Without a doubt one of the best films addressing the issues behind Adult Adoptees Searching for their Birth Parents is Jean Strauss’ ADOPTED: For the Life of Me. The award-winning feature film about the impact of secrets in closed adoptions in America follows Dave, a fifty-two year old adoptee as he embarks on a journey to find his birthmother. His saga, with its unexpected and moving epiphany, illuminates the impact secrets can have over an entire lifetime.
Jean has followed this up with a second, just as compelling, film entitled A Simple Piece of Paper. In 2011, Illinois became the largest state in the Union to provide adoptees the right to their Original Birth Record (OBR), providing 350,000 adoptees access to their OBR’s. A Simple Piece of Paper examines the impact of the release of these records, following a handful of the first people to receive this record. Their heartwarming – and heartwrenching – stories, provoke a new question: what would have happened if the state of Illinois had been able to do this sooner.
Both films should be on the top of the list for all Adult Adoptees, Birth Parents/Siblings, Adoptive Parents/Siblings or anyone who loves them!