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Read an adoptee's first person account of reuniting with her birthmother.

Rebecca Carroll

Sarah Saffian's birthmother called her out of the blue and wanted to meet. Sarah, a bright, confident and emotionally healthy young woman, decided that yes, she would like to meet her birthmother, but on her own terms. They wrote letters to start, and when Sarah felt they'd been able to get to know each other some that way, she agreed to meet in person. In my opinion, as a fellow adoptee with my own birth reunion story, I always think of Sarah's story as an example of doing it the right way.

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  • Claudia Corrgan D'Arcy

    Was a good reunion book based on the adoptee perspective. Of course, Sarah was lucky that she could have a reunion being that she was adopted in NY and NY is one of the 44 US states with sealed original birth certificates. There are bills currently in Albany that would allow adoptees like Sarah and yourself to be restored your civil rights to your identity. And then on a national level there is the Adoptee Rights Coalition's annual Demonstration in Atlanta in August. Google them to find out more.