Media Coverage

There have been hundreds of articles and news clips done about adoption issues in recent years, including reviews of films like ADOPTED: for the life of me. Here is a selection of news clips which will provide further background about the legislative issue of adoptee access and the debate about surrounding the reversal of sealed records laws, as well as past articles about filmmaker/writer Jean Strauss.

FILM REVIEWS

New Jersey Star Ledger - June 2010
NJ debates opening records to adoptees - Identity and privacy key issues in bill. This article announcing the film's New Jersey premiere, also highlights the legislative battle in New Jersey and the 2010 bill already passed by the state Senate and now moving through the Assembly.

NJ Home News Tribune - June 2010
Film Chronicles Adoptee's Plight. Highlighting the situation that New Jersey adoptees like 67 year old Joe DeGironimo face. Joe, who appears in the film "For the Life of Me", has searched for his birthmother for twenty-five years but has been hampered by not knowing her name. His story, upon finally learning his birthmother's identity, unfolds during the film.



THE ISSUE

Huffington Post Op-Ed by Jean Strauss, November 30, 2010
Absurd Dilemmas Caused by Secrets in Closed Adoptions
Read the article and take some time to read the comments and let your voice be part of the dialogue.


Birth Mother, First Mother Forum - December 19, 2010
ADOPTED: for the life of me illustrates how sealed records hurt.

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CBS evening news anchor Katie Couric cites the Evan B. Donaldson Report on providing records to adoptees on her notebook segment.

 

Joel, age 74, is the first adopted citizen in the state of Illinois to receive his original birth certificate following passage of access legislation in 2010. In this short film made by Jerry Peck, Joel personally receives his OBC from Governor Quinn.

Graying Adoptees Still Searching for their Identities
(3:27)  ABC-TV online examines how adoptees who are denied access to their origins are an aging portion of the population. This well written article by Susan James Donaldson underscores the need for reform.


Mistaken Identity Shatters Family Reunion
05:19
| 10/28/2009

Man seeks the son he gave up as an infant, but records lead to the wrong child.

 

Family History a Powerful, Underused Health Tool.

Learning about your family tree is the best genetic tool to predict cancer risks, study finds.


The Donaldson Report

The Evan B. Donaldson Institute is the only independent institute providing research on adoption issues today. For more information about their work, or to read the comprehensive version of "For the Records II" which was released July 2010, visit: www.adoptioninstitute.org


Elizabeth Samuel
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The Idea of Adoption: An Inquiry Into the History of Adult Adoptee Access to Birth Records.

THE FILMMAKER


USA TODAY Op-Ed - March 2008
In Juno, adoption pain is left on cutting room floor





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