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Jane Edwards
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A mother who lost her daughter to adoption
A mother who lost her daughter to adoption

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Making the first contact with a first mother: What not to say
Jane "One reason I had searched for [my birth mother] was that I wanted to tell her that she'd done the right thing. I always felt she deserved to know that" wrote Jean Strauss in Birthright . "I proudly said it now on the phone, sure this one sentence woul...

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Catelynn and Tyler's open adoption closed!
In July, 2011, First Mother Forum predicted that Cateynn and Tyler's open adoption would not close. C & T, our readers will recall, were one of four couples on the original MTV show, Sixteen and Pregnant. Unlike the three other couples, C & T gave their bab...

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To First Mothers: Legislators need to hear from you!
Lorraine and daughter Jane, 1982* First mothers are needed to convince legislators that they were NOT promised confidentiality when we relinquished our children, nor do we need or want it now! A few states--Hawaii, Louisiana, Missouri, among them--have bill...

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Adoptee denied medical history
Jane The Iowa Supreme Court found it more important to protect the anonymity of natural/birth parents than to "save an adoptee's life or prevent irreparable physical or mental harm" to her While some states are moving to give adoptees their original birth c...

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How binding are open-adoption contracts?
Jane Open adoption is the adoption industry's answer to all the woes that beset adoptees and natural mothers by their forced separation. The more we know, however, the less we like about it. Let us be clear: Open adoption agreements (continuing contact agre...

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A reluctant poster mother for adoption reform
When my surrendered daughter contacted me 18 years ago, appearing in the Oregonian , Oregon's largest newspaper, was the farthest thing from my mind. I had kept my secret from all but a few people for 31 years and the thought of sharing it made me a nervous...

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Wall Street Journal decries loss of 'right' to be surrogate
Indian surrogates The Wall Street Journal owned by billionaire media magnate Rupert Murdock rarely sheds tears for the poor and downtrodden.  It's come to bat, however, for Indian women threatened with losing income as surrogates if the India passes propose...

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Selling underwear, promoting adoption
Does adoption sell underwear? I was just about to hit "Buy Now" on my Jockey bra order, when I saw the plea: "Give $1 today and bring comfort to adoptive families tomorrow" and a link to "Jockey Being Family." At the site I learned that "Jockey Being Family...

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Natural mothers live dual lives
Jane My surrendered daughter wrote something to the effect that "maybe everything is about adoption for my birth mother." I bristled at the remark. I have a large life outside of adoption--with my husband to whom I've been married for almost 47 years, the w...
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