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Found and Lost: An Adoption, An Agency and A Search for Self

ISBN: 9780692869970
Publisher: Suzette Siegel
Publication Date: 2017-05-15
Number of pages: 270
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Growing up with a secret is never easy. While mine seems innocuous now, it caused me a lot of pain in 1978. As an adoptee from the closed system where secrecy ruled, I felt adopted but never born. So when my birth father called me out of the blue at 18 years old, I was instantly traumatized. The call sets in motion a decades long journey of truth seeking, to search for the pieces of my past that were denied me but I also feared knowing. Once having met my birth parents, two people who experienced traumas of their own but survived, I built walls around me to protect myself from the feelings of confusion, sadness, angst and torn allegiance that followed. But by the strange and eventually healing coincidences of life, my call to volunteer with kids at a residential treatment center who had been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, landed me in my own realization: that I did not have to fear going back to my own beginnings and that I was ready to make peace with my past. My time there brought new life lessons and unexpected surprises. Found and Lost: An Adoption, An Agency and A Search for Self, is a a memoir about the power of family secrets, the complications that adoption can bring in spite of the best of intentions, and how truth seeking and understanding can set us free.

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