American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption by journalist Gabrielle Glaser explores postwar adoption in the United States. Glaser first meets David Rosenberg in 2007 as she is working on an article about Rosenberg’s upcoming kidney transplant. Glaser’s plan was to follow David and his friend who was donating his kidney to David. During the interview, David shared with Glaser that he was adopted. One hope for Rosenberg to share his story was that not only would it spread throughout America, but in particular through the Jewish community. David’s initial goal was to locate his biological family so he would have information about his biological family’s medical history to share with his own children. In 2014, David found his biological mother, Margaret (Erle) Katz. Glaser goes on to weave the lives of David, Margaret, George Katz (David’s biological father), the history, and impact, of adoption in America.
In honor of Black History Month, MPower Alliance wanted to set out to spotlight Black birthmother experiences. We put together resources we found informative but were disappointed by the overall lack of content honoring Black birthmothers. Much of what we found had a common thread of systemic racism within adoption and foster care.
Thank you to everyone who checked in with us on Friday. It was so wonderful to see old and new faces, tuning in from all parts of the country and even from Canada. We spoke about the struggles of maintaining adoption openness during COVID-19, managing grief, and closed out the the conversation with one thing participants are doing to check in with self-care and self-esteem. Here are two examples: