The Rapidian

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Adoptee finds solace in sharing journey with local support group, community

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 01-15-2019 under NONPROFITS

I was born in 1966 in Flint, Michigan, during the height of the American “Baby Scoop” Era. My birthmother and father were unmarried teenagers, and my grandfather was a local TV news anchor, with a reputation to uphold. Adding to the lack...

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Late discovery adoptee finds her true self by opening up to past, making connections for future

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 12-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

Sometime in October of 1966, a woman found herself pregnant under not the best of circumstances. She was on a break from her marriage where she had four other children. Her boss, whom she had been staying with, was not that into her. Soon afterwards...

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Navigating the waters of adoption and reunion: What is my story?

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 10-30-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

This piece was written by John Glass. Growing up being adopted never felt terribly unusual. I had wonderful parents, a great sister, & an older brother who I idolized and was also adopted. To my parent’s credit, I always knew I was...

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Adoptee finds healing in lifelong journey through sharing story, seeking community

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 10-09-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

I often compared myself to a puzzle piece. At the beginning of my life, I went missing outside of the box, feeling like I don’t fit anywhere, unique to one puzzle somewhere out there, waiting to be placed back in perfect position. ...

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Many adoptees have deep pain from trauma of being separated from their first families

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 09-11-2018 under NONPROFITS

My mom, in Grand Rapids, answered the phone to a woman with a thick foreign accent, “Mrs. VanderWell?” “Yes.” she replied. “Elisa will not take her bottle to eat.” “How are you feeding her?”. They were...

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