Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist for Autobiography/Memoirs (2009)

Editor’s Choice award and Rising Star Designation and is now part of Barnes & Noble’s Special Collections, “Catch A Rising Star”, a page dedicated to finding Up-And-Coming Authors.

"...Her story is unforgettable." -Kathleen Daley for the Star-Ledger

"Bauer’s yearning to understand her past the journey of her search and the resulting complexities make for captivating storytelling..... Bauer is able to make a personal narrative feel like a universal truth." ForeWord Review

Monday, May 9, 2011

N.J. Assembly passes bill allowing adopted adults to learn parents' names

Wow!!!  Way to go New Jersey!
The Adoptees' Birthright Bill, (A1406/S799) would allow adopted adults 18 years of age and older to receive a copy of their original birth certificate upon request.  We need only our Governor to sign the bill for it to become law.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Great Site for Adoption Reform in NJ

NJ-Care, is a grass roots organization that advocates for honesty in adoption.  What more could any of us in the adoption triad want?  Visit this website to learn more about how this organization is reaching out to our legislators in New Jersey to bring about change in current laws pertaining to adult individuals who are adopted.
Right now they are asking that we write to Governor Christie and ask that he sign the Adoptees' Birthright Bill (SCS799/1399) into law.  I'm writing my letter today...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oprah's Sister...Wow! Brought tears to my eyes

I didn't hear the news about Oprah's sister until this morning while watching Good Morning America and my God! I could relate to her long lost sister Patricia. I too had that lifelong urge to know who gave birth to me and to know the circumstances surrounding my adoption. Unlike Patricia, I did not find a famous sister, but very much like Patricia, I too wanted to know my biological family and this precious piece of information about my origins meant more than money, fame or some news story to be sold to the press. I send tons of kudos to Patricia for staying true to her heart and never giving up her desire to be reunited with her original family.  Family and knowing about your beginnings far outweighs money and fame as this touching reunion demonstrates.
Maybe, just maybe...this reunion between Oprah and her long-lost adopted sister will bring some light to the issue of Adoptee's in America not having legal access to their own vital birth information in 42 states.  It's crazy but in New Jersey, I still do not have the right to see my original birth certificate even though I am in reunion with both my birth mother and birth father.
I'll keep watching this story...bringing tears to my eyes...