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This video presents ten things to consider in an adoption search and reunion. The process is an emotional journey that can take many unexpected twists and turns. The moderator, Sharon Roszia, is an nationally known adoption and permanency expert and trainer. Sharon shares her insights and lessons learned while highlighting the personal stories of an adult adoptee, Julie, and a birth mother, Wendy.

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This DVD is very useful as a training tool for professionals; a discussion vehicle for groups, including all members of the adoption constellation; and a guide for anyone contemplating a search. There is no other DVD available that presents these issues in as forthright a way. The testimony of Wendy and Julie bring an intimate, personal and often emotional dimension to the 10 Things issues presented by Sharon Roszia. Birth parents and adult adopted individuals who viewed this video stated that they felt well represented, that it triggered strong emotions for them, bringing up issues that they identified with and some they had not thought of before. Several even thought the DVD was too short!! Adoptive parents viewing 10 Things: Adoption Search and Reunion said that it helped them to better understand both the birth parents of their children and the feelings and questions that the children they adopted might have about their own birth parents. The issues raised in 10 Things are also important for child welfare workers to think about as they are planning an adoption for a child. Gathering all available information for the child about relatives and important people in the childs life at the beginning of the process can smooth the way for an eventual search and reunion, should that become the adopted persons wish later in life. I have worked with birth parents and adopted adults involved in search and reunion for 30 years, and wish I had had this DVD to use as a tool long before now. I highly recommend 10 Things: Adoption Search and Reunion as a unique and valuable addition to the lexicon of adoption resources. --Carol J. Bishop, LMFT, Executive Vice President, Kinship Center


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  • Actors: Kinship Center
  • Directors: Kinship Center
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Kinship Center
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000ZMEOKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve & Pat Kutay on February 12, 2008
As a birth-mother who found my daughter when she was 18, and whose relationship has grown steadily over the 15 years since then, I was particularly eager to view "10 Things: Adoption Search & Reunion." I began to watch, jotting down the steps therapist Sharon Roszia outlined, mentally evaluating how each segment fit with my experience. At the same time, I followed with rapt attention the reunion process of Julie, the adoptee, and Wendy, a birth-mom like me.

The advice, the cautions and the expectations which the film expands upon are CLEAR, ENLIGHTENING AND EXTRAORDINARILY PERCEPTIVE. I wish I had had such insights to help me in my own search.
Because for 20 years, I have belonged to support groups in three different states (CA, NC & NM), in addition to reading dozens of books on adoption, plus sharing the journeys of dozens of friends in their searches, I was reminded once again of the thread of similarty tieing us all together, yet also the complete uniqueness of each adoption story.

I can state with ENTHUSIASM that this DVD COVERED EVERY POSSIBLE FACET OF SEARCH & REUNION, many of which had never even occurred to me.
Naturally, I addressed each question the film posed. For example, I knew very well "Why" I was searching--I wanted the answers to two burning questions: 1) Is my daughter all right? 2) Does someone love her? Because my support group at the time had adoptees, adoptive parents and birth-parents, I knew it was important for my daughter (the adoptee) to control our reunion. Thus, I wrote her a letter (which I previewed with my support group before sending), introducing myself and giving her the choice to meet me. Two weeks later she came for our first week's visit, a time filled with laughter and tears.
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