Category Archives: Adoption

Adoptive Parent Rights

I listened to testimony on a bill making its way through the Texas legislature that would impact people like my son and my daughter. HB 2725 would restore access to an original birth certificate to adults adopted in Texas.

At about 5:29:30 (listen if you’d like), one of the committee members says in response to previous testimony, “I’m curious about the rights of the adoptive parent. Part of the reason the law was designed this way [sealed birth records] was to protect and nurture the legal construct that the adoptive parents are the parents…I haven’t heard anything from the side of the adoptive parent.”

That got me thinking about the rights of the adoptive parent. And for this gentleman, a Texas Representative asking thoughtful questions during this hearing, I weigh in.

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The Capitol: Day 1 of Angels in Adoption®

What a week to be in Washington, DC! Thanks to Angels in Adoption®, I drank from a fire hose for three days. This post, the first in a series, is my attempt to parcel it out in a manageable stream.

senate side of capitol building
The Senate side of the dome where it happens (dome where it happens).

Friends

I shared a room with friends. Fellow Angels Rebecca Vahle (2011) and Dixie Weber (2017) were my roomies and cohorts in both play and purpose. Rebecca is the founder of the Family to Family Support Network. Dixie, a nurse and healthcare executive, is the newly appointed National Director of Healthcare Programs. Meaning that she helps the Family to Family Support Network provide neutral compassionate care for moms and babies in unique situations such as adoption.

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In Common: Shonda Rhimes, Nia Vardalos, Mohammed Ali…

(And also in common with Rebecca Vahle, Dawn Davenport, Jim Gritter, Pam Kroskie, Linda Schellentrager, Zara Phillips, Dawn Smith-Pliner, Kim Hansel, Joyce Maguire Pavao, Sherrie Eldridge, Adam Pertman, Dixie Weber, Debbie Schwartz, Candace Pruett, Pam Sweetser, Sharon Roszia, Pat Irwin Johnston, C.A.S.E.,  Brenda Romanchik, and Becky Fawcett, with apologies to others I may have missed or not know of*.)

Big inhale.

Angels in Adoption®

All of those people up there are not only my Friends, they have also been named by the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute (CCAI) as Angels in Adoption®.

This year I have been nominated by Senator Michael Bennet to join their ranks.

The Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute sent me this news:

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