Adoption Policy and Reform Collaborative and also founded Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights and Lost Daughters. I co-facilitate an adoption support group for anyone connected to adoption, and am a quarterly contributor to Gazillion Voices Magazine. I am best known for my internationally recognized, award-winning adoption blog, The Declassified Adoptee.
I am the author of The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist (October 2013), and co-editor for Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace (January 2014) and Perpetual Child: Dismantling the Stereotype (November 2013). I am also the foreword author of An-Ya and Her Diary: Parent & Reader Guide (April 2013) and a contributing author to At Issue: Are Adoption Policies Fair? (April 2012).
My writing and work focuses both on the experience of being adopted and on adoption policy. I have testified on adoption policy at the state level and also have engaged with congress. I won multiple awards as a student for my adoption activism. I was also a Yahoo!Voices featured mom activist and was listed in the Top 20 Adoption blogs on the web by Adoptive Families Magazine.
I was born and surrendered to adoption in 1985. After a brief stay in foster care, I was placed with my adoptive parents and legally adopted in 1986 through the largest private adoption agency in the United States. I became "declassified" when I unsealed my original birth certificate and adoption file in 2009. I reunited with my original mother and other members of my original families in 2010. I have two grandparents who were also adopted as young children and multiple other adoption connections through my families by birth, marriage, and adoption.
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