees Access to Original Birth Certificates

Adoptee Finds Biological Family: Mine

THE SWEETNESS LASTS A LIFETIME!!! An Adoption Reunion Story

Oprah and I: Adoption Reunion Experiences

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1 Comment »

  1. Hi, there are very large databases of DNA going on at FTDNA. There is a search and support groups, and one for AdoptionDNA on yahoo helping people.

    Comment by joannyadoptees — November 17, 2012 @ 11:36 am | Reply


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