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Support Info: If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419. Additional Health Support Information: Emotional, cultural, and professional support services are also available to Survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Services can be accessed on an individual, family, or group basis.” These & regional support phone numbers are found at https://nctr.ca/contact/survivors/ .
What can a tiny baby know? The Hidden Life of an Adopted Child: Understanding the Impact of Adoption
"...Adoption is a trauma that happens to a child. The child is torn away
from her biological mother, placed in the arms of strangers and is left
with questions, doubts, fears and anxiety with no way to verbalize,
express, mourn or contextualize those feelings. ... children remember
their birth and the following events, including relinquishment and
adoption up to the age of three...."
Read the article here: http://adoptionvoicesmagazine.com/adoptee-view/adoptee-view-what-can-a-tiny-baby-know/#.UbyXLlHn-Ka.facebook
About the Author
Karl Stenske shares a rich and compelling
story as an adoptee. Being one of the many who had a great adopted
family, he never thought being adopted had a big effect on his life. But
at 37, Karl began to unravel the true impact adoption did have on his
life and the lives of those who loved, and tried to love him.
A sought after speaker and educator, Karl offers insights into the
wounds created when any child is separated from his birth mother. In The Hidden Life of an Adopted Child: Understanding the Impact of Adoption
Karl explores the traumatic experience suffered by that separation and
its influence on self-esteem, value, worth, and identity.
This comment was made on another post "Adoption Depression" but it is relevant to this:
This is a subject that needs to be discussed,
especially in light of Margaret A. Keyes’, PhD new study conducted at
the University of Minnesota, just published yesterday (9-9-2013) in Pediatrics
The study shows that:
1) Teens who were adopted in early childhood had approximately four
times the risk for attempted suicide in late adolescence compared with
offspring living with their biological parents.
2) Adoptees had higher rates of externalizing behaviors, childhood
disruptive disorders, negative mood, and lack of interest in school, but
even after adjustment for these, the adopted teens still had an
increase in risk of attempted suicide.
Many other studies have shown similar results, but for some reason,
no one seems to want to talk about this issue. Even though lives are at
It’s important that we shine the light on this.
For the record, I’m uncomfortable with the label, “adoption
depression.” I think that’s misleading–and dangerous. I think we suffer
from trauma and unrecognized grief and should be treated appropriately.
Canada's Residential Schools
The religious organizations that operated the schools — the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Jesuits of English Canada and some Catholic groups — in 2015 expressed regret
for the “well-documented” abuses. The Catholic Church has never offered an official apology, something that Trudeau and others have repeatedly called for.
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Did you know?
New York’s 40-year battle for OBC access ended when on January 15 2020, OBCs were opened to ALL New York adoptees upon request without restriction. In only three days, over 3,600 adoptees filed for their record of birth. The bill that unsealed records was passed 196-12.
According to the 2020 Census, 3.6% of Colorado's population is American Indian or Alaska Native, at least in part, with the descendants of at least 200 tribal nations living in the Denver metro area.
As the single largest unregulated industry in the United States, adoption is viewed as a benevolent action that results in the formation of “forever families.”
The truth is that it is a very lucrative business with a known sales pitch. With profits last estimated at over $1.44 billion dollars a year, mothers who consider adoption for their babies need to be very aware that all of this promotion clouds the facts and only though independent research can they get an accurate account of what life might be like for both them and their child after signing the adoption paperwork.
Why tribes do not recommend the DNA swab
Rebecca Tallbear entitled: “DNA, Blood, and Racializing the Tribe”, bearing out what I only inferred:
Detailed discussion of the Bering Strait theory and other scientific theories about the population of the modern-day Americas is beyond the scope of this essay. However, it should be noted that Indian people have expressed suspicion that DNA analysis is a tool that scientists will use to support theories about the origins of tribal people that contradict tribal oral histories and origin stories. Perhaps more important,the alternative origin stories of scientists are seen as intending to weaken tribal land and other legal claims (and even diminish a history of colonialism?) that are supported in U.S. federal and tribal law. As genetic evidence has already been used to resolve land conflicts in Asian and Eastern European countries, this is not an unfounded fear.