- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 21, 2002

Books

• "The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion and Beyond," by Julie Jarrell Bailey and Lynn N. Giddens, New Harbinger, 2001. This book is a guide for those embarking on the reunion journey.

• "Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America," by Adam Pertman, Basic Books, 2001. This adoptive father explores the evolving culture of adoption and the ways it has been affected by factors such as the Internet.

• "May the Circle Be Unbroken: An Intimate Journey Into the Heart of Adoption," by Lynn C. Franklin and Elizabeth Ferber, Crown, 1999. A birth mother who relinquished her son in the 1960s examines the changing face of adoption and explores the emotions that surround it.

Associations

• Concerned United Birthparents, D.C. Metro Branch, PO Box 15258, Chevy Chase, MD 20825. Phone: 202/298-1011. Web site: www.geocities.com/Heartland/Village/6789. CUB, a national nonprofit organization, serves those affected by adoption and offers monthly support meetings.

• International Soundex Reunion Registry, PO Box 2312, Carson City, NV 89702. Phone: 775/882-7755. Web site: www.isrr.net. The ISRR is a nonprofit agency that promotes, through reunion registry, the interests of adults desiring a reunion with next of kin by birth.

• National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, 330 C St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20447. Phone: 703/352-3488. Web site: www.calib.com/naic. The Web site features a section under Adoptees, titled "Access to Adoption Records: State-by-State," which is a helpful guide. This organization, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a comprehensive resource on all aspects of adoption.

Online

• Search Angels (www.members.aol.com/bmom2amy/searchangels.html) are volunteers who will help people at no charge in conducting simple adoption-search tasks.

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