Doug Robinson: Reuniting families — One Utahn is helping adopted children, biological parents find each other

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  • FBadoptionreunionadvocate usa, UT
    March 10, 2014 7:45 p.m.

    I appreciate what they attempt to do with the registry. However it is outdated and is not serving the majority of it's users. It does not function to reunite families as it should. imho. However there is great news!! Facebook is doing just that! I urge others to come to facebook and search. Your family members are waiting and using whatever means they need to locate you. DNA testing, Sharing images, joining groups, you name it! Including this page, Utah Adoption Search and Reunion found on facebook. Good Luck to all who are searching! It is my hope and prayer that all those who are searching can be found and let the healing begin.

  • View_Finder Salt Lake, UT
    March 10, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    Sounds all peaches and cream- but you don't mention the case of a woman and her daughter that were both on the registry and not matched for over seven years. The system has significant flaws right now- a. It is a word document and is not filtered into a sorting software. B. You are depending on (based on this article) one person who is only human, to match what is actually only about 500 people currently on the registry. C. The registry is not well known, hence the only approx 500 people out of thousands who are looking. HB256 would take the registry and build on it allowing funds to automate the registry and also advertise! Yet a Deseret News author wrote negatively about the bill last week, in fact they made false statements about HB256 assuming "Open" meant the same thing as it does in an agreement between a birthmother and an agency. I wish the news actually cared about covering the whole story- the full story- and the truth of it all. The Registry- COULD use a little love.

  • lplain Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    There is much more to this story than you have. I am a birth mother who found her child through this registry, but it was by accident. Birth mothers, adoptee's and there adopted parents are not informed that this registry exists, and overall it is a dismal failure. I would be happy to interview with you about "THE REST OF THE STORY".

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 9, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    It's too bad that grandparents don't have rights to sign the registry. Our daughter gave up three children despite our plea to let us raise them. They would now be in their late teen and early twenties and we will never know them.

  • Rosebyanyothername Home Town USA, UT
    March 9, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    Thank you for a well written article. Thank you also to Carolyn Woodward for her time and diligence to bring families back together. Everyone has a right to know and find their birth parents. They have an identity and a yearning to know WHO they are and where they came from originally. An adoptee, whether they admit it or not, or register have a need to fill that question in their minds and hearts.

    They feel like some part of themselves is missing. I have compassion for friends who are adopted. They feel displaced, abandoned and fight that feeling regardless of how wonderful and good their adoptive parents have been. It is no reflection upon those loving parents who raised them to have a desire to find and connect with their biological parents.
    It may not be for everyone as was stated in the experiences in the article. But one can sense the deep yearning to have those questions answered regarding their biological parent. It is a missing piece of a puzzle wanting to be made complete.

    I worked in adoptions and placements of the babies born to amazing women in my eyes.

  • Sego Lilly Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2014 1:43 a.m.

    Thank-you for helping to put families back together. As an adoptee and birth parent it's good to read about someone who helps to bring mothers and their children back together.