Adoption Beat

September 30, 2008

“Safe-havens” are not safe

Filed under: must read,Uncategorized — adoptionbeat @ 9:52 pm

If you are not familiar with safe-haven laws, you should read this article:,0,2178084.story

The reporter does a good job of explaining the unintended consequences of a legislative “solution” to a complex societal problem. Adoption reformers have opposed these laws from the beginning, which explains Adoption Beat’s interest. Kudos to the Associated Press for picking it up.

To learn more about safe-havens, visit this blog post:


September 27, 2008

Stressful pregnancies affect the unborn

Filed under: Uncategorized — adoptionbeat @ 4:47 pm


Stress and pregnancy

Stress may play a role in a child’s future, as passed from mother to baby during pregnancy. Judy Fortin reports. • Health News – Medicine, Diet, Fitness and Parenting from

When I read the post and watched the video, I immediately emailed it to my OYGYN who is semi-retired. I’m sure he will have some cogent comments.

Joan Wheeler sent this link to, a forum that regularly posts items of interest to the adoption reform community. Although adoption is not mentioned in the story, it’s not hard to connect the dots.

In Israel, medical researchers followed women who were pregnant during the Six Days War and the children born to them and found a higher incidence of psychological disorders in the children. Researchers have long debated the cause of an observed phenomenon that adoptees seek psychological treatment more often than the general population and some maintain that they are disproportionately represented in prisons and/or mental institutions. If future research bears out the findings of this study, it would seem that we can advance a hypothesis about why.

Women who were pressured to surrender a child to adoption — and we all know someone who had that experience — passed the attendant stress along to their unborn children. There’s no way to prevent that, only ways to try to reduce the mother’s stress.  If the circumstances are such that no efforts are made to alleviate stress, but rather to ratchet it up to achieve the desired result, the mother signing away parental rights, what sort of future problems are adoption professionals creating when they engage in “persuading” unwed mothers to give up their children?

I’d really like to see the media take a look at that.


Filed under: Uncategorized — adoptionbeat @ 4:30 pm

My unplanned sabbatical is over.

Some readers already know that I lost my adoptive mom in late May and because I cared for her while she battled Alzheimer’s from 2003 until her death I was emotionally, physically and, even financially, exhausted. I spent several weeks deep in grief and unable to do much of anything. And I spent the better part of the next several months trying to get back on my feet in more ways than one. I have writing and editing work again now and both the time and energy to take on additional assignments so if you know someone who needs an editor (and can pay) or a ghost writer or just a writer, please do send them my way. Meanwhile, I am reading voraciously again and will be addressing reporting that I think misses the point again very soon.

Thanks for reading and thanks to many friends and colleagues who wrote, visited and called during those dark days.


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