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Philomena: The Must-See Adoption Film Just Released

QUAD_PHILOMENA-1024x768Full disclosure: I probably won’t go to see Philomena because it hits too close to home. It’s based on a the real story of Philomena Lee, who was forced to sign her son over for adoption when she was a teenager in the 1950s.

The film is receiving rave reviews while stirring up controversy about unwed mother homes in Philomena’s home country of Ireland and the Catholic Church. Philomena Lee, now 80 years old, hopes that the film will help others like her reunite with their children.

I’m one of the fortunate adoptees who found their biological parents, despite not having access to my original birth records.  My birth parents and I have had a lovely relationship for the past 10 years, and while they live several states away, we all chat on the phone at least once a month. Both my birth mom and dad feel as though my adoption was forced upon them 25 years after Philomena and here in the United States. These days, the majority of adoptions are open, meaning that at a minimum, birth parents and adoptive parents have exchanged names and some basic demographic information. However, even an open adoption would have been an injustice to Philomena.

Other posts from Rebecca this month include:

My Adopted Daughter Is Jewish, I’m Not and Hanukkah Is Here

Why I’ll Never Tell My Daughter She Was ‘Born In My Heart’

Study Shows Adult Adoptees Just As Well Adjusted As Their Non-Adopted Peers

How My Foster Kids’ Medical Needs Could Fall Through The Cracks

13 Weird Baby Teeth Stock Photos (‘Cause Baby Teeth Can Be Hilarious)

November 23rd is National Adoption Day

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9 Adorable Must-Haves From The Land of Nod

12 Science, History and Other Smart Toys From The Land of Nod

The Status of Clementine’s Adoption (For National Adoption Month)

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