If you happened to be listening to “The Diane Rehm Show” yesterday and caught the segment with Barbara Bisantz Raymond, author of “The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption“, I was “Eric from Cleveland”. There was more I wanted to say, especially concerning our particular adoption agency and how they deal with openness, but as soon as they said “Very good question, Eric; Barbara?” I was cut off and had to download the podcast to hear her answer.
I’d love to have a chance to talk to Ms. Raymond at length, because she seems to have a different view of adoption than we do. Also because, as she said, she lived in Cleveland when she adopted, and I’d be fascinated to hear how her experience differed from ours. For that matter, I’m now a lot more interested in the history and current practice of adoption. I never really thought about the origins of the current system, simply accepting it as How It Is And Always Was. An odd failing for a history major, to be sure.
Let me tell you something, though. I have never been as nervous and scared on a conference stage as I was on that call. My voice almost locked up twice.