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Monday, August 15, 2011

Blessed

I am blessed to know many adoptees and others related to the adoption issue. When I was doing my search for my birthparents back in my 20s and 30s, I had not found anyone else who had made contact and had a reunion. 
While I was writing "One Small Sacrifice," I made contact with many new adoptees who became teachers and friends who supported me as I continue to grow, learn and heal. There are too many to list here but they know who they are. I lovingly call them my "Think Tank."
Yes, each and every adoptee has helped me grow emotionally and spiritually as I continue to understand our unique place in this world as Lost Children/adoptees.
I recently met Korean-American adoptee Kevin Ost-Vollmers, the writer-blogger at Land of Gazillion Adoptees in Minnesota. Here is the link to our August 12th interview: http://wp.me/p1Alq6-lk.
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Adoptees are uniting on many fronts for open adoption records and the restoration of our identities and the legal right to own a copy of our original birth certificate. We still have a long way to go with the current laws.
As I wrote in One Small Sacrifice: "We can’t undo what’s been done but learn from it. We can’t erase the past but we must never repeat it."
Thank you, thank you, thank you...to everyone who has supported me. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog and shares it. Thanks to my family and friends on Facebook.
All our relations, AHO!

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