You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free!
What would it be like if you were Laurie? Laurie, now seventeen, was adopted at age three. One afternoon at a family reunion, she sat dumb- founded as her cousin told her what really happened in her past: her birth father killed her birth mother, and he was in prison. The problem was that everyone in the family knew it except Laurie. Why wasn't she told the truth?
What would it be like if you were Sarah? Sarah, age eleven, often drew pictures of the house that she imagined her birth mother lived in. It was a large house, encircled with beautiful trees and flowers. One day she announced to her adoptive parents, "Someday, I am going to visit my birth mother in her big house." The problem with that picture was that Sarah's mother did live in a "big" house: she lived in a prison. She was convicted of drug possession and assault and would be incarcerated for a very long time. Why wasn't Sarah told the truth?
What would it be like if you were Jason? Jason, age eight, knew he was "given up" for adoption, but he didn't know why. The truth was, his birth mother loved him very much, but as a young teen she was unequipped to raise Jason to adulthood. Jason's adoptive parents knew the whole story, but they assumed that the less said, the better--for every
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Publication information: Book title: Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child:Making Sense of the Past. Contributors: Betsy Keefer - Author, Jayne E. Schooler - Author, Jack G. Kammer - Illustrator, Kristi Anne Kammer - Illustrator. Publisher: Bergin & Garvey. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2000. Page number: xi.
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