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OPERATION IDENTITY
NEWSLETTER

 
The Operation Identity Newsletter is published quarterly, in January, April, July, and October, and is a benefit of membership. In addition to information about upcoming meetings and “Organization News” (which includes news about both O.I. and other groups), book reviews and articles of general interest are also included. Below are links to reprints of many such original articles from past issues of the Operation Identity Newsletter. (The Members’ Section also provides access to facsimile [.pdf] copies of past newsletters.)


2014
Book Reviews

Philomena
by Martin Sixsmith

Reviewed in the April issue

Movie Reviews

Admission
A Film by Paul Weitz

Reviewed in the January issue

Closure: A Documentary About Adoption
A Film by Bryan Tucker

Reviewed in the July issue

  Articles

Film Portrays Birth Mother’s Life
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the January issue

Some Criticize Philomena for Being Anti-Catholic
Published in the April issue

Making Connections
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the April issue

Research Reveals Children Died at Irish “Home”
Published in the July issue

Our Work Here Is Not Done
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the July issue


2013
Book Reviews

Melissa’s Gift
by Olin Dodson

Reviewed in the January issue

Sudden Fury: A True Story of Adoption and Murder
by Leslie Walker

Reviewed in the April issue

Call the Midwife (Volumes 1-3)
by Jennifer Worth

Reviewed in the July issue

Chosen
by Chandra Hoffman

Reviewed in the October issue

Movie Review

Jackie
A Film by Antoinette Beumer

Reviewed in the July issue

  Articles

Holiday Wishes
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the January issue

In Memoriam: Reuben Pannor
Published in the April issue

Abuse Always Has Negative Consequences
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the April issue

Birth Fathers: Is the Stereotype Wrong?
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the July issue

No Adoption System is Perfect
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the October issue

Letting Go, Moving On, Going Back
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the October issue


2012
Book Reviews

Imagining Adoption: Essays on Literature and Culture
by Marianne Novy

Reviewed in the January issue

Coming Coming Together: An Adoptee’s Story
by Martha Shideler

Reviewed in the April issue

Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth
by Erin Siegal

Reviewed in the October issue

Off Balance: A Memoir
by Dominique Monceanu, with Paul and Teri Williams

Reviewed in the October issue

  Articles

Holidays and Adoption: Complicated for All
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the January issue

Steve Jobs: Let Us Not Judge Him
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the April issue

Adoption: Attitudes and Vocabulary
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the July issue


2011
Book Reviews

Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption
by Scott Simon

Reviewed in the January issue

The Adoption Triad Asks: Who am I really?
by Alice B. Davenport, M.S., CFLE

Reviewed in the July issue

Running Scared
A Novel by Lisa Jackson

Reviewed in the October issue

Movie Review

Mother and Child
A Film by Rodrigo Garcia

Reviewed in the October issue

  Articles

Life is Short—Search Now!
by Barbara Free
Published in the January issue

Why We Still Need Support Groups & Searchers
by Barbara Free
Published in the April issue

Sally File: A Remembrance
by Linda Davis
Published in the April issue

Where Do I Belong?: A Story of Adoption
by Carolyn Seibold Simmons
Published in the July issue

Sugar and Diamonds
by Barbara Free, M.A.
Published in the October issue


2010
Organization News

Representatives of Operation Identity Provide Reports from 2010 AAC Conference in Sacramento
by Jenni Dymon & Bill Gage

Published in the July & October issues

Book Reviews

The People They Brought Me: Poems in the Adoption Community
by Penny Callan Partridge

Reviewed in the January issue

Two Books and a Documentary by Jean Strauss Now Available in O.I. Lending Library
by Barbara Free, M.A.

Published in the April Issue

Mother Me
by Zara H. Phillips

Reviewed in the July Issue

My Armenian Genesis: The Last Survivor
by Mary L. Movsisian Foess

Published in the October Issue

Poems

New Mexico December
by Barbara Free

Published in the January issue

  Articles

New Study Looks at Adoptees and Culture
Published in the January issue

New CA Law May Affect Adoptions of Some Native-American Children
Published in the January issue

New TV Show Highlights Adoption Search-and-Reunion Stories
by Kathie Forward

Published in the January issue

Are We Still Motivated to Search?
by Barbara Free
Published in the January issue

Adoption Is Still About Poverty
by Barbara Free
Published in the April issue

Adoption, Reunion and Beyond
by Barbara Free
Published in the October issue


2009
Book Reviews

Synchronicity & Reunion: The Genetic Connection of Adoptees & Birth parents
by LaVonne Harper Stiffler

Reviewed in the January issue

Adoption: The Facts, Feelings, and Issues of a Double Heritage
by Jeanne DuPrau

Reviewed in the April Issue

Another Place at the Table and
One Small Boat: The Story of a Little Girl, Lost Then Found
by Kathy Harrison

Reviewed in the July issue

Diagnosis, Assessment & Treatment of Foster and Adopted Children: A Guide for Parents & Practitioners
by Christopher J. Alexander, Ph.D.

Reviewed in the October issue

Legendary, Beautiful, and Reflection Pond: Three Books by Jaiya John

Reviewed in the October issue

  Movie Commentary

August Rush: What Are The Messages?
by Barbara Free

Published in the January issue

Articles

Nebraska Safe Haven Act Misses The Point
Published in the January issue

DNA Testing and Adoption Search: Separate Issues?
by Barbara Free
Published in the April issue

Tragedy, Triumph, or Tapestry?
by Barbara Free, M.A., LADAC

Published in two parts in the July and October issues


2008
Book Reviews

A Limb of Your Tree: The Story of an Adopted Twin’s Search for Her Roots by Doris D. Smith, Ph.D.
Reviewed in the October issue

Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home
by Thomas Bass

Reviewed in the July issue

Family Wanted: True Stories of Adoption Edited by Sara Holloway
Reviewed in the April issue

Whose Child?: An Adoptee’s Healing Journey From Relinquishment Through Reunion ... and Beyond by Kasey Hamner
Reviewed in the January issue

  Articles

Family Trees: Where Do Adoptees Fit?
by Barbara Free

Published in the October issue

What Does “Traditional” Mean? How Stereotypes Harm Us All by Barbara Free
Published in two parts in the April and July issues

Holidays May Be Tricky for Triad Members
by Barbara Free

Published in the January issue


2007
Book Reviews

The Mistress’s Daughter: A Memoir by A.M. Homes
Reviewed in the October issue

The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler
Reviewed in the July issue

I Choose This Day: Mournings and Miracles of Adoption by Sharon Fieker
Reviewed in the April issue

I Choose You by Deborah Ripoll Greulich
Reviewed in the April issue

The Kid (What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant): An Adoption Story by Dan Savage
Reviewed in the January issue

  Articles

Does Society Reinforce Adoptees’ Feelings of Abandonment? by Barbara Free
Published in the October issue

Ask Me No Secrets, I’ll Tell You No Lies: How Privacy Protects; How Secrecy Harms
by Barbara Free

Published in two parts in the April and July issues

Making Sense of Our Information
by Barbara Free

Published in the January issue


2006
Book Reviews

Not Remembered Never Forgotten
by Robert Allen Hafetz

Reviewed in the October issue

Coffee Rings: Three Women, One Tragic Event, Nineteen Years Later, Secrets Surface... by Yvonne Lehman
Reviewed in the July issue

A Wedding to Die For and Pick Your Poison Two Novels by Leann Sweeney
Reviewed in the April issue

  Articles

Help Along the Way by Mark Dickerson
Published in the October issue

Access Legislation Pits Facts Against Mythology by Mary Martin Mason
Published in the October issue

What’s a Father by Barbara Free
Published in the October issue

Facing Our Fears in Search and Reunion
by Barbara Free

Published in the July issue

Boundaries: The Key to Reunion Relationships by Barbara Free
Published in two parts in the January and April issues


2005
Book Reviews

The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption by Karen J. Foli, Ph.D. and John R. Thompson, M.D.
Reviewed in the October issue

Tree Castle Island by Jean Craighead George
Reviewed in the July issue

Searching For a Past: The Adopted Adult’s Unique Process of Finding Identity by Jayne Schooler
Reviewed in the April issue

Welcome Home! An International and Nontraditional Adoption Reader Edited by Lita Linzer Schwartz, Ph.D. and Florence W. Kaslow, Ph.D.
Reviewed in the January issue

  Articles

Dealing With Delayed Information by Lee Morgan
Published in the October issue

Foster Care: Another Facet of Adoption and Reunion by Barbara Free
Published in the October issue

Birth Parents in One-Down Position by Barbara Free
Published in the July issue

Nobody Really Forgets by Barbara Free
Published in the January issue

IN MEMORIAM: NANCY PARKHILL

The April 2005 issue of the Operation Identity Newsletter was dedicated to the memory of Nancy Parkhill, M.A., LPCC, a therapist, adoptee, author, and O.I. member, who died of lymphoma on February 4, 2005, after a brief illness.

Honoring Nancy Parkhill by Stacy Ertle

Nancy Parkhill: Adoptees’ Fairy Godmother by Ann Massmann

Nancy’s Request: Be a Voice by Barbara Free


2004
In 2004, Operation Identity marked its 25th anniversary as an active search support group in New Mexico. Various articles published during this year reflect back on the past and look forward to the future....
 
Book Reviews

Welcome Home: A Guide for Adoptive, Foster and Treatment Foster Parents by Christopher J. Alexander, Ph.D.
Reviewed in the October issue

Go Out and Live: A 27-Year Journey of Courage by Doris and Ken Hall
Reviewed in the July issue

Healing the Adoption Experience: A Book for Adult Adoptees, Their Families, and Therapists by Nancy Parkhill
Reviewed in the April issue

Finding Me in a Paper Bag: Searching for Both Sides Now by Sally Howard
Reviewed in the April issue

Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story by Carol Antoinette Peacock
Reviewed in the January issue

  Articles

A Brief History of Operation Identity by Barbara Free
Published in the October issue

After 25 Years, Do We Still Need O.I.?
Published in the October issue

Operation Identity Celebrates 25 Years Since Its Founding
Published in the July issue

Operation Identity: 25 Years of Support by Mary Hanson
Published in the July issue

O.I. Member Shares Her Story at Retreat
Published in the January issue

Holidays, Family and Adoption: Special Handling Needed by Barbara Free
Published in the January issue


2003
Book Reviews

Once Removed: Voices From Inside the Adoption Triangle by Wendie Redmond and Sherry Sleightholm
Reviewed in the July issue

How to Adopt a Child: A Complete Guide for the Layman by Robert A. Farmer
Reviewed in the July issue

A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee’s Search for Her Roots by Katy Robinson
Reviewed in the April issue

Movie Review

Strange Relations (A Showtime Original Production)
Published in the July issue

  Articles

Operation Identity to Celebrate Silver Anniversary Next Year
Published in the October issue

Remembering O.I.’s First Meeting
Published in the October issue

Siblings: Forgotten Pieces of the Adoption Puzzle by Barbara Free
Published in the July issue

It’s All About Relationships by Barbara Free
Published in the April issue

Finding Family is Not About “Closure” by Barbara Free
Published in the April issue


2002
Book Reviews

Black Baby White Hands: A View From the Crib by Jaiya John
Reviewed in the October issue

Disturbing the Peace: A Novel by Nancy Newman
Reviewed in the July issue

Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China by Emily Prager
Reviewed in the July issue

I Hope You Have a Good Life: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Redemption by Campbell Armstrong
Reviewed in the April issue

Sacred Connections: Stories of Adoption by Mary Ann Koenig and Niki Berg
Reviewed in the January issue

  Articles

China’s Birth Policies and Traditions Lead to Gender Imbalance by Barbara Free
Published in the October issue

Some Adoptees Lack Their Native Tongue by Barbara Free
Published in the July issue

The Importance of Being Met at the Gate by Barbara Free
Published in the April issue


2001
Book Reviews

Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America by Adam Pertman
Reviewed in the October issue

Beneath a Tall Tree: A Story About Us by Jean Strauss
Reviewed in the July issue

Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots by Yvette Melanson
Reviewed in the April issue

The Open Adoption Book: A Guide to Making Adoption Work for You by Bruce Rappaport
                   and
The Open Adoption Experience: A Complete Gide for Adoptiove and Birth Families—From Making the Decision Through the Child’s Growing Years by Lois Ruskai Melina and Sharon Kaplan Roszia
Reviewed in the January issue

  Articles

International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) by Anthony S. Villardi
Published in the October issue

Silence Secrecy and Shame Lead to Trauma by Barbara Free
Published in Four Parts in the April, July and October 2001, and January 2002 issues

Abandoned Baby Legislation Controversy Continues by Barbara Free
Published in the January issue


2000
Book Reviews

Outer Search/Inner Journey by Peter F. Dodds
Reviewed in the October issue

A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son’s Story by Tim Green
Reviewed in the July issue

Thank You, Son, For Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story by Beth Kane
Reviewed in the April issue

The Gift Wrapped in Sorrow by Jane Guttman
Reviewed in the April issue

The Family of Adoption by Joyce Maguire Pavao
Reviewed in the January issue

  Articles

Mistaking Intensity for Intimacy in Reunions by Barbara Free
Published in the October issue

Triad Rights Are Human Rights by Barbara Free
Published in the July issue

Guidelines for Triad Members in Search by Barbara Free
Published in the April issue

Coping With the Holidays in Reunited Families by Barbara Free
Published in the January issue


1999
Book Reviews

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child by Nancy Verrier
Reviewed in the October issue

Soul Connection: Memoir of a Birthmother’s Healing Journey by Ann H. Hughes
Reviewed in the July issue

Wanted: First Child (A Birth Mother’s Story) by Rebecca Harsin
Reviewed in the April issue

May the Circle Be Unbroken: An Intimate Journey Into the Heart of Adoption by Lynn Franklin
Reviewed in the January issue

  Articles

The Profound Effects of Shame Upon the Adoption Triad by Barbara Free
Published in the October issue

Internalizing Adoption by Barbara Free
Published in the July issue

Are Studies of Adoptees Valid? by Barbara Free
Published in the April issue

Reunions, Siblings, and Triangulation by Barbara Free
Published in the January issue


1998
Book Reviews

The Adoption Reader: Birth Mothers, Adoptive Mothers, and Adopted Daughters Tell Their Stories Edited by Susan Wadia-Ellis
Reviewed in the October issue

Out of the Shadows: Birthfathers’ Stories by Mary Martin Mason
Reviewed in the July issue

Adoption Reunions: A Book for Adoptees, Birth Parents and Adoptive Families by Michelle McColm
Reviewed in the April issue

  Articles

A History of Adoption by Barbara Free
Published in the October issue

Ninth Annual March on Washington: A Participant’s Report by Ann Massmann
Published in the July issue

Sounding New Depths, Exploring New Channels: The 1998 AAC Conference (A Participant’s Report) by Lorraine Wheeler
Published in the July issue

Birth Fathers: Looking at the Stereotypes by Barbara Free
Published in the July issue


1997
Book Reviews

The Other Mother by Carol Schaefer
Reviewed in the October issue

  Articles

Giving Up the Fantasy Child by Barbara (Operation Identity Member)
Published in the April issue