1. What happens when a state allows adopted citizens to have their original birth certificates? In 2011, Illinois became the largest state in the Union to reverse sealed records laws, providing 350,000 adult adoptees access to the document recording their birth. A Simple Piece of Paper tells the story of sixteen adoptees, as they open their records. Their collective experiences provoke a new question: what would have happened if the records had been opened sooner...

    # vimeo.com/88410746 Uploaded 859 Plays 0 Comments
  2. Following the lives of Dave and Joe, ages 52 and 67, this feature film delves deep into the issues that adoptees in closed adoption face. The unexpected conclusion of both men's stories underscores the need for change in adoption policy in all fifty states in America.

    # vimeo.com/198072410 Uploaded 332 Plays 0 Comments
  3. When we were able to get "For the Life of Me" onto PBS, it was necessary to shorten the film to 56 minutes. The name was changed to differentiate between the versions - the shorter one being called, "ADOPTED: for the life of me". The film had a wonderful three year run on PBS, and sometimes still pops up on their stations - always fun to see. There is a website dedicated to the film: adoptedforthelifeofme.com.

    # vimeo.com/202415517 Uploaded 929 Plays 0 Comments
  4. When state legislatures discuss bills that would allow adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates, opposition groups argue that birthmothers were promised privacy. But such groups are not composed of birthmothers (or first mothers, as is the preferred title today). Four mothers speak about their experiences - and feelings - highlighting the powerful and excruciating experience they each survived. Their brief stories reflect the sentiments of the vast majority of birthmothers in this country.

    # vimeo.com/119964199 Uploaded 20.4K Plays 3 Comments
  5. When Betsie Norris set out to change the Ohio law which sealed adoptees original birth certificates, she had no idea who'd been responsible for sealing the records in the first place: her own father. He becomes an advocate alongside her, but it will take a quarter of a century of work, before a historic passage takes place.

    # vimeo.com/101580095 Uploaded 357 Plays 1 Comment

Adoptee Film Channel

Jean A. S. Strauss PRO

Welcome! In honor of New Jersey-CARE's historic adoptee legislative effort, all Silver Tandem adoption films are now free for your viewing. These works have helped many understand the issues adoptees face.

In 2005, NJ-CARE's Pam Hasegawa asked me…


+ More

Welcome! In honor of New Jersey-CARE's historic adoptee legislative effort, all Silver Tandem adoption films are now free for your viewing. These works have helped many understand the issues adoptees face.

In 2005, NJ-CARE's Pam Hasegawa asked me to make a public service announcement. The films below are a direct result of her request. Today, as NJ's adopted citizens can finally request their records, I'm launching the ADOPTEE FILM CHANNEL.

Please share widely!

Browse This Channel

Shout Box

  • Ginger Rodgers

    As a First Mother, I truly believe that the privacy rules are there to protect Adopters rights to ownership of the Child - That adopters do not want anyone else to have access to "their" child

    by Ginger Rodgers

  • Jean A. S. Strauss

    There are two versions of "For the Life of Me" (actually, there are five, but that's another story...) I just put up the version that played on PBS - "ADOPTED: for the life of me". It is 56 minutes long, about 16 minutes shorter than the original feature. There's also even shorter versions - if someone needs one, just email me and I'll put the others up!

    by Jean A. S. Strauss

  • Jean A. S. Strauss

    We've had over 1200 views in the first week of the Adoptee Film Channel! Huge!
    Every week we'll load a new film. This week's is in the Legislative section - 'Sara' - an interview with the legislator who got access legislation passed in Illinois (okay, a few of her colleagues help). Here Sara speaks on the eve of the bill's enactment - long before folks began receiving their records...

    by Jean A. S. Strauss

Heads up: the shoutbox will be retiring soon. It’s tired of working, and can’t wait to relax. You can still send a message to the channel owner, though!

Channels are a simple, beautiful way to showcase and watch videos. Browse more Channels.