Monthly Archive for January, 2014

Philomena Lee


The recent film Philomena tells the story of Philomena Lee, who as a teenager in Ireland, was banished to a convent for the ‘sin’ of having a baby out of wedlock and was forced to give him up.  The film is based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith which tells the story of Philomena’s 50 year search to find her son. The story is a reminder of what is most important in the ethical practice of adoption . . . birth parents voice and choice must always be front and center in the decision making. This book and film have helped to increase awareness about the need to continue to improve adoption practices world wide. And while Philomena’s story is filled with heartache, betrayal and loss . . . it is also filled with resilience, forgiveness and love.  Check out the clip below of Philomena, who recently stated ‘For years, I couldn’t talk about my life to anybody . . . and now, it is all anyone wants to talk about’.

Philomena Lee

A Letter to My Son’s Birth Mother


A Letter to My Son’s Birth Mother was written by an adoptive mother who had so much that she wanted to share with the ‘first mother’ of her beautiful son. Sadly, she believes she will never have the opportunity to meet her and share her thoughts and feelings in person since her son was adopted from an orphanage overseas. In the letter she shares that as her sons second birthday approached she couldn’t help thinking about his ‘first mother’ and what she would be experiencing. She states ‘On Saturday when we light the candles on his cake, we’ll light one for you, too, sending up a prayer as we blow it out and send the smoke sailing across the seas. I hope with everything in me that you hear it when the wind whispers past bringing my good wishes and a gratitude so huge that I feel like I could collapse under the weight of the joy it brings. I hope the wind carries away some of your grief and leaves you a bit of peace’.

To learn more about this story from the series Portrait of An Adoption hosted by the Huffington Post, check out the link below: