Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 2, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS 2011

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:  FAMILY

     Today is my new sister’s birthday. So it is appropriate that the topic for this week’s weekly WordPress photo challenge is family. The first photo I’m posting is not one taken by me. It is the photo that was sent to me on January 19, 2011, the day I first spoke to Darlene:

     To complete the picture, I am including another photograph— (more…)

November 14, 2011

Benninghoff’s PA H. B. 963 re Open Adoption Records

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BENNINGHOFF’S PENNSYLVANIA H. B. 963

RE OPEN ADOPTION RECORDS

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TAKE ACTION!

ISSUE:

MAKING PENNSYLVANIA’S ADOPTION RECORDS

AVAILABLE TO ADULT ADOPTEES

Action Needed to Schedule a PA. HB 963 Hearing: Adoption

November is National Adoption Month

November 21 is National Adoption Day

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Pennsylvanians can take action on the issue of open adoption records for adult adoptees. For how-to details click on the above link.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • write to your legislators if you are in-state (how-to in above link)
  • write to the legislators if you are out of state but were born and released for adoption in Pennsylvania (how-to in above link)
  • pass the word: include the links above and below in your social networks—Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

Posts on adoption are in the adoption categories on my two blog sites: 

http://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/category/adoption-2/

https://carolyncholland2011.wordpress.com/category/adoption-2/

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Adoptee Finds Biological Family: Mine

Oprah and I: Adoption Reunion Experiences

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

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www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com

September 25, 2011

Sibling Classes for Adults Who Discover Each Other

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SIBLING CLASSES FOR ADULTS

WHO DISCOVER EACH OTHER

A sibling class for children ages 2-7, whose families are expecting a new baby, will be offered…

     This is a routine advertisement in the Southwestern Pennsylvania community.  for similar classes are published  frequently.

     However, I’ve never seen an advertisement for classes that apply to my situation:

      A class for adult siblings who have discovered each other after childhood has passed.

     Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were guidelines for relationships to initiate when long-lost siblings discover each other?

     I’ve been through this situation twice—once with (more…)

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 (more…)

May 17, 2011

Celebrating a Birthday

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY

     It was a wonderful evening—several local persons gathered at my home to celebrate the birthday of my daughter, Sandy. I had asked her what she wanted for dinner, and she told me, “a roast.” After checking my freezer I discovered I needed to run to the store to purchase one, and I purchased some fresh veggies—snow peas, asparagus—to add to the meal that also included potatoes and carrots. The house smelled delicious all afternoon! I had also purchased (more…)

May 4, 2011

Open Adoption Issues in Pennsylvania

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

OPEN ADOPTION ISSUES IN PENNSYLVANIA

     Below is a comment I made on the following site, http://paadopteenews.blogspot.com/2011/03/introducing-hb-963-how-you-can-help.html after learning about Pennsylvania House Bill 963, introduced by Rep. Benninghoff, which authorizes the Pennsylvania Bureau of Vital Statistics to disclose the original or amended copy of a birth certificate upon the written request of an adoptee age 18 or older.(NOTE: the comment does not appear to have taken.) To read a copy of the bill introduced by Benninghoff click on: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billnbr=0963&pn=1031

     Understanding adoptions from the vantage point of having done adoption home studies, foster parented biomoms who plan to release their child for adoption, counseling adoptees, being an adoptive parent, and having recently united with a sibling released for adoption, I must say I favor open adoption laws.

     People have a need to know who they are. Knowledge of both the good and the not so good aids this process. Without the information there is always a gap. Perhaps that  is why there are so many persons (more…)

March 27, 2011

Why I Haven’t Written About Meeting My Sister

Filed under: ADOPTION,JOURNALING & MEMOIRS — carolyncholland @ 11:25 pm

     CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

     WHY I HAVEN’T WRITTEN ABOUT MEETING MY SISTER

     “I’ve been watching your blog, and looking for the story of your meeting with your sister,” my husband’s niece Valerie said.

    Others have asked me the same question. The answer is a two-parter.

     First, I have hosting  virulant flu bug, and have done little  writing since returning home from the Chicago area. Only now am I even attempting to write. I just cannot seem to evict this resident who came uninvited.

     Second, unlike the uninvited guest I am hosting, my new-found sister, Darlene, and her husband graciously hosted my husband and I for five nights. Because I haven’t been writing, I haven’t written that story. However, when I do write, it, it will not be posted immediately. I will hold back until Darlene meets our other siblings. I don’t want it said that I influenced their opinion in any way.

     So the story is on hold. It will be posted when the time is right.

February 25, 2011

Should Adult Adoptees Have Access to Original Birth Records?

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SHOULD ADULT ADOPTEES HAVE ACCESS

TO ORIGINAL BIRTH RECORDS?

My history includes both being an adoption caseworker and a foster parent for unwed pregnant women placing their children for adoption . It also includes my being the mother of an officially adopted child, an aunt to another adopted child, and the parent of an unofficially adopted child.

     Now it includes something more: being the sibling of a child my parents released for adoption.

     Because of these experiences, I am interested in both sides of the issue of adoptees access to their original birth records.

     My new-found sister found me due to two factors:

  • she was born New Hampshire, a state that has made original records available birth records available to adoptees since 2005 (provided the adoptee was born and adopted in the state)
  • my writing blog site, www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com, which has a category posting our mother’s writings

     One of the hottest current adoption controversies, in the United States and globally, is whether adoptees should have (more…)

February 23, 2011

Five States Allow Adoptees Access to Original Birth Certificates

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

FIVE STATES ALLOW ADOPTEES ACCESS TO ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES

 As Maine Goes, so Goes the Nation

     On January 2, 2009, a new Maine law—LD 1084—went into effect. It allows adult adoptees adopted in the state to have access to their original birth certificate. Other states giving legal access of records to adult adoptees are (more…)

January 24, 2011

Adoptee Finds Biological Family: Mine

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

January 24, 2011–7:30 a.m.: -5 degrees. hazy sky

Edwards, New York: -22 degrees

ADOPTEE FINDS BIOLOGICAL FAMILY: MINE

I’m not sure HOW I found you and not sure where to write this, but PLEASE CONTACT ME. My mother is adopted, and I recently helped her get her REAL birth certificate (she was denied in earlier years) and we JUST got her REAL birth certificate…

     I have a spam message, I told my husband disgustedly, as I read the above on www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. It’s emphases and repetition—this comment was repeated three times last Wednesday, January 19, certainly had the earmarks of being spam. I fully expected (more…)