Monday, June 28, 1999
assistance to adopted children
BELLEVUE — Julie Dennis set up a table in Factoria Mall yesterday, offering information to adopted children who wanted to find their birth parents. She had a lot of takers.
“ They feel unfulfilled,” Dennis said. “There’s something missing in their sense of who they are and where they are from.”
Dennis would know. A few years ago, she set out to find her birth mother and succeeded. The experience got her involved in Bastard Nation, a group lobbying to have adopted children’s records unsealed.
Bastard Nation was one of a number of groups at an Adoption Search Fair at Factoria yesterday. The fair offered tips on how to find one’s birth parents, as well as information on support groups for parents who have given up children for adoption, counseling groups and so on.
Dennis only knew that her mother was 15 years old when she was born in Seattle in 1962. She started her search by going to court and filing a request for “Non-Identifying Information” about her mother. The completeness of that information can vary a great deal from place-to-place and depending on the thoroughness of the person who filled out the original paper work. … Continue Reading