About the Authors:
Joe Soll, the author of the original Adoption Healing... A Path to Recovery for adoptees is a diplomate psychotherapist and lecturer internationally recognized as an expert in adoption related issues and a former adjunct professor of social work at Fordham University Graduate School. He is director and co-founder of Adoption Crossroads in New York City, a non-profit organization that helps reunite and gives support to adoptees, original parents and those who have adopted.
Adoption Crossroads is affiliated with more than 450 mental health institutions and adoption search and support groups in eight countries, representing more than 500,000 individuals whose lives have been affected by adoption. Adoption Crossroads is also dedicated to educating the public about adoption issues, preserving families and reforming current adoption practices.
The director and founder of the Adoption Counseling Center in New York City, Mr. Soll is also co-organizer and co-chair of the New York State Adoption Agency Task Force; a member of Matilda Cuomo's 1993 Advisory Council on the "Adoption Option"; conference chair and board member of the American Adoption Congress, a trustee of the International Soundex Reunion Registry. He's a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the American Association of Grief Counselors, and a member of the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Social Workers and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Since 1989, Mr. Soll has organized and coordinated seven international mental health
conferences on adoption attended by mental health professionals. He has been an expert witness in court about adoption related issues and has lectured widely at adoption agencies, social work schools, mental health facilities and mental health conferences in the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Soll has appeared on radio and television more than 300 times, given more than 130 lectures on adoption related issues and has been featured or quoted in more than three dozen newspapers, books and magazines. In 1994 he was portrayed as a therapist in the NBC made-for-TV movie about adoption, The Other Mother. He recently played himself in the HBO original movie Reno Finds Her Mom. He was featured in the 2001 Telly Award winning Global Japan documentary, "Adoption Therapist: Joe Soll".
His own story as an adoptee has been presented more than thirty times on Unsolved Mysteries. He has walked the 250 miles from New York City to Washington, D.C. six times to create public awareness of the need for adoption reform. He resides in Congers, NY and maintains an office in New York City.
Karen Wilson Buterbaugh is one of seven exiled mothers whose personal experience of surrender during the "baby scoop era" of the 1960s was audio taped for Everlasting," a multimedia sound and video installation by artist Ann Fessler. The stories collected for this exhibition, which showcased the voices of mothers of loss from the 1950s and 1960's, will become part of the women's oral history collection at Harvard University's Schlesinger Library.
In 1966, Karen was first interred in two "wage homes" with strangers, ironically without wages, before being deposited as an "inmate" at the Florence Crittenton maternity facility in Washington D.C. She completed her senior year at the facility before giving birth to her daughter, Michelle Renee, at George Washington Hospital, Washington, D.C., in July 1966. Both were returned to the maternity facility and then separated on August 1, 1966, after she and her baby had spent ten days together in the facility's post-partum wing. Thirty years later, she hired an investigative agency to locate her daughter, now named Maria. Their in person reunion took place in February 1998.
Ms Buterbaugh has been writing about adoption since 1997 and is the author of two articles, "Setting the Record Straight," published by Moxie Magazine (April 2001), and "Not By Choice," published by Eclectica Magazine (January 2002). Her personal story of adoption surrender, "Relative Strangers: A Mother's Experience of Adoption Loss" is scheduled for publication in
Karen is co-founder of Mothers for Open Records Everywhere co-founder of OriginsUSA and a founding member of Mothers Exploited By Adoption. She is married and lives in Virginia. She has three grown daughters. Her oldest, Michelle Renee, was the baby she lost to adoption.
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What People are Saying About This
Adoption Healing is a testament to the terrible and long-lasting injustice that
was done to so many women in our recent past, when 'authorities' snatched their babies and told
these mothers that they would forget. Buterbaugh and Soll have crafted a deeply caring book that
reaches out to mothers who will never forget.
author of "Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade", and "Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the U.S."
As an adoption reform activist, I found Adoption Healing to be the most straightforward and
honest book I have ever read. The authors presentation of the material explains the myths and
facts of the exiled mother's experience in a most clear and concise manner. Adoption Healing is
one of those very special books that is difficult to put down!
Adoption activist and author of "I Would Have Searched Forever" & "To Prison With Love."
This book is a 'must read' for every mother who lost her precious infant to adoption. It is the
wake-up call for mothers who have 'sleep-walked' through their lives from the moment their
babies were taken for adoption and given to 'worthier' people. It will lead her safely through the
quagmire of painful, suppressed memory, out of the darkness of denied love, of exile, into the
light of a life fully lived. It is essential reading for therapists. It will equip them to assist mothers
into recovery and beyond. It provides therapeutic possibilities for mothers, and educational
possibilities for therapists, to help both understand the depth of the life-long dysfunction in
mothers following adoption. There is a long and painful recovery ahead for every mother. This
book will help therapists to understand....how deep the trauma goes. This book validates the
mother's adoption loss and deals with her wounds. Out of the lies surrounding adoption, comes
this truth. How terrible it is to lose a child. No one who reads this book will be able to view
adoption as a viable 'solution' to unplanned pregnancy, ever again. This book shows the mother
of adoption loss how to deal with the pain and how to reclaim her motherhood and her humanity.
It will lead her safely home to herself.
author of Death by Adoption
Adoption Healing needs to carry a warning: 'Beware! Read at your own risk. Long-buried
feelings are bound to surface. Not advisable to read without support.' Adoption healing is not
for the fainthearted. Some will say it's radical, and it is. But it is the very radicalness that leads
you to your own truth -- to the place of healing.
author of "The Other Mother" and "Mary Queen of Scots" ; playwright of "The Sacred Virgin"