In November of 2014, Lost Daughters at the helm of editor, Rosita Gonzalez, launched the #flipthescript movement, aimed at highlighting the perspectives of adult adoptees, which reached 30 million households in 30 days. This November, Lost Daughters editors Amanda Transue-Woolston and Rosita Gonzalez partner with Diane Christian from The An-Ya Project to bring you this incredible movement in book form. Recently, we released the image of the gorgeous cover we selected as the face of this upcoming anthology. Stay tuned!
Now Available in Ebook & Paperback
I am proud to announce that Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment and Peace is now available in ebook format with print copies forthcoming, on Amazon.com.
“These are brave, strong essays written from the heart by talented, courageous women who pull no punches. Anyone not already familiar with the inner ramifications of being adopted to the adoptee will be blown away.” –Lorraine Dusky, first mother, author of Birthmark, founding board member of ALMA, and founder of [Birth Mother] First Mother Forum.
From the An-Ya Project website….
“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 not yet seen in adoption literature or memoirs. She does this by sharing her own experiences as an adoptee and then broadening her lens to allow the reader to share a broader view of timeless issues in the adoption world. She tackles topics that some find difficult with deep insight, humor and sensitivity.
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 by adult adoptees, is a must read for clinical and social service professionals and all those touched by and/or interested in learning about adoption journeys.
National Speaker, Solo Performance Artist, Activist
Author, The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee
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 soon as I started reading, and they didn’t totally dry up until long after the last page.
This book project was something I had never dreamed of back when I started blogging 4.5 years ago. 4.5 years ago I did not know that I enjoyed writing; I did not realize that I really had anything to write about. I embarked on this blogging journey in an effort to locate my original family. The process of searching soon became symbolic of finding myself. The process of unsealing my records soon became symbolic of unfolding myself as a person who was adopted as a child. Writing moved me from connecting to my family, to connecting to myself, to connecting to the larger community. The time you have spent reading my words has given my words meaning. Reading your thoughts has been invaluable.
Having my words published in a book is a privilege and I do not take it lightly that my voice is able to be heard in this way when so many others are equally deserving–and more so.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to the blog readers who have encouraged me all of these years. I thank my families by birth, marriage, and adoption for their support. I thank my friends for their openness and willingness to hear my voice on adoption–a topic they are not readily familiar with. I thank all those who have given me the opportunity to use my voice; who have believed in me.
I also extend my deepest appreciation to the individuals who helped this book become a reality: Kevin Vollmers from Land of Gazillion Adoptees, Adam Chau from CQT Media and Publishing, Carlynne Hershberger from Hersberger & Huff Studios, Julie Stromberg from Life, Adopted, and to the foreword author, JaeRan Kim.
I hope to see you at the Re-Framing the Adoption Discourse conference held by the APRC on November 16, 2013 in St. Paul, MN (register & hotel here) where I will be selling and signing my book along with the Lost Daughters anthology (several fellow Lost Daughters will be there to sign the anthology too!). The Lost Daughters anthology will be published in November. I will also be speaking on the policy panel for the conference. Keep an eye out for the second anthology I’ve co-edited, Perpetual Child: Dismantling the Stereotype coming out this winter.
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 discusses the world of adoption, the author manages to adeptly navigate its varied landscape without passing judgment upon those with differing experiences.
An inherent respect for the individual, unique narratives of every adoptee is woven throughout The Declassified Adoptee. Transue-Woolston is careful to clearly communicate to the reader that she is sharing her own narrative, and her own personal purview; at the same time, however, she successfully honors a broad diversity of adoptees’ experiences, never rejecting the stories of those who have had experiences dissimilar to her own. In this collection of essays, Transue-Woolston’s voice is both sensitive and candid, and her writing style produces a narrative that is accessible to – and that should resonate with – all members of the adoption community. We are privileged to accompany her as she navigates the challenging terrain of adoption, eloquently exploring and deconstructing the many emotional spaces that adoptees, and those who love them, occupy at various times in their journeys. As the reader is provided with a front row seat to the lived experience of this adoptee, The Declassified Adoptee persuasively illustrates that the emotional process of the adoptee is fluid, not linear. The curtains are parted to reveal a full spectrum of emotions, from pain to joy to rage.
In addition to exploring the emotional experiences of adoptees on an individual level, The Declassified Adoptee also provides an articulate, even-handed critique of a system that is flawed, without condemning individual participants in that system. Transue-Woolston is a champion for the marginalized, and seeks to increase transparency in adoption practices. She urges freedom from the secrecy that has long plagued adoption, and continues today in many cases.
As an adoptive parent, I urge all prospective parents, adoptees, and original and adoptive families to read The Declassified Adoptee for a comprehensive, sensitive deconstruction of the diverse perspectives that may be involved. As a social worker and therapist, I highly recommend the addition of this valuable resource to the bookshelves of all who work within the various sectors of the adoption profession, as well as mental health professionals who work with members of the adoption community in their practice.
Trish Ortiz, LCSW is an adoptive parent and the Clinical Director of a family therapy program for at-risk youth in New York City.