Thursday, November 1, 2007

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

And I have taken this as an opportunity in the past to call attention to the issues faced by anyone who has been erased by way of adoption and thought that November 1st would be an auspicious day to start a blog about adoption law reform in the United States.

One of the most egregious events during National Adoption Awareness Month is The Surgeon General's National Family History Day which should, if Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H. were really to think about the issues involved, make the strongest possible case for open records given the fact that adoption laws still keep such pertinent medical information locked away from over seven million adult Americans.

Rather than breaking up actual families to build facsimiles via adoption, why don't we (as a nation) instead focus our attentions on preserving these basic, yet crucial, family connections before permanently removing children from their homes?

And while we're at it, can we also please work (as a nation) towards abolishing the practice of buying children from other countries over the Web, or by way of perceived celebrity privilege, please?

Thanks for reading and if you see my brother, please tell him that there are people all over the world who’d really like to meet him.