Early Praise for The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist by Mary O’Leary Wiley, PhD, ABPP

“Written with the eye of a social worker and the perspective that only someone who has lived the life of adoption can bring, Amanda H. L. Transue-Woolston expresses herself in ways that are both individual and universal. The Declassified Adoptee reads with the power of a novel, yet provides a perspective that I have notContinue reading “Early Praise for The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist by Mary O’Leary Wiley, PhD, ABPP”

Early Praise for the Lost Daughters Anthology: Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW

Lost Daughters provides us with a viewing of brilliance, social justice and activism. Moving beyond racial, ethnic and professional silos frequently observed in adoption, Lost Daughters brings us together to witness the courage, strength and amazement of a diverse group of women who represent the true fabric of adoption. This anthology, a collection of stories written byContinue reading “Early Praise for the Lost Daughters Anthology: Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW”

Early Praise for the Lost Daughters Anthology: Lorraine Dusky

Lost Daughters Anthology is a tough book for mothers who relinquished to read because whatever we may have told ourselves about the “good” reasons to let our children be adopted, these poignant, sad, moving essays belie that with the sheer force of a body blow. I found myself with tears in my eyes as soonContinue reading “Early Praise for the Lost Daughters Anthology: Lorraine Dusky”

Pre-Release Review by Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW, National Speaker, Performance Artivcst, & Author

Amanda H. L. Transue-Woolston’s book of essays is heartfelt and brilliantly written. It is an original piece of work that sheds light to many of the core issues with being an adoptee. In her unique way of holding her experience, Amanda illustrates the power of one’s story; as she moves from the personal, to theContinue reading “Pre-Release Review by Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW, National Speaker, Performance Artivcst, & Author”

Pre-Release Review by Trish Ortiz, LCSW, Therapist for At-Risk Youth

In The Declassified Adoptee, adoptee and social worker Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston unpacks a myriad of issues that are remarkably personal and intrinsically important to the adoption community, and, indeed, to society-at-large. Transue-Woolston tackles difficult topics, including the circumstances of her own conception, with grace. While she is unflinching in the candor with which she discussesContinue reading “Pre-Release Review by Trish Ortiz, LCSW, Therapist for At-Risk Youth”

Pre-Release Review by Laura Dennis, Author of "Adopted Reality, A Memoir"

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 secrecyContinue reading “Pre-Release Review by Laura Dennis, Author of "Adopted Reality, A Memoir"”

Pre-Release Review by Damian Adams, Research Scientist

“Within the words that Amanda writes lays the truthfulness of an adoption story, her adoption story and experience. It is these narratives that provide the reader with an in depth view and analysis of what it may be like to be adopted. This is extremely important as no other person will know what it isContinue reading “Pre-Release Review by Damian Adams, Research Scientist”

Pre-Release Review by Diane René Christian, Author of "An-Ya and Her Diary"

In her mid twenties, shortly after the birth of her son, Amanda Transue-Woolston found herself in reunion with her biological mother. In those first emotional moments of reunion, Woolston was faced with the gutting task of unraveling lies and sifting through adoption laden secrets. Woolston’s collection of essays, contained within The Declassified Adoptee, invites readersContinue reading “Pre-Release Review by Diane René Christian, Author of "An-Ya and Her Diary"”

Pre-Release Review by Joy Lieberthal Rho, LCSW-R

“I am tremendously grateful for Amanda Woolston and her declassified declaration proclaimed in this book of her personal essays. The Declassified Adoptee is a challenging, beautifully woven narrative of how adoption has impacted a life. While I subscribe to the idea that no two adoptees have the same story, Amanda was able to encapsulate soContinue reading “Pre-Release Review by Joy Lieberthal Rho, LCSW-R”

Pre-Release Review by Lorraine Dusky, Author of "Birthmark" and First Mother Forum

“Amanda Woolston is a voice of understanding and reason in the complicated, difficult and often painful world of adoption reform and reunion–not only that, she is a forceful writer exploring topics with sanity and insight that adopted individuals–as well as first mothers–deal with on a near daily basis. Amanda is a breath of fresh airContinue reading “Pre-Release Review by Lorraine Dusky, Author of "Birthmark" and First Mother Forum”