Welcome to the July issue of The Beacon.
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Susan Bennett & The Beacon Team
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AAC Adoption News and Views
Tune in to our next show on Friday, July 20 at 4 pm EST, where you'll hear from Pekita Tynes, the comedienne who thoroughly entertained us all in Denver at the last conference. We promise laughs, so don't miss out!
If you missed any of our shows, you can listen by going to our link on Blog Talk Radio.
Erin Siegel visited in June with a crowd of listeners. To learn more about Erin follow the "read more.." link below. Listen to Pam's interview here.
If You Missed Us In Denver
Click on the logo to view some of what you missed at this years conference.
Consider joining us in Cleveland, Ohio in 2013!
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Check out what's new on our website americanadoptioncongress.org
Adoption: No Secrets. No Fear.
The AAC’s campaign, Adoption: No Secrets. No Fear, is being featured on radio stations and in print across the U.S. and Canada. This PR campaign focuses on normalizing the reunion and reconnection process, highlights adoptees’ right to know who they are, describes the connection that birth parents feel with their children, and recognizes that adoptive families support openness at every stage of the adoption journey. It is about adoption and why secrets and fear have no place in it.
Over the past several months, our public service announcements promoting the campaign have been picked up by both print media and radio stations. In addition to this, AAC President, Donnie Davis, has done several interviews on radio public affairs programs to promote the key ideas in the campaign. In every instance, the message behind the campaign has been well-received and we believe that we are having a positive influence on listeners.
To continue advocating for adoption without secrets and fears, the board of the AAC has decided to continue the campaign into the fall. Be sure to watch for us in local papers and keep an ear open for the AAC on your local stations.
Tell your friends and family about the campaign and help spread the word:
Visit Cafe Press and check out our "No Secrets. No Fear." items, and help us promote the campaign by sharing via Facebook.
If you haven't heard, Rhode Island has joined the handful of states that passed and implemented legislation that gives adoptees access to their original birth certificates. We are thrilled for all the adopted adults born in RI who can now get a copy of their original birth certificate! Congratulations to everyone who worked to change the law in RI, well done! Click here for more news and information.
Be sure to check out the Legislative section on our website for up-to-date information on all the states, including helpful documents and links. With great appreciation, we wish to thank Carolyn Hoard for her diligence in this ongoing project to keep everyone informed!
Are You Smarter Than a 2nd Grader?
Helping her son with a second-grade homework assignment brought back some painful memories for Bonnie Burnell, who recalled struggling to trace her family tree as an adoptee when she was in school. Her uncertain roots meant uncertainty for her son, and she again asked: Which tree? Which family? Completing several family-related projects with her son made her realize that her struggle was shared by many others. (Photo by Jim Dunn)
Read Bonnie's insightful story about how adoption affects the next generation.
Are You Smarter...
AAC Adoption News and Views - Pekitta Tynes
07/20/2012 4 PM EST
Pekitta Tynes has been performing stand-up comedy routines for over 25+ years and has transitioned into a “clean” yet connotational risque comedian when discussing certain subject matters. Go to Blogtalk.
Adoptee Rights Sign Making Party
Adoptee Rights Coaltion annual event. Visit ARC for more information.
BLANK in Chicago
08/05/2012 7:30 pm
From Classroom to Confessional, from Flamboyant Professor to Pipe-smoking Grandmother, from Oedipus Rex to bizarre Inner-voice: a birth certificate propels an adoptee on a fantastic and mysterious quest for identity. Click here for info.
2012 Adoptee Rights Demonstration
ARC will be at the National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Summit. Learn more about the Adoptee Rights Coalition.
Book Club Corner
We are proud to share with you-
"360 Square, A Memoir of Adoption And Identity"
by Carol Lillieqvist Welsh
What perplexes Carol is where she gets the "fire within," that independent, curious, fearless spirit. Living the full circle of adoption experiences, her puzzlement is understandable. Nature? Nurture? She will never know for sure unless she seeks answers, takes risks, and squares with herself and her history.
Adopted as an infant, Carol experiences love, abuse, and further abandonment when she is tossed down the front steps of her home at age 16.Tapping into her inner fire, she sets out to avenge the condemnation of her adoptive father, but soon finds herself pregnant. Ashamed and unsupported she wants to do right by this unborn child and chooses to relinquish her son to adoption.
A mysterious woman appears in Carol's dreams, guiding her through life. Adopted a second time she goes on to establish a career in nursing, marries, has another son, and then in 1984 adopts a daughter.
In 2000, as Carol meets her birthmother, she desperately hopes to solve the missing piece of the puzzle; but something still eludes her.
To purchase 360 Square click here. Available on Amazon soon!
Visit our Recommended Reading page for other adoption related books; we add new selections monthly. Email AACBeacon@gmail.com if you have a book to share.