Monday, June 07, 2010
New Site For SMAAC
After many years in this arena, those of us who form the membership of SMAAC have learned that it is very unlikely any group can be all things to all people who have suffered from coerced surrender, separation and adoption. Just as we are all individuals, so are some of our issues. That is why we do not profess to be the voice for ALL women who surrendered during that era. We only speak for those who feel they were coerced and mistreated by a corrupt system who did what they did because they could and because no other choice was legally available. Over the years, much has changed and we feel we are not qualified to speak for the mothers of later years and today.
So, we are here because, whatever you call it, the Era of Mass Surrenders or the Baby Scoop Era, it was real, it happened, it is a shameful part of our nation's history and, just as other wrongs from the past have been addressed, it needs to be recognized and some sort of redress made. If adoption and loss to adoption is a tree, then we are at the roots, where it first became an industry and a social experiment. Weaken the roots and you weaken the tree. That is our goal and our hope. Will we succeed? I have no idea but I have faith in what we are working for. We can only do our best and try. But I will be standing for what I believe until my time here is over.