Exciting News in the Adoption World
Wendy Freund, MSEd., LCSW
917 523 8143
As a specialist in adoption, I am so pleased to pass on this great news for New Jersey adoptees! As of January 1, 2017, the Department of Health has begun mailing birth certificates to adoptees making a request under the new law. Birth parents can request that their information be redacted if their children were placed before December 31, 2016. More than 1,200 applications have been filed and they are being processed in the order they were received.
On May 2, 2017, I will be talking about Search and Reunion at the Conference at NYU: Family Building Options and the Role of the Clinician. Clinicians in the adoption world have a great deal of experience to share with clinicians in the world of assisted reproductive technology.
In my psychotherapy practice I see parents who have formed their families through adoption and need help understanding their child's experience. I see birth parents who have kept their experience in the shadows until suddenly found by a child they relinquished long ago. I most often see people who have been adopted longing to know more about themselves, while balancing their adoptive parent's feelings, embark on a search and often a reunion. In all of these cases I listen attentively and try to help my clients explore their unanswered questions and build a refurbished personal narrative.