Friday, April 24, 2009

RegDay November 14, 2009 VOLUNTEER TODAY!!!

Adoption_NYC is looking for RegDay volunteers!

Site Coordinator: ADOPTION_NYC IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE UPCOMING RegDay November 14, 2009 in New York City:

The main purpose for RegDay is to increase public awareness of the International Soundex Reunion Registry or ISRR. Volunteers pass out flyers, hand out ISRR forms, answer questions, including media related and need to be able to do so calmly under pressure.

To Volunteer, send them a message on Myspace at

Please include:

NUMBER HOURS AVALIABLE (between 8am and 10pm)


Movies on YouTube

YouTube has started streaming full length movies, among them....

Love Inventory
After the loss of his parents, filmmaker David Fisher feared that his tightly knit family was growing apart. Born and raised in Israel, the Fisher siblings—three brothers, one sister—were grappling with common concerns of families everywhere: divorce, child-raising, job pressures, emotional problems. Bittersweet, honest and touchingly funny, LOVE INVENTORY chronicles Fisher’s attempt to solve a personal mystery—uniting his troubled family in the process.

As Fisher and his siblings sift through family papers after the death of their father, a long-buried secret rises to the surface. For years, their mother had mentioned that her first children had been twins, a boy and a girl, but that the girl had disappeared shortly after birth. The Fishers knew they had an older brother who had died after only a few months, but were uncertain what to make of the stories about the missing twin. Did she die in infancy as well, and if so, where was she buried? Or could she even still be alive, unknowingly living in the same city? What would she look like—and what happened to her?

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Daughter from Danang
A heartbreaking documentary that upsets your expectations of happily-ever-afters, Daughter from Danang is a riveting emotional drama of longing, identity, and the personal legacy of war. To all outward appearances, Heidi is the proverbial “all-American girl”, hailing from small town Pulaski, Tenn. But her birth name was Mai Thi Hiep. Born in Danang, Vietnam in 1968, she’s the mixed-race daughter of an American serviceman and a Vietnamese woman. Fearing for her daughter’s safety at the war’s end, Hiep’s mother sent her to the U.S. on “Operation Babylift”, a Ford administration plan to relocate orphans and mixed-race children to the U.S. for adoption before they fell victim to a frighteningly uncertain future in Vietnam after the Americans pulled out. Mother and daughter would know nothing about each other for 22 years.

Now, as if by a miracle, they are reunited in Danang. But what seems like the cue for a happy ending is anything but. Heidi and her Vietnamese relatives find themselves caught in a confusing clash of cultures and at the mercy of conflicting emotions that will change their lives forever. Through intimate and sometimes excruciating moments, Daughter from Danang profoundly shows how wide the chasms of cultural difference and how deep the wounds of war can run--even within one family.

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An excellent review of this film is at Ethnically Incorrect


Sunday, April 19, 2009

ICWA Help Needed

I have very little knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1977 but I know other people do.

Can someone please, please help this blogger - this is really important.

This law was made for a number of reasons, but the one that is of most importance to me is that my records can supposedly be opened due to genetic and medical reasons. It is a federal law. In my case I am not so much interested in finding my natural parents but rather looking for medical history and acknowledgment from the tribe so that I can apply for grant money so I can show that we can get the Prograf. Without that, there will be no transplant. Anybody know any adoption law? We're stumped.

The post is at


PS - Also even though I think it's twitter-attention-whorish to ask for RT's, if you're on Twitter if you could please RT this one I'd appreciate it. This is someone's health here.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Wherein I fall a little deeper in love with fellow adoptee Louis Spector:

I mean, check this out:

Louis Spector's memoir: 'The Gingerbread House at La Collina Drive: My Life Caged Behind Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound'. Louis and twin brother Gary were bought as a surprise Christmas present for Phil’s wife Ronnie when they were five.

read more | digg story

Is that a great title, or what?

I am so looking forward to this book.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Questions Unasked

Dear Mom,

When people ask you how many children you have, or if you have any grandchildren, do you pause before you lie?

(whatever my name is)


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Singing, and Rapping, for Their Rights as Adoptees

Two musicians have written and recorded a song they hope will revive a bill that would open private adoption records. The song, by Darryl McDaniels and Zara H. Phillips, is called “I’m Legit,” and it mixes the rap of Mr. McDaniels — also known as DMC of the pioneering hip-hop group Run-DMC — with the rock of Ms. Phillips in support of legislation that would give adult adoptees access to their original birth records. Similar legislation is being considered in nine other states.

read more | digg story


Friday, April 10, 2009

Letter Writing Campaign Weekend!

It’s Letter Writing Campaign Weekend!

Please go here:

for a sample letter.

Write your letters and send them Monday April 13th. This marks the beginning of the 100 days to the Demonstration!

Send this out to everyone you know! Blog it, email it, Facebook it! Everyone you know should be writing a letter to their legislators, urging them to introduce legislation in their states that allows unhampered access to original birth certificates to all adult adoptees.

Please take part in this very very important step on the road to Philly!


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

'I'm Legit' - DMC & Zara Phillips

The song 'I'm Legit' has been written to raise awareness about the situation of closed birth records in the U.S. What I mean is the lack of rights that an adult adopted person has to have access to their own original birth certificate.

Both Darryl and I are adopted.I was adopted in the U.K where the records were opened in 1976,which meant that I could gain access to my original birth certificate and find out my birthmother's name.

Darryl does not have that right in fact their are only eight states that allow access, including Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee and, most recently, Maine. In New Jersey people have been trying for 29 years to change the law. Adopted people who just want to know their birth name find out family history,medical history

read more and digg story

Please be sure to add Zara as a friend, and leave a comment!


Friday, April 03, 2009

DMC: My Adoption Story

If you didn't get a chance to watch it on VH1, or if you want to see it again, here you go!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

There's nothing here.

I'm so neglectful. I don't have time to be adopted all the time right now.

Work has me running.

Any free time I have, I'm spending it here. And here. And here.

But mostly here.

You're going there, right? Because I just don't have time for you here, but I've got time there.

So go here.

Hey go here too.

See you there.

I got to get back to work.


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