Thursday, October 04, 2007

Celebrity Spokesman of the Year

The National Council For Adoption (NCFA), a leading adoption advocacy organization, has named award-winning country music star Rodney Atkins as its 2007-2008 National Celebrity Spokesperson of the Year

Rodney was adopted by three sets of parents....two brought him back because he was "too sick to handle" but his parents that brought him home to stay would not give up on him read the story here.

"Since 1980, NCFA has been the leading voice among national adoption and child welfare organizations. NCFA is a research, education and advocacy nonprofit organization that promotes ethical adoption practices, informs public policy and opinion about adoption issues, and serves as a resource for women with unplanned pregnancies, adopted persons and their families, those seeking to adopt and adoption professionals"

9 comments:

Heather said...

NCFA try to quash every effort for adoptees to have access to their own birth certificates. I don't see how they can call themselves adoptee advocates when keeping records sealed is clearly not in adoptees best interests

petunia said...

well, it's one of the things I disagree with but they are looking at it from a different perspective. They see valid reasons to keep records sealed since that was the agreement. My whole family are lawyers and there are laws like this that you can see a reason for excusing them but "the law is the law" as they say. We see it as adoptees that want to know or birthparents who have decided they now want to know....

Heather said...

That's the point P. There is no promise of confidentiality like the NCFA say there is.

The old out of date sealed records laws were to protect US from the stigma - now it's all gotten misinterpreted and twisted around and NCFA are saying that our mothers need protection FROM US!! What did we do other than be born? It's like they make us guilty before being proven innocent or something. That's quite hurtful to me. Not to mention the right to freedom of association being taken away from us

I could go on and on and on but I don't want to bore you!

NCFA itself may be non profit but they sure have alot of rich member agencies with loads of money to lobby AGAINST adoptees who want their records. I just can't believe they'd do that to us

Heather said...

I come from a family of lawyers too (well my adoptive family anyway) and we have a real laugh at some of the US laws that are still "the law". Really, some of them are just outrageous

Did you know in certain states it's illegal to eat oranges in hotel rooms? no kidding. But "the law is the law" and send those orange munchers right to jail! tee hee

petunia said...

It's frustrating, i know, but If these women believe they actually have sealed records and there is one out of a thousand that do not want to found (and there are a few), legally they cannot just throw out the law and let the "flood gates open" so to speak. The only thing they can do is pass laws from here on out that there are no sealed records, none after eighteen or something like that...
and make sure no citrus fruits at the Holiday Inn! lol

Orphan Daughter said...

But even in the very few cases where the first parents dont want to be found why are their wants more important than the adoptees needs when the adoptee had no say int he matter at all?

Heather said...

Where is the proof that mothers were promised annonymity? None has ever been produced

Records have been open in the UK and in Australia for years and there haven't been any problems from opening the floodgates

The records were closed long ago and it wasn't for the reasons that the NCFA purport - not even close

Tishslp said...

I have a question: is there a problem with obtaining your medical/bio history without releasing pesonal information on the parent(s)? This way, those few who want confidentiality are respected while important medical/cultural information is still able to be obtained?

petunia said...

You guys are all preachin' to the choir here....but I have never been a biomom who does not want to be found - and they are out there. I was adopted through catholic charities and they told the biomom that NO info would ever be shared. Many of the girls who went through catholic charities did so because #1 they are catholic and #2 they or their parents wanted anonymity (or both).
I have talked to a few biomoms who do not want anyone to know (including their own families) that they have a child out their that they relinquished (sad, but it would be a sad life of fear someone would find out)