If you’ve ever wondered, What are these adoptees complaining about?
If you’ve ever thought, Hey, they grew up in stable adoptive families, and got to reunite with their origins, what’s the big deal now?
If you ever supposed that adoptees are treated equally under the law, and that “we’ve gotten better” with regards to the stigma and secrecy that permeated previous generations of adoption …
This book is for you.
With clear, succinct language—resorting to neither sanctimony nor sentimentality, Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston’s The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist, provides an understandable context for the change needed in adoption as an institution. In this compilation of writings from her blog, the author uses personal anecdotes to highlight the need for sympathy and understanding for the adoptee, while arguing logically and unapologetically for specific change within the system.
And in a few key articles, she even made this jaded adoptee shed a few tears. In “A Letter to my Prospective Adoptive Mother—What a little baby might have wanted to say,” Amanda encapsulates the heartache and frustration for the closed records adoptee and the mom trying to raise her:
Then, with no family medical history, I will discover a tumor. I will cry for you sick with pain and anesthesia when I wake up from surgery. You will ask God “why” and I will be okay. (39)
For adoptees and non-adoptees alike, this anthology will answer questions you never knew you had and clarify issues about which you always felt strongly. It’s time for social justice for adoptees, and this book is must-read educational preparation.
—Laura Dennis, B.A./M.F.A. Dance Performance (in a whole other life), adoption advocate blogger, wife and mom, and author of Adopted Reality, A Memoir.