Saturday, December 26, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
And even more adoption on TV...
Coming this spring on PBS's INDEPENDENT LENS:
An unplanned pregnancy for an unplanned girl sets off SUNSHINE, a playful, yet ultimately stirring self-portrait of an adopted woman driven to search for answers through reconnection with her biological mother. Young, pregnant, single and unprepared, the daughter/director struggles with the incredible ironies of the family—that history somehow repeated itself—as she struggles to raise her own daughter and understand the plight of her biological mother, a small town Texas mayors daughter who gave birth to her secretly, in a home for unwed mothers.
Mother and daughter wrestle with tough questions and raw emotions over a fading social landscape that nevertheless continues to haunt them. Woven together from over 10 years of super 8 and video home movies, intimate family interviews, shimmering dance sequences and stylized reenactments, SUNSHINE offers a refreshingly rare glimpse on the current day transformations taking place within our most sacred of institutions, family.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
First up: the battle over the estate left by 73-year-old Kitty Tipton-Oakes, widow of a famous jazz musician.
In 2006, Kitty, who suffered from dementia, died without a will, leaving an estate worth 300 Gs, which was to be sorted out among three missing adopted sons (two of whom hadn't spoken to her in 25 years), after paying fees to a guardian and a lawyer who happened to also represent a paranoid schizophrenic patient who may have been Kitty's only actual birth child who no one knew about.
Read the rest at the NY Post
Friday, December 11, 2009
Besides all the attention 'Find My Family' on ABC is getting, there are other shows highlighting adoption this week you may be interested in.
Carla Moquin will be appearing on the Dr. Phil show tomorrow. From the Dr. Phil website:
What would you do if someone said you no longer had the right to see your child? Dr. Phil's guests say they feel helpless and hopeless because they've been shut out of their children's lives and are facing lengthy court battles to get their kids back. Carla says she placed her daughter for what she thought was going to be an open adoption. It's been six years, and she says the adoptive parents reneged on their promise and won't let her communicate with the child. Legal analyst Lisa Bloom and an adoption attorney weigh in on the case. Then, John says he was looking forward to raising his baby with his childhood girlfriend, but when he got to the hospital to visit his daughter, he never got to meet her and nine months later still hasn't. Learn about the law that is keeping him from being a dad. And, a woman paid more than $20,000 and was given an ultrasound of the baby she was supposed to adopt, but motherhood didn't happen as planned. Find out how not to get scammed and the precautions to take when adopting a child.
And on 48 Hours -
CBS News will present, "The Lost Children," a "48 Hours" special, on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT - the clmination of a two-year investigation by "48 Hours" into one of the largest foreign adoption scams in U.S. history.
Anchored by "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher, who herself was adopted, "The Lost Children" profiles three families - Patti Sawyer, Mike and Kari Nyberg, and Elizabeth and Gary Muenzler - who adopted children from the South Pacific island of Samoa through the Utah-based Focus On Children adoption agency, only to face a heartbreaking decision years later.
"There exists a common goal for me as an adoptee and as a journalist, which is to find the truth,” says Maher. "I know from my own personal experience the challenge adopted children face in learning where they came from and determining their own identity."
Also just a note, this weekend (hopefully) this blog will temporarily go offline for a long overdue template upgrade. I'm seriously tired of the drowned girl.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Expanding a bit on a previous post....
Location: The Maine Studios
235 Presumpscot Street
Portland, ME 04103
When: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 12:00 Noon – 6:30 PM
Snow Date will be Sunday, January 3, 2010. Same time.
RSVP: To Cathy Robishaw at tmc3910@yahoo. com
Noon - Welcome Reception
12:30pm - Showing of "The Triumvirate", by Jean Strauss
1:00pm - Showing of "Vital Records", by Jean Strauss
1:30pm - Showing of "Adoptee Rights: Philadelphia 2009", by Scott Hancock
Intermission and Light Fare
3:00pm - Maine debut of "Roots: Unknown", by Zara Phillips
3:45pm - Showing of Reunion Stories from Maine 2009
5:00pm - Maine debut of "For the Life of Me", by Jean Strauss
Hope to see you there!!
Saturday, December 05, 2009
With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers — one mixed-race and one Korean—Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving Jewish household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she’s always known. She begins staying away from home, starts skipping school, and risks losing her shot at the college track career she had always dreamed of. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring. OFF AND RUNNING follows Avery to the brink of adulthood, exploring the strength of family bonds and the lengths people must go to become themselves.
... and the official site: