The Baby Thief – By Barbara Raymond

May 17th, 2007

The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, The Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption "The Baby Thief" is a compelling read, but a horrific tale. However, the story of Georgia Tann is one that needs to be told for the historical significance that it embodies. Ms. Tann’s need for secrecy in adoption records was due to the shoddy, immoral and illegal practices that she used for several decades. She intentionally altered and destroyed records of children to cover up the horrendous acts that she perpetuated. Poor families were ripped apart as some of the children or all of the children in a family were hauled away under various pretenses to be adopted. Ms. Raymond interviewed some adults who recall not only being stolen from their… [more]

The Baby Thief

February 8th, 2007

Back in March 2006 I wrote a blog about Georgia Tann and Black Market Adoptions. That blog is accessible at http://birthfamily-search.adoptionblogs.com/weblogs/georgia-tann. Today, I learned of a new book that is coming out about Georgia Tann via a news article at http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/Content?oid=oid%3A24386. The story of Georgia Tann is being told by New York author Barbara Raymond in the book titled The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, The Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption. The book is being published by Caroll & Graff and will be out on April 28, 2007. Georgia Tann ran an adoption for profit scandal that rocked Memphis, TN in the 1950’s. Georgia Tann operated the Tennessee Children’s Home on Popular Avenue in the 1930’s and 1940… [more]

The Other Mother Out of Print

September 28th, 2006

One of the first books I read before I actively started my search was The Other Mother by Carol Schaefer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this excellent read, it is an awesome book and truly helped me to cross the threshold of thinking about searching to actively searching. When I completed this book, there was a listing of 5 support groups in the back of the book and I immediately called the closest one to me (PA) which was in FL. I believe the group was called People Searching News and they referred me to two local search and support groups in the area. Once I had this information in hand, I contacted them and after a few… [more]

“The Girls Who Went Away”

May 24th, 2006

A new adoption book receiving rave reviews is: “The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade.” One of the "girls" whose story is chronicled in this book is Susan Mello Souza, who has written her own adoption book. Written by adoptee Ann Fessler, this revealing book chronicles the lives of birth mothers during the notorious "baby scoop" era, many of whom were sent to "maternity homes" to give birth and relinquish their babies. Unwed motherhood was a socially unacceptable, taboo, and adoption was seen as the only viable option for single women. In researching this book, Ms. Fesler interviewed over a hundred birth mothers who shared their stories… [more]

Top 5 Books for Adoption Search and Reunion

May 8th, 2006

Adoption literature and books is growing in the adoption reform movement. There are many helpful books and articles that have been written on the subject of adoption search by all members of the triad as well as professions who work with triad members. If you are considering a search or starting a search familiarize yourself with this literature and gather all the helpful information you can. There are a five books that when starting a search are a must read. The first is Birthright: Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents written by Jean Strauss. Jean is an adoptee who searched for her own natural mother and Birthright covers adoption search resources and tips, as well as exploring the effects of… [more]