WHY THE WORLD NEEDS arch
Every decade since 1950, over 1 million children were placed for Adoption in the United States. That means in the United States alone, there are 30 million Adult Adoptees, Birth Parents and Adopted Parents. Under the laws at the time, many of these adoption records were sealed, girls who were pregnant were "sent away," adopted parents were told their babies would never need to find their birth parents. Varying degrees trauma, shame and secrecy were a part of the adoption experience. And through it all, adoptees grew up , each with their own epic journey to answer the ultimate soul question: "Who Am I?"
The need to help those impacted by adoption and reunion has never been more relevant. 67 years later, 9 States have passed laws that open once-sealed records and all states currently have legislation being considered to allow adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates. The last decade of internet technology advancements have made searching easier. Old secrets began to be uncovered. New stories of joyful reunions surfaced, but stories of emotional heartbreak also followed. Companies like 23 & Me and Ancestory.com are making it possible to find out your DNA history and genetic matches. Grass Root organizations, search sites, Facebook adoption support groups have expanded world wide. Adults between the ages of 21 to 91 are uncovering truths and emotions about themselves and each other.