Provides a forum for open dialogue between triad members, that is adopted persons and birth family and adoptive family members, to benefit from other group members' experiences and to gain a better understanding of each other.
The summer of 2012 has been a joy and a trial with the new law (SB351) that passed July of 2011. It provided an avenue for identifying information for adoptees whose parents are deceased and lineal descendants of adoptees whose birth parents are deceased. Part of the law also changed so that adopted adults do not have to obtain their adoptive parents consent to seek identifying information about their birth parents. Jean, a member of our group, 83 who has moved back to Iowa, has learned the names of her deceased birth parents, she has talked to the daughters of her half sister who is deceased and just a few weeks ago received a picture of her birth mother. She never thought she would ever see a picture of her mother but when she saw it for the first time, she said "it was like looking in the mirror!" Patti, from St. Louis, an active member in our group who has worked tirelessly on legislative changes and a lineal descendant of an adoptee, has been embraced by her mother's biological family and now has a picture of her biological grandmother...the resemblances are striking. Raymond, 88 has been working with a search angel in our Mid Missouri group and he just received confirmation about the identity of his birth mother and now is trying to learn about others in his family. Other members in our group are waiting for the courts to answer their petitions to find out if their birth parents are deceased so they can learn their identities or receive consent from birth parents to release their identifying information to the adult children they relinquished. Struggles and frustrations still abound. Some of our county courts in Missouri are very slow in releasing information, and each county is not releasing the same information to the adoptee. If you are an adopted adult, born in Missouri and would like to request consent to identifying information or to confirm your birth parents are deceased and you are having difficulty with the county that handled your adoption, please contact our group or Senator Lamping's office at the Capitol in Jefferson City and speak to his Chief of Staff, Jennae Neustadt for assistance if you have been waiting more than 3 months for your information.
On Monday, August 29, 2011, Missouri adult adoptees will be able to get information about their family of origin under certain conditions, based on the new law that Governor Nixon signed on July 5, 2011. SB351 becomes effective August 28, 2011. We'd like to hear about your experience getting your information.
The Adoption Triad Connection of Mid Missouri is a group membership comprised of adopted adults, birth parents, lineal descendants of adoptees, search angels and adoptive parents and we welcome you to attend one of our meetings September - May.
This blog was developed for people wishing to ask questions or share their experiences related to adoption. Visit our website to attend a meeting, contact the co-founders or view helpful links at: http://www.atcofmidmo.com