"Action springs not from thought, but from readiness for responsibility." – Dietrich Boenhofer
Yet another book completed. Unlearning Adoption: A Guide To Family Preservation by Jessica DeBalzo. Highly recommend. Should be required reading for all PAPS, even existing Aparents and definitely for anyone involved in any form of social services.
Kudos to Jess for her work. Direct, candid, honest, and full of good stuff. I read it in an afternoon.
My only regret is that there is significant (totally valid) reference to BSE. I am continually concerned that so many of our books and research seems to leave the reader with the thought that the heinous crimes stopped after BSE. They didn’t. They continued and got more crafty and devious. I was interred in a maternity home in 1986, gave birth alone, was coerced, threatened to be sued, watched by housemothers and caseworkers. It did not stop. More importantly it continues till today.
Last year a few moms and I (all post BSE) talked about the need to do our own book, project, expose. We barely got it off the ground. I got distracted by my "real" life and we all got consumed with other adoption work. We really must revisit it.
Perhaps that is the focus of my own book. Who knows. I am hoping to take Novel Writing 1 with Masha Hamilton. Undecided on my book topic. I have so many in my head.
I really enjoyed the last section that gave good suggestions on how we can help with family preservation. Proud to say I am involved in several.
But yeah, hooray to Jess for an excellent book. Go buy it. Now. Share
it with all your friends and family. Mail it to your Governor, Senator
or other political official.