Thursday, July 15, 2010
A Memory: When my Adoptive Family Went Broke
When I was a young girl, I watched the short, Christian movie "Gerbert: Before my First Day Began." The main character, Gerbert the puppet, learned he was adopted, just like he had adopted his stuffed lion named "Roary." The lesson of the movie is that Gerbert had received a better life because his mother had put him up for adoption.
Photo credit: Daniel St.Pierre
Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, MSS, LSW is a social worker, author, and speaker serving the adoption community through individual and family clinical work, groups, writing and teaching, and policy advocacy. She has participated in more than a dozen publishing projects, including authoring, The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist. Amanda is the founder of Lost Daughters, a collaborative writing project featuring more than 30 adopted women, and the founder of Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights, a grassroots policy advocacy movement. Amanda was featured as an activist by Yahoo!Voices in 2009, and is listed in Adoptive Families Magazine’s Top 20 Adoption Blogs.surrounding systems.