A week from today, I am going to my first ever adoption conference. Adoption: Secret Histories; Public Policies.
This conference appealed to me because I spent many years working for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for my province. I have a professional as well as a personal interest in this issue.
We all know that one aspect of public policy on adoption was state-enforced and forced secrecy, advertized as being there to protect us, necessary to keep our great shame private. Our identities unknown. One of the speakers is going to talk about: Privacy, Is it Always A Good Thing? Anne Fessler will be there.
I’m interested in what people have to say. But I’m a little nervous about it.
I’m worried about spending three and a half days, thinking, breathing, talking adoption.
I’m worried that there won’t be balance. That the side that always gets most of the press will get it again.
I’m worried I will hear things that upset me.
But still I am going because I feel it is something I need to do – at least once.
And I’m looking forward to going to Boston. It’s a beautiful city. The last time I was there I was pregnant with my daughter who is now 22. She has heard more times than she cares to count that she’d been to Boston – BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN BORN!!!
As I type those words, it crosses my mind that that is something many adoptees don’t know. Where they’ve been, where they were – before they were even born. Their mothers could tell them all about that. Before you can know where you are going, you need to know where you are coming from.
I’m going to try and write a few posts while I’m there. And I’ll definitely be tweeting my adventures at http://twitter.com/um0001
I’ll be using the hashmark #nomoresecrets every time I tweet. Maybe we can even get trending.***
You can read the tweets on this blog too.
Adoption: Secret Histories,Public Policies
I’m looking forward to it – but I’m still a little bit scared.
If you’re going too let me know. Leave a comment or email me at unsignedmasterpiece at gmail dot com. Maybe we can meet face to face.
*** I didn’t know anything about all this Tweeting hashmark, send-your-tweets-to-your-blog stuff until I went to WordCamp Toronto 2010 #wcto2010 .
So thank you WordPress. The best $35 I ever spent.