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Things I’ve Shared Lately

sunpaisley-insideMy blog has been neglected these days but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things! Here are some things that caught my eye in the past month:

And please remember, the Annual Toy Swap is this Sunday! My kind landlord was able to come to an agreement with me to allow me access to the office next door to mine to accommodate the swap. If you have early drop-offs, I’ll be there Saturday afternoon and/or evening so contact me if you want to drop things off early. My office is on the lower level but there is an elevator if you need it. Details about the toy swap are here.





American Adoption Congress

American Adoption CongressThe American Adoption Congress is an advocacy organization promoting legislation and ethical professional practice that encourages connection between adopted people and their birth families.

Their mission statement reads:

The American Adoption Congress is comprised of individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform. We represent those whose lives are touched by adoption or other loss of family continuity.

We promote honesty, openness and respect for family connections in adoption, foster care and assisted reproduction. We provide education for our members and professional communities about the lifelong process of adoption. We advocate legislation that will grant every individual access to information about his or her family and heritage.

The AAC is often critical of current adoption practice and works hard to educate the public about these issues in part through their national conferences. In 2013, this conference will take place in Cleveland Ohio so this is your chance to take part in this terrific educational opportunity. You can learn more about the upcoming event here.

In honor of National Adoption Month, you can join the AAC at a discounted rate:

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Membership includes these benefits: Subscription to the Decree, the AAC’s quarterly publication with news, book reviews, and the latest adoption research; discounts to national and regional conferences; access to members-only website content; and the terrific feeling knowing that you are supporting legislative reform to provide adult adopted persons access to their original birth certificates. Please consider joining the ACA today!

A Girl Like Her — Ann Fessler in Columbus

Ann FesslerYou are invited to join the Ohio Birthparent Group when they present Ann Fessler hosting a showing of her documentary, A Girl Like Her. In honor of OBG’s second anniversary and National Adoption Month, director Ann Fessler (a graduate of The Ohio State University) introduces this screening and signs copies of her related book, The Girls Who Went Away, at a reception afterward. You can reserve your tickets here.

The powerful film reveals the hidden history of over a million women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes where they would ultimately give up their children in forced adoptions. At a time when sex education was minimal, single women were often ostracized into enduring their pregnancies in shame-filled institutional isolation. The film allows us to hear heartbreaking stories directly from the women who lived them, combined with footage from educational films and newsreels from the time that reinforce the era’s perceptions of sex, “illegitimate” pregnancy, and adoption. (48 mins., video)

The program starts with a screening of Fessler’s short Cliff & Hazel (25 mins., video), a humorous and poignant portrait of her adoptive parents that was supported through the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio Program.

Event support provided by The Living Culture Initiative in the Department of Art and the OSU GLBT Alumni Society. Cosponsored by the Ohio Birthparent Group; Arts and Humanities and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences; and the Women and Gender History Workshop.

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