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Our redesigned mobile site has quick page loads and app-style navigation, and lets you join the conversation with comments and social media. All adoption records, medical, legal, psychological and social documents and correspondence, and all media and vernacular references, must avoid familial terms and personal pronouns that force maternal obligation on a female impregnated against her will.
Appropriate, neutral vocabulary exists: Penn said she never used a private investigator and only found Foley and her now-deceased birth father after poring over library documents and public records.
She also challenged Foley's assertion that she had gotten her personal information from Catholic Charities. Despite Foley's repeated refusals to meet with her, Penn said she doesn't regret seeking out her past — but added that Foley's reaction to her attempts at contact "were a knife to my heart.
I've never experienced it. But I would hope that whatever happens in that situation that at this point, I would get myself help and I wouldn't take it out on the person I gave birth to. Donald Cofsky, president-elect of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, said their case is one of the many sad ripple effects of closed adoptions.
And was probably just as upsetting for the child who then finds out that her birth mother doesn't want to create a relationship.
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There may be no solution for Foley or Penn, but Foley said she is instead focused on helping others in similar situations realize that there is life after pregnancy from rape. Read more about Kathleen Hoy Foley's work here. Kathleen Hoy Foley says she got pregnant after she was raped as a teenager. Despite her desire for no contact, the adoptee later searched for her and tried to develop a relationship.
The birthmom refused, feeling that this unwanted contact from her birth daughter traumatized her rape experience, and also forced her to disclose this secret to her husband and children. Adult adoptees assert that the right to this information is a basic human right.
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There is a great article from Adam Pertman on this issue here. While I may not agree with her choice, I do believe that every human being has the right to decline relationships with others, including both adoptees and birth parents. We cannot legislate relationships. However, I am troubled by the attempts to shut down access to personal information for adoptees. I do feel that adoptees are right in believing that access to their own birth certificate is a basic human right.go here
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