When a new resource becomes available that I think will help my clients and the readers of my blog, I try to highlight them. This week I have three to share - one a website, one a book, and one a podcast.
Severance Magazine is a new resource for the growing group of individuals who learn they have been separated by biological relatives. You can read articles, news, connect with other resources, and share your own story through print and video. Those who will benefit included those who are adopted, donor conceived, NPE (“not the parent expected”), and the less-common situations of those who have been switched at birth, kidnapped, or abandoned as children.
Family members (on both the biological and social sides) and professionals who work with these individuals will also benefit from learning about the experience of discovering and adjusting to unexpected news about parentage.
Severance Magazine offerings will grow over time. It currently includes the first full review of my recently-released book co-authored with Shannon Combs-Bennett, The DNA Guide for Adoptees, highlighted here: https://severancemag.com/?p=2391.
We are honored to have it highlighted along side the memoir of award-winning author Dani Shapiro’s Inheritance, my next highlighted resource. I met Dani at a book signing event earlier this year and was impressed by her ability to both connect with the audience and also bring us along on her emotional journey of making a surprise discovery about her sperm donor origins.
In addition to the person whose personally impacted by the parentage discovery, other members of the family are impacted by DNA surprise discoveries as well.
In a recent interview on The Beagle Has Landed podcast, Kif Augustine-Adams shares the perspective of the adult child who learns their mother has kept a secret about a child relinquished for adoption. Laura Hercher’s most recent pod for her podcast is a sensitive and insightful interview. Kif is a law professor passionate about family history who—like so many—found that the innocent act of spitting in a tube led to the discovery that turned her understanding of her family’s history on its head. Laura is a genetic counselor, writer, author, faculty member who trains genetic counselors, and podcaster who has interviewed a range of genetics folks. I’d recommend her other podcasts as well (and for the sake of full disclosure, I was on the show last year speaking on the DNA surprise topic as well).
Check out the “Resources for You” tab of my website for a full list of growing resources. And reach out to schedule a 1-on-1 session with me if you have an unexpected DNA surprise and could use compassion and a set of DNA expert eyes to review your unexpected finding and help you figure out where to go next.