MTV: True Life Casting Notice – Adoptees

April 27th, 2007

Recently, MTV emailed me asking for help in finding some adoptees looking for their birth fathers. They are looking for adoptees and others between the ages of 16 and 28, who are looking for their fathers for a potential show. Not only are they looking for adoptees, but others who were separated from their fathers at an early age. This include those who wish to find their sperm donors. If you are interested email them at: father@mtvstaff.com with the details of your story. Since its initial episode in 1998, MTV's award-winning True Life documentary series has told remarkable real-life stories of young people and the unusual subcultures they inhabit. Some of you may recall that MTV aired a wonderful documentary last year about… [more]

The Cruelest Con on Dr. Phil This Week

February 19th, 2007

Kelly Kiser-Mostrom, author of The Cruelest Con: The Guide for a SAFE Adoption Journey, will appear as an expert on the Dr. Phil show. The two-part episode about adoption scams is scheduled to air Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23, 2007. Kiser-Mostrom is a wife, mother and member of the American Adoption Congress who presents workshops about adoption nationwide. For nearly three years, she and her husband endured the nightmare of an adoption scam. She shares her heart-wrenching personal journey in The Cruelest Con, a guide intended to help others avoid unscrupulous scammers who can prey upon those exploring adoption. Ms. Kiser-Mostrom points out the chilling truth about adoption, including unregulated facilitators and inconsistent legislation from state to state. The website listed below quotes… [more]

Ten Sisters – A True Story of Loss & Family Bonds

February 19th, 2007

Ten Sisters, the PBS Documentary, is based on the true story of ten sisters who grew up with few material advantages, but believed that they had a happy childhood. "Separated by the Court, Reunited by the Bonds of Family" is the subtitle for this documentary. In 1942, their lives changed in a heartbeart when a trip to a courthouse one day separated them from each other. Producer Tim Hartin, painted a heart-wrenching picture of the inseparable sisters being torn apart as they clung to each other at the courthouse. The sobbing sisters were literally pulled apart, and driven to different homes after a court proceeding made them wards of the state. This poignant true story is on PBS in some areas tonight, February… [more]

Missing Boy’s Abductor Adopted Part 2

January 19th, 2007

Another Law & Order episode centered around a young woman who had disappeared after her parents were killed and they believed she was having an affair with a married man. The story line turns out that the man was her natural father who was still having an affair with the natural mother after 20 years. The story ended that the natural parents arranged for the adoptive parents to be killed so the adoptee could inherit the three million dollars from her adoptive family and were then the natural parents were going to arrange for the adoptee to be killed as well. The natural father had not signed relinquishment papers so he would become the beneficiary of the adoptees estate. A recent… [more]

The View on ABC

November 29th, 2006

As I have written about several time this month, November is National Adoption Month. On the ABC talk show, earlier this week, The View had a segment dedicated to adoption. There are over a half million children waiting for a home to call their own and The View welcomed a few of the faces of foster care and the families who have opened their hearts and lives to come and share their inspiring and heartwarming stories. One of the guest, Victoria Rowell, who was a special guest co host on the show and is also an actress talked about her life and her experience was like growing up in foster care. In addition, they had two representatives from programs… [more]

The Family of Adoption – Part 2

June 19th, 2006

When Darryl, and I chatted the morning of his interview, I felt as though we connected in a strong way. We understood one another. As I played back the tape of our interview, I noted that there was a similar thread throughout our interview. We agreed with each other a great deal. Every so often one of us would say, "Do you know what I mean?". Each time that happened, the other person responded, "Yes, I know exactly what you mean." Although we come from different parts of the triad, some of our adoption issues are similar. Feeling misunderstood, being highly aware of our losses are some of the similarities. Understanding why open records are so important is another issue that we shared… [more]

The Family of Adoption – Part 1

June 19th, 2006

Grrr, not only did I accidentally wipe out a whole blog entry, I deleted one with a comment already. I knew that it would happen eventually! The Family of Adoption, that's what I had written about. A week or so ago, my husband and I were about to begin watching one of our favorite t.v. shows. The show is called, "Sunday Morning" and of course, that is when it airs. We find it to be a very interesting and entertaining show. Most of their segments are either human interest pieces or they may discuss art, music, notable people -their topics are varied. At times they may review a movie or two, or discuss a current art exhibit which is currently underway. They… [more]

What If TV Show to Air This Fall on CBS

May 30th, 2006

While on vacation I heard that CBS is offering up a new reality series this fall that allows participants to step back to crucial crossroads in their lives. and to choose the road they didn't travel. The show is called “What If” and turns back the clock and allows you to see what WOULD HAVE happened had you stayed with or in touch with the special people in your life. One show that is currently being casted for is an episode that reunites people from your past and allows them to discover “what if”. The investigative team will track these special someones down and will set up for you a day in the life of “what might have been” It is my understanding… [more]

“Starting Over” Reality TV – Cassie May Meet Her Son on Today’s Show

April 28th, 2006

“Starting Over” (“SO”) (their website) is a national daytime reality show which airs daily in the U.S. The premise of the show is that selected women are given an opportunity to start their lives over. These women live together for a period of time in a large house. They are provided with life coaches and the services of other professionals who help them learn how to overcome and/or deal with their difficult life issues. The problems these women are facing cover a wide spectrum of the issues that people may face in their lifetimes. Some of the issues covered have included addictions, abusive backgrounds, family relation issues, weight problems – the issues have run the gamut. The women… [more]