Fifty Shades of Gross: a Feminist Confrontation of the Story's Adoption and Foster Care Themes

I read Fifty Shades of Grey books at the urging of my sister-in-law who has dual degrees in communications and English and is a popular books maven of sorts. She has the uncanny ability to predict whenever any bit of media will become relevant in pop culture. If you want to look like a pop culture genius at your book club, you ask her for a title to recommend to the group ....more

Happy Reunionversary: 9 Things I've Learned in 5 Years of Reunion

My necklace of our matching pair. I had already known my original mother's name for several months before we reunited. As is the practice in my birth state, most adoptees can have their original birth certificates and know their mother's name using the established government channel ....more

National Adoption Month? The Lost Daughters #flipthescript

Headed by @mothermade, Lost Daughters is flipping the script with this awesome round table style video by Bryan Tucker. Click here for the full length version and remember to share with the tags #NationalAdoptionMonth and #flipthescript. Being grateful for my adoptive family & questioning the ethics of modern adoption practices are not mutually exclusive ....more

PA, Adoptee Rights, and an Amended Bill--What now?

Photo (c) Julie Stromberg On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the Pennsylvania Senate Aging and Youth Committee held a voting hearing for HB 162. ...more

Adoption and Fundraising: When Money to Breaks Down Systemic Barriers for Families

Aselefech runs for family preservation. There are a number of factors behind why I was placed for adoption. ...more

As Rightful Narrators: Adoption, RAD, and Storytelling

Recently, the New York Times Motherlode blog posted an essay by author Tina Traster entitled, "You're not my Real Mother." ...more

"I do not Have to Help Them": Pushing Back Against the Apathy of Those With Power

"The Representative would like to meet with you," came a young woman's voice over the speaker of my cell phone. "It is urgent. You must come to Harrisburg as soon as possible." I agreed to attend, and quickly contacted two other adoption activists ....more