Relinquishment of children to a new set of parents, as a final, irrevocable act, severing all rights of the birthparents, must be discontinued.Annette and her legacy live on in her books and her Five Part video:
Open adoption, which we helped pioneer, is not a solution to the problems inherent in adoption. Without legal sanction, open adoption is an unenforceable agreement at the whim of the adoptive parents. Instead, we propose a form of guardianship adoption that we believe would be in the best interests of all concerned, with special benefits for the adoptee for it would decrease the abandonment/rejection issue and permit the child to know the birthparents as real people who cared about him but could not raise him.
We have always maintained that adoptive placement is the last resort, to be considered only when all other options have been thoroughly explored. However, our practice has never reflected this concept. A TIME FOR SWEEPING CHANGE, by Annette Baran and Reuben Pannor, Concerned United Birthparents, 1991.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Grieving the Loss of Great Woman and a Staunch, Tireless, Longtime Adoption Reformer
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Annette Baran this morning. Adoption reform has lost a great woman and a trooper for openness and honesty adoption practices. Annette favored simple adoption/guardianship replace the convoluted deceitful form the U.S. has practiced for a generation.